Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • 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
  • The Old Time Country People

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 42 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A square dance tune. Straws are foot-long fiddle sticks whittled out of fat pine. Albritton and O'Berry say that their ancestors have been Southern fiddlers for several generations. Both are of Scotch-Irish descent. Only one fiddle was used; Albritton used the ...

    • Contributor: Albritton, G. G. - O'Berry, Cleo Wynn - Shoemaker, Johnny Bill - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Shoemaker, Johnny Bill] - Fiddle - O'Berry, Cleo Wynn (C. W.) - Straws - Calls - O'Berry, C. W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-26
  • Steal Partner

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 11 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Performance Note: "Steal Partner" (vocals) performed by Richard Osceola, Naha Tiger, John Josh, and Morgan Smith at Cow Creek settlement, Seminole Indian Reservation, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Osceola, Richard - Tiger, Naha - Josh, John - Smith, Morgan - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Boehmer, William J.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • 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
  • Hurricane

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 58 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A ballad sung by African Americans in South Florida. It commemorates the Miami Hurricane of 1926. Performance Note: "Hurricane" (vocals with banjo and guitar) performed by James Brown, Jr., Walter Van Bass, banjo, and Ned Hugh Bass at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, ...

    • Contributor: Brown, James, Jr. - Bass, Walter Van - Bass, Ned Hugh - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Brown, James - Brown, James Jr. - Banjo - Guitar
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • High Puppies

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 38 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A square dance tune. Of this tune, Albritton said "I made it myself" and "it's personal made. Performance Note: "High Puppies" (fiddle) performed by G. G. Albritton, fiddle at Sebring, Florida, on July 26, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Albritton, G. G. - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Fiddle
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-26
  • 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
  • Virginia Reel

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 10 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, age 101, was born into slavery, on the McMullen Plantation near Forsythe, Georgia. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance Note: "Virginia Reel" (vocals) performed by Ella ...

    • Contributor: Lassiter, Ella Mcmullen - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Cornwall, Robert] - Lassiter, Ella Mcmullen (Mother)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Pastime Annie

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 27 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Performance Note: "Pastime Annie" (banjo, guitar, and violins) performed by Bob Hall, Walter Van Bass, Ned Hugh Bass, and J. C. King at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Hall, Bob - Bass, Walter Van - Bass, Ned Hugh - King, J. C. - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Lord, Lord

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 56 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Crew of "The Boys," a 108-foot menhaden (or pogey) fishing boat of Mayport, Florida, commanded by Captain J. C. Willard. Crew of "The Boys," a 108-foot menhaden (or pogey) fishing boat of Mayport, Florida, commanded by Captain J. C. Willard. Shrimphouse workers A sea chantey ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Performers - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cornwall, Robert - Cook, Robert - Crew of the Boys
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-02
  • Way upon the Sierra Peaks

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 19 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Performance Note: "Way upon the Sierra Peaks" (vocals with guitar) performed by Walter Van Bass, and Ned Hugh Bass at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Bass, Walter Van - Bass, Ned Hugh - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Bass, Walter Van]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • A Lament

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 12 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, age 101, was born into slavery, on the McMullen Plantation near Forsythe, Georgia. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance Note: "A Lament" (vocals) performed by Ella ...

    • Contributor: Lassiter, Ella Mcmullen - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Corse, Carita Doggett] - Lassiter, Ella Mcmullen (Mother)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Shear 'Em

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 5 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Performance Note: "Shear 'Em" (banjo, guitar, and violins) performed by Bob Hall, Walter Van Bass, Ned Hugh Bass, and J. C. King at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Hall, Bob - Bass, Walter Van - Bass, Ned Hugh - King, J. C. - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Cornwall, Robert]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Christmas Song

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Christmas song that "Mother" Ella Lassiter's grandmother used to sing when she was a little girl. The singer, age 101, was born into slavery, on the McMullen Plantation near Forsythe, Georgia. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Christmas Song" (vocals) ...

    • Contributor: Lassiter, Ella Mcmullen - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Corse, Carita Doggett] - Lassiter, Ella Mcmullen (Mother)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Snake Song

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 17 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The song is used at the annual Hunting Dance. The Hunting Dance is a spiritual ritual held each autumn. In this instance, the song was performed with the purpose of being recorded, not as part of the ceremony itself. The sound quality of this recording ...

    • Contributor: Josh, John - Tiger, Naha - Johns, Barfield - Osceola, Robert - Bowlegs, Billy, 1808 - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Bowlegs, Billy
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Leadin' Me On

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 2 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is a jumped-up song sung by James Brown and Rufus Bland. Performance Note: "Leadin' Me On" (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 - [Brown, James]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Chish-hi-you-bung-gay

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 41 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is William D. Boehmer, teacher at the Brighton Indian Day School, at Brighton, Florida, introducing Lura May Jumper, 8-year-old Seminole girl, a pupil at the school. She will sing a traditional Seminole children's song called 'The Bat Song,' 'Chish-hi-you-bung-gay.'" The sound quality of this recording ...

    • Contributor: Jumper, Lura May - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Boehmer, William J.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Give Me a Ranch Down in Florida

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 40 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Performance Note: "Give Me a Ranch Down in Florida" (vocals with banjo, guitar, and violins) performed by Walter Van Bass, Ned Hugh Bass, Bob Hall, and J. C. King at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Bass, Walter Van - Bass, Ned Hugh - Hall, Bob - King, J. C. - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Cornwall, Robert] - [Hall, Bob] - [King, J. C.]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Tap Dance

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Crew of "The Boys," a 108-foot menhaden (or pogey) fishing boat of Mayport, Florida, commanded by Captain J. C. Willard. Crew of "The Boys," a 108-foot menhaden (or pogey) fishing boat of Mayport, Florida, commanded by Captain J. C. Willard. Shrimphouse workers A tap dance ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Performers - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cornwall, Robert - Cook, Robert - Unidentified Group of Workers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-06-27
  • 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
  • Horned Owl

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 9 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Performance Note: "Horned Owl" (vocals) performed by John Josh at Cow Creek settlement, Seminole Indian Reservation, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Josh, John - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • On the Old Kissimmee Prairie

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 10 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Performance Note: "On the Old Kissimmee Prairie" (vocals with banjo, guitar, and violins) performed by Bob Hall, Walter Van Bass, Ned Hugh Bass, and J. C. King at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Hall, Bob - Bass, Walter Van - Bass, Ned Hugh - King, J. C. - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Cornwall, Robert]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Fire in the Mountain

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A square dance tune, learned on the Calusa Hatchee River. Straws are foot-long fiddle sticks whittled out of fat pine. Albritton and O'Berry say that their ancestors have been Southern fiddlers for several generations. Both are of Scotch-Irish descent. Only one fiddle was used; ...

    • Contributor: Albritton, G. G. - O'Berry, Cleo Wynn - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Fiddle - O'Berry, Cleo Wynn (C. W.) - Straws - O'Berry, C. W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-26
  • John the Revelation

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is an old spiritual song sung by James Brown and Rufus Bland, 'John the Revelation.' Performance Note: "John the Revelation" (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