Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Oh the Sun Done Quit Shinin'

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Thomas, Lonnie
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-04
  • Prayer

    • Contributor: Unidentified Performer - Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-03
  • You Must Be Born Again

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Howard, Willie - Perkins, Paul - Richardson, James - Reid, Allen - Johnson, Dawson - Brown, John - Thomas, Lonnie
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-04
  • 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
  • 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 Left My Woman in the Back Door Cryin'

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Richardson, James
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-04
  • Nina

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 23 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Sung in Spanish and described in English: "This is probably the oldest type of Cuban song that has ever--that has been known to be the oldest. There is no way of tracing it to its author or originality; it has just been picked from one ...

    • Contributor: Delfino, Gilberto - Bermudez, Ramon - Pages, Art - Halpert, Herbert - Piano
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-21
  • Wake Up, Jacob

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A holler sung by the shack-rouster, or man hired to wake up the workers in a big work camp. This one was heard at a sawmill in Polk County. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Palia Geitonia

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (6 minutes, 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong commemorating the liberation of Greece from Turkish rule in 1832. The singer is director of the Byzantine Choir of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, George - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Anastassio, George - Anastassiou, Professor George
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Witches and Ghosts

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 53 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Jack has seen ghosts in West Florida, but not near Cross City. He says ghosts can't hurt you but can make you hurt yourself. Performance Note: "Witches and Ghosts" (spoken) performed by Jack at Office of the Aycock & Lindsey Turpentine Camp, Cross ...

    • Contributor: Jack - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Johnson, Berry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Joe Mows

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 18 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | James Byrd, 30-year-old turpentine worker, discusses "Joe Mows," good luck items (also known as "Mojos") usually including a lodestone which, kept in one's pocket, are said to be helpful in winning at gambling games. He says that good Joe Mows must be ordered ...

    • Contributor: Byrd, James - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Byrd, Bill - Byrd, Joe
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Trenaban los riseñores

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 1 second) : analog ; 12 in. | An old Cuban song sung by Martin Noriega, age 51, of Cuban parentage. 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: Noriega, Martin - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Ja som dobrý remeselnik Introduction

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 30 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | . . . on August 31, 1939. They are made for the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Federal Writers' Project and the Federal Music Project of Florida. Alton C. Morris, University of Florida, is the collector. The next song the group is going ...

    • Contributor: Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • Watermelon Vendor's Street Call

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 8 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Imitation of a watermelon vendor's street cry, heard in Savannah, Georgia when a child. Performance Note: "Watermelon Vendor's Street Call" (vocals) performed by Ellabell Singleton at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 18, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Singleton, Ellabell - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Antonio the Woodcutter (Part 1 of 2)

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (5 minutes, 52 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A traditional Spanish story, told by Martin Noriega, age 51, of Cuban parentage. 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 ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 23 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. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • The Story of Juan José (Explanation)

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 3 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A discussion of the origins of "The Story of Juan José." 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: Noriega, Martin - Andux, Esther - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Andux, Evelia - Rollato, Esther - Pollato, Esther
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-25
  • I'm Going to Georgia

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (6 minutes, 32 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A turpentine worker's song. Cull Stacey, a 56-year-old turpentine worker born in Rockingham, North Carolina, describes the song and the turpentine industry but does not sing. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "I'm Going to Georgia" (spoken) performed by ...

    • Contributor: Stacey, Cull - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • I'm Going to Georgia

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 58 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A turpentine worker's song. The singer, born in Southton County, North Carolina, first heard this song sung in Seville, Georgia in 1889. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance ...

    • Contributor: Thomas, Phillip H. - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Thomas, Phillip H. (P. H.) - Thomas, P. H.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Mosquito and the Sand Fly

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 42 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Mosquito and the Sand Fly" (vocals with accordion) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle at Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Rolle, Theodore "Tea Roll" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - [Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll)] - Butler, Robert - Unidentified Bahaman
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Lost Train Blues

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Carver, Glenn - Perry, Fred
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-04
  • Work Don't Bother Me

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Keel, Colon
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-03
  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 31 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A folktale explaining why you see squint-eyed people today, learned from a Puerto Rican man in Florida. The performer, an 84-year-old blind man, was born in the Bahamas and emigrated to Florida ca. 1911. Performance Note: "Jack and the Beanstalk" (spoken) performed by Wilbur ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-15
  • L&N Mobile

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 40 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A railroad work song, sung while lining track. The singer, "Uncle" Bradley Eberhard, a work-crippled, 66-year-old African American, 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. ...

    • Contributor: Eberhard, Bradley, Uncle - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Eberhard, Bradley (Uncle)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-26
  • 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