Was there a Real New York Mining Disaster in 1941?

The death of Maurice Gibb has reminded me of the Bee Gees first big American hit, “New York Mining Disaster 1941”. Was the song based on an actual event? I’ve googled without success.

No.

Oh.

well that was a short and concise thread.

To keep a dying thread alive, if there wasn’t a New York mining disaster in 1941, why’d they write a song by that name? Was it completely random? Were they high off their ass and it popped out of someone’s head? An inside joke?

At this point, maybe we should move it to Cafe Society. Mods???