Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • You're a grand old flag

    sound recording | Sound tape reel: analog, 2 track stereo 7 1/2 ips | Taken from the Marine Band "Dream Hour" (radio program) recordings, circa 1953. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: [Cohan, George M. (George Michael)] - U. S. Marine Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1953
  • The Iron Merrimac

    sound recording | 1sound recording | Judge Learned Hand was from Essex County, New York. (Biographical). Recorded in Washington, D.C. (Venue). Recorded October 3, 1942. (Date). First published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L28, "Songs of American History and the Assasination of Presidents," 1952. (Bibliographic History). Forms part of the Judge Learned Hand Recordings collection. (Source). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Hand, Learned - Semmig, Arthur - Langenegger, John
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • Colley's Run-I-O

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L28 "Cowboy Songs, Ballads, and Cattle Calls from Texas," edited by Duncan Emrich, 1952. (Bibliographic History). Versions of this woodsman's song are known in Maine, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. (General). Forms part of the L. Parker Temple Recordings collection. (Source). Recorded at the Library of Congress. (Venue). Recorded in 1946. ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Temple, L. Parker - Korson, Rae
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • Starving to Death on a Government Claim

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | First published in Library of Congress LP AFS L30 "Songs of the Mormons and Songs of the West," edited by Duncan Emrich. (Bibliographic History). Vance Randolph was a folklorist famous for his documentation of Ozark folklife. He was born in Pittsburg, Kansas. (Biographical). Recorded in 1941. (Date). The Lane County referred to in the song is in ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Randolph, Vance
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • Freighting from Wilcox to Globe

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Recorded in Chandler, Arizona. (Venue). Recorded in 1949. (Date). First published in Library of Congress LP AFS L30 "Songs of the Mormons and Songs of the West," edited by Duncan Emrich. (Bibliographic History). Recorded by Peter Tufts on a joint project of the Library of Congress and the University of Arizona Folklore Committee. (Source Note). Forms part ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Busby, Abraham John - Tufts, Peter
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • Root hog or die

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L30, "Songs of the Mormons and Songs of the West," edited by Duncan Emrich. (Bibliographic History). Forms part of the Vance Randolph Collection. (Source). Recorded in 1941. (Date). Recorded in Bradleyville, Missouri. (Venue). This is a parody of a popular minstrel show song of the same title that was ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Randolph, Vance - Denoon, Jimmy
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • Articles About Songs - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Collections

    Original essays and articles are available on this site to help provide historical context and a deeper view for those who wish to learn more about particular topics. The Library's curators have written articles on historical topics and song, musical styles, individual songs, and songs of various ethnic groups in America.

    • Date: 1759
  • Interactive Maps - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Collections

    See the connection between America's geography and song through interactive maps that offer songs from the states and about the states.

    • Date: 1581
  • Historical Topics - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Collections

    The history of America is reflected through its songs. Read more about how immigration and migration; work and industry; social change; war and conflict; politics and political campaigns; and sports and leisure in the United States have been portrayed in song. Listen to examples for all.

    • Date: 1581
  • The Handcart Song

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | First published in Library of Congress LP AFS L30 "Songs of the Mormons and Songs of the West," edited by Duncan Emrich. (Bibliographic History). Forms part of the Austin Fife and Alta Fife Collection. (Source). Recorded in 1946. (Date). Recorded in Ogden, Utah. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Fife, Austin E. - Hilton, L. M.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • It's a long, long way to tipperary

    Notated Music. print | 1 score (5 pages) ; 34 cm | written and composed by Harry Williams and Jack Judge. (Statement Of Responsibility). For voice and piano. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. (Additional Physical Form). Staff notation. (Language). Print (Form). Unmediated (Form). Volume (Form).

    • Contributor: Chappell & Co., Ltd - Judge, Jack - Williams, Harry
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1953

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  • Echo Canyon

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | First published in Library of Congress LP AFS L30 "Songs of the Mormons and Songs of the West," edited by Duncan Emrich. (Bibliographic History). Forms part of the Austin Fife and Alta Fife Collection. (Source). Recorded in 1946. (Date). Recorded in Ogden, Utah. (Venue). According to the collector, Austin Fife, this song was sung by workers on ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Hilton, L. M. - Fife, Austin E.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Collections

    Explore the relationship between cultural and historical events to American song on this timeline.

    • Date: 1759
  • The star spangled banner

    sound recording | 1 sound tape reel: analog, 2 track stereo 7 1/2 ips | Taken from the Marine Band "Dream Hour" (radio program) recordings, circa 1953. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Smith, John Stafford - U.S. Marine Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1953
  • America the beautiful

    sound recording | Sound tape reel: analog, 2 track stereo 7 1/2 ips | Taken from the Marine Band Dream Hour recordings, circa 1953. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Ward, Samuel - U.S Marine Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1953
  • Curator Talks - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Collections

    The curators of the collections at the Library of Congress give more information about the history of song in the United States in these brief "Curator Talk" videos with the help of illustrations and audio clips.

    • Date: 1759
  • The Southern Soldier

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | First published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L28, "Songs of American History and the Assasination of Presidents," 1952. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in 1937. (Date). Forms part of the John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1937. (Source). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Morgan, Minta - Lomax, John A. (John Avery)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • The boatmen's dance from Old American Songs, set 1

    manuscript sketch | 26 p. 12.5 x 9.5in. (holograph sketches, complete set) | Recordings: LC concert, 7 December 2004 (with pianist Wolfram Rieger); LC demo, October 2003 (with pianist Craig Rutenburg). (Additional Form). Copyright 1950 by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Copyright renewed. Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole licensee. Reprinted by permission of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. (Copyright Notice). This item used by ...

    • Contributor: Boosey & Hawkes - Copland, Aaron - Emmett, Daniel Decatur
    • Original Format: Photos, Prints, Drawings
    • Date: 1950

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  • On the Road to California

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | First published in Library of Congress LP AFS L30 "Songs of the Mormons and Songs of the West," edited by Duncan Emrich. (Bibliographic History). Forms part of the Austin Fife and Alta Fife Collection. (Source). Recorded in 1947. (Date). Recorded in St. George, Utah. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Morris, William T. - Fife, Austin E.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • 1950 to Present - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Collections

    Cultural and historical events from 1950 to present related to American song.

    • Date: 1950
  • Amazing grace

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, mono. ; 10 in. | "Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Lottie Henry and the Rosettes" (Performers). "Sacred Singing with Organ Accompaniment" (Performers). 2 minutes (Extent). 2 minutes (Extent). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Decca - Tharpe, Sister Rosetta - Henry, Lottie - Rosettes
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1950

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  • Phil Sheridan

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Judge Learned Hand was from Essex County, New York. (Biographical). Recorded in Washington, D.C. (Venue). Recorded October 3, 1942. (Date). First published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L28, "Songs of American History and the Assasination of Presidents," 1952. (Bibliographic History). Forms part of the Judge Learned Hand Recordings collection. (Source). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Hand, Learned - Semmig, Arthur - Langenegger, John
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • Star spangled banner

    sound recording | 1sound tape reel: analog, 2 track stereo 7 1/2 ips | Taken from the Marine Band Dream Hour recordings, circa 1953. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: U. S. Marine Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1953
  • About this Collection - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Collections

    See and Hear American History Through Song "Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing." – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work (1884) Listen to the changes in the "Star Spangled Banner" as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in which ...

    • Date: 1581
  • Biographies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Collections

    Short biographies are available for some of the many composers, lyricists, performers, conductors, field collectors, and folklorists who have played a part in the history of American songs.

    • Date: 1759