Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Mississippi Blues

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Published on Library of Congress LP AFS L59, "Negro Blues and Hollers," edited by Marshall W. Stearns. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in 1942. (Date). Recorded at Sadie Beck's Plantation, Arkansas. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Brown, William - Lomax, Alan
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1962
  • Odetta! An Interview for the American Folklife Center

    videorecording | 1 videorecording; 35 min | Interview on November 3, 2003. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Odetta - Bulger, Peggy A.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2003
  • Jesus is My Only Friend

    sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). April 10, 1926 (Date). Spoken at the end of this recording: sung by Bessie Shaw, Oakhill, Georgia, April the tenth, Nineteen twenty-six. (Content). Some verses on the original cylinder were not duplicated due to poor sound quality. (Content). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Shaw, Bessie
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1978
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    videorecording | videorecording ; 3 min | Forms part of the Baseball Americana Symposium (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Taylor, David - Alstrom, Ed
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009
  • General Taylor Storming Monterey

    From the manuscript band books of the Manchester Cornet Band (founded in 1854), first set, no. 17. This is a curious composition. While we do not know its date, it was probably written not later than 1848, the year Zachary Taylor was elected President on the strength of his brilliant military success in the Mexican War, and despite the efforts of his commander, fellow ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Knaebel, Simon - Fennell, Frederick
    • Original Format: Notated Music

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  • The dying Ranger

    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). Forms part of the John A. Lomax Texas Recordings, 1942 collection. (Source). Recorded in 1942. (Date). Recorded in Fort Davis, Texas. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Prude, Johnny - Lomax, John A. (John Avery)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1952
  • Door Latch Quickstep

    From the manuscript band books of the Manchester Cornet Band (founded in 1854), second set, no. 15. Goodwin was leader of the Manchester Cornet Band for several years but apparently did not follow it when its director, Walter Dignam, took the band into service during the Civil War. It is recorded that "in 1863 Mr. Goodwin was leader in Wheeler's circus band, which position ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Goodwin, George H. - Fennell, Frederick
    • Original Format: Notated Music

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  • Garfield. (A Nation's Tribute of Mourning for its Deceased President.)

    1 digital file. 1:23 | Few events of the 1880s caused such an outpouring of music as did the assassination of President James A. Garfield. Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881; he survived for more than two months, finally dying on September 19. Frank N. Scott's piece on the assassination was first written and published at a time when it seemed that Garfield ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Scott, Frank N. - Saladini, Robert - Desellem, Phillip
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1998
  • Old Cultures/New Contexts: Presenting the Traditional Music and Dance of Urban Immigrant Communities An Interview with Ethel Raim

    videorecording | 1 videorecording; 62 min | Botkin Lecture Series (Source). June 20, 2008 (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Raim, Ethel - Groce, Nancy
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
  • Force and Violins What the FBI had on Folksingers

    videorecording | videorecording; 50 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). March 19, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Dunaway, David King
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
  • Old Granny Hare

    Sung by William Ernest Bird in Cullowhee, North Carolina, October 28, 1925. Gordon Cylinder Collection. sound recording | 1 cylinder. | Performed by Professor W. E. Bird of Cullowhee State Normal School at Cullowhee, Jackson County, North Carolina, in the mountains to the southwest of Asheville. (Content). Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). October 28, 1925. (Date). This song was published on the Library of Congress ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bird, William Ernest - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1978
  • The Lakes of Ponchartrain

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman Thomas collection of Wisconsin recordings. (Source). Recorded in August 1946. (Date). Published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L55 "Folk Music from Wisconsin," edited by Helene Stratman-Thomas, 1960. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Perry, Frances - Stratman Thomas, Helene
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Haul Away

    sound recording | 1 cylinder. | Recorded in the Eastern U.S (Venue). Recorded ca. 1930 to 1932. (Date). Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source Note). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture. (Source Note). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Wilkins, A. - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1978
  • Captain Finch's Quickstep

    sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Grafulla, C. S. (Claudio S.) - Fennell, Frederick
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1974
  • Gary Haleamau

    Gary Haleamau performs traditional Hawai'ian music from Las Vegas at the Library of Congress, August 20, 2008. videorecording | videorecording ; 70 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). August 20, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Haleamau, Gary - Haleamau, Sheldeen
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
  • Old man's love song

    sound recording | 2 sound cassettes : digital, stereo | Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano. (Performer). Recorded in the Coolidge Auditorium (Library of Congress) on December 7, 2004. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Farwell, Arthur - Hampson, Thomas - Rieger, Wolfram - Library of Congress - Norman P. Scala Memorial Fund
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Low Down, Dirty Dog Blues

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Published on Library of Congress LP AFS L59, "Negro Blues and Hollers," edited by Marshall W. Stearns. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in Robinsonville, Mississippi. (Venue). Recorded in 1942. (Date). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - House, Son
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1962
  • Fanfare for the Common Man

    Article. In March 1943, income taxes were a major issue for the common man. The United States had been at war about fifteen months and government spending soared. The previous year, as other taxes rose, only one in seven taxpayers had managed to save enough from their wages to pay the federal government. Congress had just recently required employers to withhold an employee's estimated ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
  • Stars and Stripes Forever

    Article. The "Flute in C" with silver keys and ferrules was used for 11 years by Mr. Louis P. Fritze, a member of the Sousa Band. He played it in the Band's 1910 around-the-world tour. It has been repaired by a broad silver band at the socket of the head-joint and had mother-of-pearl set in the "stopper."

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
  • Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers

    The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers perform a capella Gospel songs at the Library of Congress, July 16, 2009. videorecording | videorecording ; 65 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). July 16, 2009. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers - Riley, Eric - Jennings, Ric - Page, Greg - Tyehimba, Shaka - Darden, Stace - Davenport, Demetrius
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009
  • 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
  • Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra Albanian Music from New York

    videorecording | videorecording | Library of Congress (Venue). June 19, 2008 (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Halili, Merita - Raif Hyseni Orchestra
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
  • 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
  • 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
  • Songs of Robert Burns

    videorecording | videorecording ; 37 min | Forms part of Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics, and Performance (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bennett, Margaret - Miller, Ed - Kruesi, Margaret - Burns, Robert
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009