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  • Merce Explanation

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 9 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | An explanation of the performers and performance style of the song "Merce." 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 ...

    • Contributor: Halpert, Herbert - Pages, Art
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-21
  • El columpio

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 52 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A rhythmical Cuban song composed by Dr. Matilde R. Cruz Planas in Havana, Cuba. The singer, Benildes Remond Isern, was then a schoolteacher and later, under the married name Benildes Remond Sanchez, director of the San Carlos Institute for twenty-five years. The San Carlos Institute in ...

    • Contributor: Isern, Benildes Remond - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Isern, Benildes Ramond - Isern, Benuildes Remond - Isern, Señorita Benildes Remond
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-22
  • Clever Glenn Carver

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Reid, Allen
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-03
  • Samiotisa

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 31 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | 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: "Samiotisa" (vocals) performed by Mary Gianèskis, and John Gonatos at Tarpon ...

    • Contributor: Manticos, Mary G. - Gonatos, John - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Gianèskis, Mary - Granèskis, Mary - Gnatos, John
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-25
  • Oh Cap'n Cain' Read

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Johnson, Dawson
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-04
  • All Around the Maypole

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 26 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A ring play known since childhood by the singer, age 33, who grew up in Savannah, Georgia. The tempo of this song slows down in the first minute, then speeds up again. Performance Note: "All Around the Maypole" (vocals with patting) performed by Ellabell Singleton ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 19 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A social song, for amusement, sung by men all over the South; a "jook song," it is not sung in front of respectable ladies. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • 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
  • I Heard a Mighty Rumblin' at the Water Trough

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 43 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A work song performed by Fred Lee Fox, a 20-year-old turpentine worker born in Georgia. Performance Note: "I Heard a Mighty Rumblin' at the Water Trough" (vocals) performed by Fred Lee Fox at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 1, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). ...

    • Contributor: Fox, Fred Lee - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Greek Song in preparation for Greek Independence Day

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 31 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | 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 1905. The sound ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Child - Filareton, John
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • Ked sa Slovak zo svey vlasty odberal

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 18 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Mrs. Elizabeth Prácher learned this song from her father in Czechoslovakia. 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. ...

    • Contributor: Prácher, Elizabeth - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Gallito el torero (Part 1 of 2)

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (5 minutes, 41 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Spanish story about a bootblack who became a bullfighter, told by Martin Noriega, age 51, of Cuban parentage. He may have learned from the reading of a "lectore" in the cigar factory. Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 ...

    • Contributor: Noriega, Martin - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Teasing Game

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 43 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Victoria Valdez, age 25, and Zenaida Beuron, age 28, born in Tampa, play a teasing game. 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 ...

    • Contributor: Valdez, Victoria - Beuron, Zenaida - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-23
  • Let's Shake It

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 53 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Negro track-lining chant, learned at a railroad camp in [Callahan?] (North Florida) in 1935. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project in Florida. Performance Note: "Let's Shake ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Introduction to Snake Song

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 22 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is a group of Florida Seminole Indians recording their native songs. The first is the Snake Song. The singers are John Josh, Naha Tiger, Barfield Johns, Robert Osceola, and Billy Bowlegs. This song is used at the annual Hunting Dance." The Hunting Dance is ...

    • Contributor: Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Boehmer, William J.]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Señora Santana

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 59 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A story about a child who had an apple and lost it; someone tried to give him another, but he wanted the one which he had lost. The singer, Adelpha Pollato, learned the song as a child in Key West, Florida. Ybor City, now a neighborhood ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 54 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A classic song of oriental rhythm, originating in Turkey, which tells of a girl who sang in the Palace of the Sultan. The Greek words of this old classic are still popular today. The singer is a member of the Byzantine Choir of Tarpon Springs, ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, Evee G. - Filareton, John
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • The Crow

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 17 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A song from the Bahama Islands, said by Dr. [Melville] Herskovits to have originated in West Africa, where the crow is sacred. The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "The Crow" (vocals with accordion, drums, and trombone) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle ...

    • Contributor: Rolle, Theodore "Tea Roll" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • 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
  • Joe Mows

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 33 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Albert Spaulding, 21-year-old assistant manager of the turpentine camp commissary, tells of a worker coming to the commissary to purchase three eight-penny nails and a new paper bag; he was making a Joe Mow for under his pillow, to keep the witches away. A ...

    • Contributor: Spaulding, Albert - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Sta-Xena-Traho

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 32 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Jennie Castrounis will sing 'Sta-Xena-Traho,' a Greek national hymn about the Mother Country." 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, ...

    • Contributor: Castrounis, Jennie - Morris, Alton Chester - Corse, Carita Doggett - Morris, Alton C. - [Corse, Carita Doggett]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-10-04
  • The Story of Juan José Introduction

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 52 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Martin Noriega, age 51, of Cuban parentage, is introduced and says that he is going to tell the story of Juan José. Ziomara Andux, age 13, acts as interpreter for Martin Noriega, giving his explanation of the type of story he is going to tell. ...

    • Contributor: Noriega, Martin - Andux, Ziomara - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-25
  • La Bayamese (Himno Nacional Cubano)

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 39 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The National Anthem of Cuba was written by Pedro Felipe (Perucho) Figueredo, a patriot, in the year 1868 during the Revolution. He composed it in Bayamo, the first town captured in the War against Spain. It was sung by a quartet of girls from the San ...

    • Contributor: Soto, Dalia - Soto, Violeta - Leon, Auroia - Baso, Evelia - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-22
  • Disc sleeve for AFS Disc #2708

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill)
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1939-06-03

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  • Maria

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 31 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: "Maria" (vocals) performed by Nick Theos at Tarpon ...

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