"Tom Dooley" by
is a folk song based on the 1866
murder of a woman named Laura Foster in Wilkes County, North
Carolina, allegedly by Tom Dula. A local poet named Thomas Land
wrote a song about the tragedy, titled "Tom Dooley" (which was how
Dula's name was pronounced), shortly after Dula was hanged. The
sweetheart murder ballad was covered by many artists, but the most
successful version was the Kingston Trio recordings. "Tom Dooley"
reached no.1 in many countries, like the United States, Canada,
Germany, Australia, Italy, and Norway. Furthermore it was the second most successful
hit in the 50's of the 20th century, after 'Whatever Will Be, Will
Be (Que Sera, Sera)' by Doris Day.