Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Day's a-Breakin'

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 47 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is a jumped-up song sung by Rufus Bland and James Brown. Performance Note: "Day's a-Breakin'" (vocals) performed by James Brown, Rufus Bland at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Brown, James - Bland, Rufus - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Bland, Rufus]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Jesus Says I'm Welcome

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 45 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A spiritual, sung by "Uncle" Bradley Eberhard, a work-crippled, 66-year-old African American. He worked more than a quarter of a century in railroad work gangs and is still proud of his role as singer when the men were laying track. Now toothless and a semi-invalid, he ...

    • Contributor: Eberhard, Bradley, Uncle - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Eberhard, Bradley (Uncle)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-26
  • Palia Geitonia

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (6 minutes, 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong commemorating the liberation of Greece from Turkish rule in 1832. The singer is director of the Byzantine Choir of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, George - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Anastassio, George - Anastassiou, Professor George
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • 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
  • I'm Going to Georgia

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 58 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A turpentine worker's song. The singer, born in Southton County, North Carolina, first heard this song sung in Seville, Georgia in 1889. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance ...

    • Contributor: Thomas, Phillip H. - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Thomas, Phillip H. (P. H.) - Thomas, P. H.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • L&N Mobile

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 40 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A railroad work song, sung while lining track. The singer, "Uncle" Bradley Eberhard, a work-crippled, 66-year-old African American, worked more than a quarter of a century in railroad work gangs and is still proud of his role as singer when the men were laying track. ...

    • Contributor: Eberhard, Bradley, Uncle - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Eberhard, Bradley (Uncle)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-26
  • Song about the departure of Seminole Indians from Florida for Oklahoma

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is a song about the departure of Seminole Indians from Florida for Oklahoma. It is sung by Katie Smith and Courtney Parker. All of these songs were recorded at the Brighton Indian Day School, Brighton, Florida." In 1830, U.S. Congress passed the Indian Removal ...

    • Contributor: Smith, Katie - Parker, Courtney - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Boehmer, William J.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Apostolos

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 51 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A reading from a portion of the Acts or the letters of the Apostles in the New Testament. This is read before the Bishop or priest reads from the Holy Bible the Gospel of the day. Upon completion of the reading, the choir ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, George - Greek Orthodox Church (Tarpon Springs, Fl.). Byzantine Choir - Filareton, John - Byzantine Choir - Anastassio, George - Anastassiou, Professor George
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • Epiphaneia

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 13 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong, with a description in English. The singer is director of the Byzantine Choir of Tarpon Springs, Florida. 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 ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, George - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Anastassio, George - Anastassiou, Professor George
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Perimenontas tey epistrophe sou

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 33 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. Performance Note: "Perimenontas tey epistrophe sou" (vocals) performed by Nick Theos at Tarpon Springs, Florida, on August 25, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Theos, Nick - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-25
  • Jeremiah Jumped in the Fire

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 33 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | 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 Islands who later emigrated to South Florida. The unique accent of the Conchs--a ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes) : analog ; 12 in. | An old Spanish love song, heard in Key West. Evelio Andux, age 37, of Cuban descent (father of French descent), was born in Key West. Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 by Cuban cigar manufacturers under the leadership of Vicente Martínez de ...

    • Contributor: Andux, Evelio - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Antio

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 38 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong. 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 be identified. Performance Note: "Antio" (vocals) performed by Evee G. Anastassiou at ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, Evee G. - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Dance Song (Patriotic)

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 1 second) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong, with an announcement in English. The singer is director of the Byzantine Choir of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, George - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Anastassio, George - Anastassiou, Professor George
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Cas radosti, veselosti

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 29 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Christmas carol that is known and sung in Slavia, Florida. The group 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 ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 4 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A blues tune sung throughout the South. "The words are not rhymed; it's the typical Negro pattern, the same line repeated three times with a sort of flip line on the end; and the change is in the tune rather than in the words, for ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Uncle Bud

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 46 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is 'Uncle Bud' sung by James Brown and Rufus Bland.'" According to Zora Neale Hurston, who also performed a version of this song for a WPA fieldworker, this is a social song, for amusement, sung by men all over the South; it's a "jook ...

    • Contributor: Brown, James - Bland, Rufus - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Brown, James]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Big Boy, Can't You Move 'em

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 32 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A railroad work song, sung by "Uncle" Bradley Eberhard, a work-crippled, 66-year-old African American. He worked more than a quarter of a century in railroad work gangs and is still proud of his role as singer when the men were laying track. Now toothless and ...

    • Contributor: Eberhard, Bradley, Uncle - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Eberhard, Bradley (Uncle)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-26
  • 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
  • Agiasmos

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 5 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The blessing of the water. At the conclusion of the sermon, a basin of water is brought in to be blessed. During this ceremony the Archbishop prays that God will send His Holy Spirit in blessing. He commemorates those of the faithful who ...

    • Contributor: Athenagoras, Archbishop - Karaphillis, Theo - Greek Orthodox Church (Tarpon Springs, Fl.). Byzantine Choir - Filareton, John - Karaphillis, Rev. Father - Byzantine Choir
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • Ughniyah li al-Atfal

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 13 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The lullaby in the Arabic language is based on a fourteenth century historical incident, which took place in Lebanon. This little story is told in song, and is meant to express the love of a father and mother for their children, as well as the ...

    • Contributor: Debs, Nicholas - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cornwall, Robert - Stedman, Lillian - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-03-10
  • To mikro potamaki

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 43 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Helen Sarris will sing a children's play song in Greek, titled 'The Little Brook.'" The singer is 10 years old. 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 ...

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