Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Anchors aweigh

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: digital; 4 2/4 in. | Taken from "The Bicentennial Collection: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of 'The President's Own' United States Marine Band," disc 2. Originally released by Victor; Cat. 18817-A, B-25572-2, recorded September 26, 1921. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: United States Marine Band - Zimmerman, Charles A. - U.S. Marine Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1998
  • Commentary on Honoring Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0418)

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - McIntyre, Laurel - White, Rufus
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-21
  • Shivering and shaking out in the cold

    1 digital file. 1:30 | Sam Lucas , unlike his fellow African American, James Bland, wrote an occasional song with no racial reference. The cover of "Shivering and Shaking Out in the Cold" shows Lucas in the role portrayed by the song, and the song was sung in the pioneering African American drama Out of Bondage, but the song itself contains neither dialect nor ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lucas, Sam - Saladini, Robert - Arbury, David - Desellem, Phillip
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1998
  • Curator Talks -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    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
  • Commentary on Gourd Dance Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0378)

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - White, Rufus - McIntyre, Laurel
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-20
  • Commentary on Tiny Tots' Shawl Dance Contest Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0472)

    • Contributor: McIntyre, Laurel - Jabbour, Alan - White, Rufus
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-21
  • Commentary on Tiny Tots' Fancy Dance Contest Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0480)

    • Contributor: White, Rufus - Jabbour, Alan - McIntyre, Laurel
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-21
  • Commentary on Women's Traditional Buckskin Dance Contest Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0568)

    • Contributor: McIntyre, Laurel - Jabbour, Alan - White, Rufus
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-22
  • The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    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
  • Oh, dem golden slippers

    1 digital file. 1:36 | James A. Bland's song "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers" started its life in 1879 as a minstrel parody of a spiritual sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. That spiritual ran: "What kind of shoes you going to wear? Golden slippers! Golden slippers I'm bound to wear, That outshine the sun." (The Fisk song was not published until 1880; it was ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bland, James A. - Saladini, Robert - Gill, Linda - Desellem, Phillip
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1998
  • Commentary on Giveaway Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0523)

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - McIntyre, Laurel - White, Rufus
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-22
  • Commentary on Tail Dancers' Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0462)

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - White, Rufus - McIntyre, Laurel
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-21
  • Biographies -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    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
  • Commentary on Gourd Dance Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0379)

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - McIntyre, Laurel - White, Rufus
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-20
  • Grandfather's clock

    1 digital file. 1:14 | Henry Clay Work's 1876 song "Grandfather's Clock" is indisputably the greatest of furniture songs. It avoids sentimentality by its strong story-line and by the humor which moves the story along. (Note the stream of puns in the later verses.) It is, in fact, because of this song that free-standing floor clocks are called "grandfather clocks." Two years later Work ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Work, Henry C. - Saladini, Robert - Greene, John Oswald - Desellem, Phillip
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1998
  • Smick, smack, smuck

    1 digital file. 1:10 | "Smick, Smack, Smuck" is not the earliest piece by John Philip Sousa in this online collection, nor is it the piece most prophetic of his later fame as the "March King." But its polka-style refrain does suggest the saucy tunes that would make his operettas popular. The words, by Sousa himself, bear early witness to the fact that his ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Sousa, John Philip - Saladini, Robert - Gingery, Ralph - Desellem, Phillip
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1998
  • Commentary on Grand Entry Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0388)

    • Contributor: White, Rufus - Jabbour, Alan - McIntyre, Laurel
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-20
  • Commentary on Hethu'shka Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0440)

    • Contributor: White, Rufus - Jabbour, Alan - McIntyre, Laurel
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-21
  • Anchors aweigh

    sound recording | 1 compact disc | Taken from CD titled "From the Sea: Music of the U.S. Navy." Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Department of Defense - Zimmerman, Charles - Miles, Alfred - United States Navy Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1993
  • Articles About Songs -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    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
  • Illustrated Sound Recordings -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    Performances of song and concerts from the Library of Congress are available on this site as well as interviews with performers and composers.

    • Date: 1759
  • Garfield. (A Nation's Tribute of Rejoicing and Prayer for the Recovery of their Beloved President)

    1 digital file. 1:12 | The early form of Frank N. Scott's piece on Garfield, described both as "A Nation's Tribute of Rejoicing" and as "A Prayer for the Recovery of Their Beloved President," was deposited for copyright on September 15, 1881, four days before Garfield's death. (It may well have appeared in stores slightly earlier.) We know little about Scott besides his Garfield ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Scott, Frank N. - Saladini, Robert - Desellem, Phillip
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1998
  • Commentary on Hethu'shka Song (Call Number: AFC 1986/038: 0414)

    • Contributor: McIntyre, Laurel - Jabbour, Alan - White, Rufus
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-21
  • Stars and stripes forever

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: digital; 4 2/4 in. | Taken from "The Bicentennial Collection: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of 'The President's Own' United States Marine Band," disc 5. Original release information: Albert F. Schoepper, conducting. RCA Cat. LSP-2687, Recorded by RCA at Crapton Auditorium, Howard University, Washinton, DC, December 10, 1962. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: United States Marine Band - Sousa, John Philip - U.S. Marine Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1998
  • Commentary on Flag Song

    • Contributor: McIntyre, Laurel - White, Rufus - Jabbour, Alan
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1999-07-20