Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • 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
  • Proi-proi

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (5 minutes, 11 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong. The singer learned this song at her island in Hellena. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. Performance Note: "Proi-proi" (vocals) performed by Mrs. Nick Alvanos at Tarpon Springs, Florida, on August 28, 1939. Performer referred to elsewhere as ...

    • Contributor: Alvanos, Nick, Mrs - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Alvanos, Mrs. Nick - Mandalou, Miss - Translator - Alvanon, Mrs. Nick
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Marse Tommy's Son

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 14 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Mrs. Isabel Barnwell, age 85, was raised on Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Plantation in Nassau County, Florida. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance Note: "Marse Tommy's Son" (vocals) ...

    • Contributor: Barnwell, Isabel - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-14
  • Wish I Was a Single Man Again

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 21 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A set-calling song for dances. The singer, a 43-year-old blind preacher of the Missionary Baptist Church and WPA instructor for the blind, grew up on a farm in Lee County, South Carolina. Performance Note: "Wish I Was a Single Man Again" ...

    • Contributor: Stuckey, Harden W. - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson] - Stuckey, Rev. Harden W. (H. W.) - Stucky, Rev. Harden W. - Stuckey, Rev. H. W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Amaxas

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 52 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong about a man who runs a horse and buggy. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. Performance Note: "Amaxas" (vocals with fiddle, santouri (cymbal), and mandola) performed by Charles M. Brown, Louis Peronis, violin, Charylaos (Harry) Perris, George Kafezio, ...

    • Contributor: Brown, Charles M. - Peronis, Louis - Perris, Charylaos "Harry" - Kafezio, George - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Violin - Perris, Charylaos (Harry) - Santouri (Cymbal) - Mandola - Brown, Chas. M. - Perris, Harris - Parris, Harry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Opinion of recording program of folksongs in Florida

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 7 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A statement by Mrs. Rolla Southworth, state director of Professional & Service Projects Division, Federal Works Agency, WPA; introduced by Dr. Carita Doggett Corse, state director, Florida Federal Writers' Project, WPA: "Dr. Corse, it would really seem that we have finally grown up as ...

    • Contributor: Southworth, Rolla - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - Corse, Carita Doggett - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Rhymed Riddle

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 42 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A riddle, told to several children by Evelia Andux, age 11. 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 unionization of ...

    • Contributor: Andux, Evelia - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Kennedy, Edith
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Drive the Nail A'right, Boys

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 44 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch folksong. The singer is the daughter of Wilbur and Mary Jane Roberts. The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama Islands who later emigrated to South Florida. ...

    • Contributor: Nelson, Naomi - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-15
  • A Sweet Little Woodmouse

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 16 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch song learned in the Bahamas. The singer is the wife of Wilbur Roberts. The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama Islands who later emigrated to ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Mary Jane - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - [Roberts, Mary Jane] - Roberts, Wilbur
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • Children's Sermon

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 48 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A chant used by children when playing church. The singer, aged 39, grew up in South Jacksonville, Florida. She is a blind student of WPA instructor Rev. H. W. Stuckey. Performance Note: "Children's Sermon" (chanted) performed by Irene Jackson at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, ...

    • Contributor: Jackson, Irene - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • You Shall Be Free

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 35 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance Note: "You Shall Be Free" (vocals with piano and trumpet) performed by Shorty (Sweet Papa) Harris at Key West, Florida, on January ...

    • Contributor: Harris, Shorty "Sweet Papa" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Harris, Shorty (Sweet Papa)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • El sacrificio

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 49 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The complete version of the song composed by a Mexican in Miami, Florida, and now popular also in Key West. Performance Note: "El sacrificio" (vocals with claves, bongo, bass viol, and two guitars) performed by Sesteto Encanto at Key West, Florida, on January 18, 1940. ...

    • Contributor: Sesteto Encanto - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-18
  • Maloney Is Dead

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 44 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch song. The singer is the wife of Wilbur Roberts. The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama Islands who later emigrated to South Florida. The unique ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Mary Jane - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - [Roberts, Mary Jane] - Roberts, Wilbur
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • Introduction to Tarpon Springs recordings

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This record [is] being made in Tarpon Springs, Florida, on August 28, 1939. Alton C. Morris, editor of the "Southern Folklore Quarterly", is intermediary and interviewer. This Florida Folklore Recording Expedition is jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Federal Music Project, and the ...

    • Contributor: Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Mule on the Mount

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The most widely-distributed work song in the United States, with a consistent tune but varying verses. Zora Neale Hurston originally learned "Mule on the Mount" from George Thomas in Eatonville, Florida. Sung here in track-lining rhythm, it is also sung in other work sites, such ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 37 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A farm song, made up between the boys plowing on two or more plantations," sung to signal noon-time. The singer, a 43-year-old blind preacher of the Missionary Baptist Church and WPA instructor for the blind, grew up on a farm in Lee County, South Carolina. ...

    • Contributor: Stuckey, Harden W. - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson] - Stuckey, Rev. Harden W. (H. W.) - Stucky, Rev. Harden W. - Stuckey, Rev. H. W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • I'm Going to Georgia Introduction

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, born in Southton County, North Carolina, first heard this song sung in Seville, Georgia in 1889. Performance Note: "I'm Going to Georgia Introduction" (spoken) performed by Phillip H. (P. H.) Thomas at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 1, 1939. ...

    • Contributor: Thomas, Phillip H. - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Stacey, Cull - Cook, Robert - Thomas, Phillip H. (P. H.) - Thomas, P. H.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Antonio the Woodcutter (Part 2 of 2)

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 46 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 avoid ...

    • Contributor: Noriega, Martin - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Hymnos pro tin Elphtherian (Greek National Anthem)

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 41 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. Performance Note: "Hymnos pro tin Elphtherian (Greek National Anthem)" (vocals) performed by Kaliope Stamatopoulou, Helen Gianèskis, and Mary Gianèskis at Tarpon Springs, Florida, on August 28, 1939. Performer referred to elsewhere as Helen Granèskis Performer ...

    • Contributor: Stamatopoulou, Kaliope - Gianèskis, Helen - Manticos, Mary G. - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - [Stamatopoulou, Kaliope] - Gianèskis, Mary - Stamatopoulo, Calliope - Granèskis, Helen - Granèskis, Mary
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • The Devil and Ribbons

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 12 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Cuban game, played by the Andux children. They explain the game in English, and then play it in Spanish. 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 ...

    • Contributor: Andux, Ziomara - Andux, Evelia - Andux, Orbito - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-25
  • Flowers, Kind Friends

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 50 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | An incomplete version of a Bahamian folksong. Performance Note: "Flowers, Kind Friends" (vocals) performed by Robert Butler at Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Bulter, Robert - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Butler, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll) - Unidentified Bahaman
    • 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
  • Jeremiah Jumped in the Fire

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 33 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is the wife of Wilbur Roberts. The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama Islands who later emigrated to South Florida. The unique accent of the Conchs--a ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Mary Jane - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - [Roberts, Mary Jane] - Roberts, Wilbur
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16