Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Watermelon Vendor's Street Call

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 8 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Imitation of a watermelon vendor's street cry, heard in Savannah, Georgia when a child. Performance Note: "Watermelon Vendor's Street Call" (vocals) performed by Ellabell Singleton at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 18, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Singleton, Ellabell - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Proi-proi

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (5 minutes, 11 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong. The singer learned this song at her island in Hellena. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. Performance Note: "Proi-proi" (vocals) performed by Mrs. Nick Alvanos at Tarpon Springs, Florida, on August 28, 1939. Performer referred to elsewhere as ...

    • Contributor: Alvanos, Nick, Mrs - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Alvanos, Mrs. Nick - Mandalou, Miss - Translator - Alvanon, Mrs. Nick
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Greek Song in preparation for Greek Independence Day

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 50 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Sarris children Schoolchildren Greek Independence Day is celebrated annually on March 25. It commemorates Greece's independence from the Ottoman Empire, which began with the Revolution of 1821 and was finalized with the Treaty of London in 1832. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Children - Filareton, John - Group of Children
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • Ked komára zenili

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 39 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Slavic folksong performed by a chorus of young people, led by Rev. S. M. (Stephen M.) Tuhy, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Slavia, Florida. The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled in Cleveland in 1912. Performance Note: ...

    • Contributor: Tuhy, Stephen M., Rev - Unidentified Young People - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Tuhy, Rev. Stephen M. (S. M.) - Group of Young People - Tuhy, Rev. S. M.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • Chiquitin

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 36 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A song that originated in Cuba, with an explanation of the song in Spanish. Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 by Cuban cigar manufacturers under the leadership of Vicente Martínez de Ybor. The cigar companies moved from Key West to ...

    • Contributor: Valdez, Amado - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-27
  • Aunt Jemima

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 38 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A song learned in the Bahamas, followed by a verse of "Yankee Doodle." The singer is the wife of Wilbur Roberts. The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Mary Jane - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - [Roberts, Mary Jane] - Roberts, Wilbur
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • Virginia Reel

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 10 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, age 101, was born into slavery, on the McMullen Plantation near Forsythe, Georgia. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance Note: "Virginia Reel" (vocals) performed by Ella ...

    • Contributor: Lassiter, Ella Mcmullen - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Cornwall, Robert] - Lassiter, Ella Mcmullen (Mother)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Captain's Mule (Part 2 of 2)

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 43 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A mule-skinning song sung in the hard roads camp. It would be sung during the day, to give the muleskinners more energy. The singer, age 30, learned it while working as a waterboy (aged 15-16) in middle Florida. He was born in Georgia and reared ...

    • Contributor: Hazelhurst, Harold - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Ej lúcka, lúcka siroká

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 52 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled in Cleveland in 1912. Performance Note: "Ej lúcka, lúcka siroká" (vocals) performed by Lillian Jakubcin, and Emily Mertán at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Slavia, Florida, on August 31, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound ...

    • Contributor: Jakubcin, Lillian - Mertán, Emily - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • Agapi pou ephyge makria

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 35 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong about a sweetheart who has gone away." Greeks, along with Italians and Minorcans, first came to Florida in 1768, led by Dr. Andrew Turnbull. Turnbull settled New Smyrna Beach, Florida. When the colony came to an end in 1777, the settlers relocated to ...

    • Contributor: Tsangaris, Haiclice - Morris, Alton Chester - Corse, Carita Doggett - Morris, Alton C. - [Corse, Carita Doggett]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-09-27
  • Chish-hi-you-bung-gay

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 41 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is William D. Boehmer, teacher at the Brighton Indian Day School, at Brighton, Florida, introducing Lura May Jumper, 8-year-old Seminole girl, a pupil at the school. She will sing a traditional Seminole children's song called 'The Bat Song,' 'Chish-hi-you-bung-gay.'" The sound quality of this recording ...

    • Contributor: Jumper, Lura May - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Boehmer, William J.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Para subir al cielo

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 44 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, Adelpha Pollato, learned the song in Key West, Florida. Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 by Cuban cigar manufacturers under the leadership of Vicente Martínez de Ybor. The cigar companies moved from Key West to avoid unionization of their ...

    • Contributor: Pollato, Adelpha - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-27
  • Dedication Address (Part 1 of 2)

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 19 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | His Grace Archbishop Athenagoras delivered the dedicatory address, interrupted many times, as heard on the record by the noise made by the congregation. The occasion of this ceremony was the public dedication of the building of a Ladies' Society, "Philoptochos" (friend of the ...

    • Contributor: Athenagoras, Archbishop - Greek Orthodox Church (Tarpon Springs, Fl.). Byzantine Choir - Filareton, John - Byzantine Choir
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • Ellenico Nanourisma

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 27 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Greeks, along with Italians and Minorcans, first came to Florida in 1768, led by Dr. Andrew Turnbull. Turnbull settled New Smyrna Beach, Florida. When the colony came to an end in 1777, the settlers relocated to St. Augustine. Performance Note: "Ellenico Nanourisma" (vocals) performed by John ...

    • Contributor: Castrounis, John - Morris, Alton Chester - Corse, Carita Doggett - Morris, Alton C. - [Corse, Carita Doggett]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-10-04
  • [Una canción para niños]

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | 1 minute, 3 seconds The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. In Spanish. (Language). Also included in The John and Ruby Florida 1939 Southern States Recording Trip. (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Unidentified Group of Children - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940
  • Barba Yiani

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 6 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong, learned by the performers in Tarpon Springs and sung by "everyone" there. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still ...

    • Contributor: Stamatopoulou, Kaliope - Gianèskis, Helen - Manticos, Mary G. - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - [Stamatopoulou, Kaliope] - Gianèskis, Mary - Stamatopoulo, Calliope - Granèskis, Helen - Granèskis, Mary
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Nad Tatrou sa blyská (The Slovak National Anthem)

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 54 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The first stanza to this song, following the first stanza to the Czech National Anthem, constituted the national anthem of the Czechoslovak Republic beginning in 1918. Since 1993, the first two stanzas of this song have served as the national anthem of the independent Slovak Republic. ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Girls - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Group of Young Girls
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-09-01
  • Zahucaly hory

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 4 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Masaryktown, named for Thomas G. Masaryk, the first president (1918-1935) of the Czechoslovak Republic, is a community near Tampa settled by Czech farmers in 1924. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still ...

    • Contributor: Prácher, Elizabeth - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Dobrú noc, má milá

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 48 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The group of singers is led by Rev. S. M. (Stephen M.) Tuhy, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Slavia, Florida. The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled in Cleveland in 1912. Performance Note: "Dobrú noc, má milá" (vocals) ...

    • Contributor: Tuhy, Stephen M., Rev - Unidentified Young Men - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Tuhy, Rev. Stephen M. (S. M.) - Group of Young Men - Tuhy, Rev. S. M.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • Vínko, vínko, vínko cervené

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 41 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, Rev. S. M. (Stephen M.) Tuhy, is the pastor of the Lutheran Church of Slavia. The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled in Cleveland in 1912. Performance Note: "Vínko, vínko, vínko cervené" (vocals) performed by Rev. Stephen M. ...

    • Contributor: Tuhy, Stephen M., Rev - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Tuhy, Rev. Stephen M. (S. M.) - Tuhy, Rev. S. M.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • Agapimenoi Chorismenoi

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 28 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Greeks, along with Italians and Minorcans, first came to Florida in 1768, led by Dr. Andrew Turnbull. Turnbull settled New Smyrna Beach, Florida. When the colony came to an end in 1777, the settlers relocated to St. Augustine. Performance Note: "Agapimenoi Chorismenoi" (vocals) performed by Haiclice ...

    • Contributor: Tsangaris, Haiclice - Morris, Alton Chester - Corse, Carita Doggett - Morris, Alton C. - [Corse, Carita Doggett]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-09-27
  • Maria

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 53 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer's mother used to sing this song to her when she was a child. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. Performance Note: "Maria" (vocals) performed by Mary Gianèskis at Tarpon Springs, Florida, on August 25, 1939. Performer referred to elsewhere as ...

    • Contributor: Manticos, Mary G. - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Gianèskis, Mary - Granèskis, Mary
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-25
  • I Lost My Jersey Cow Last Year

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 59 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A "play church" song, which had been sung by children playing church who would make up their own songs rather than sing church songs. The singer, age 39, grew up in South Jacksonville, Florida. She is a blind student of WPA instructor Rev. H. W. ...

    • Contributor: Jackson, Irene - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Alligator Song

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 17 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The Alligator Song from the Green Corn Dance. The Green Corn Dance is a spiritual ritual of purification and thanksgiving held each spring. In this instance, the song was performed with the purpose of being recorded, not as part of the ceremony itself. ...

    • Contributor: Smith, Morgan - Johns, Barfield - Hutts, Sam - Osceola, Richard - Tiger, Naha - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Boehmer, William J.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Donde vas Alfonso Doce?

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 21 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Spanish ballad reported to be well known in Cuba. Alfonso XII was King of Spain. Adelpha Pollato learned the song in Key West, Florida. Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 by Cuban cigar manufacturers under the leadership of Vicente ...

    • Contributor: Valdez, Amado - Pollato, Adelpha - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-27