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  • Ej Orác

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 53 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A plowing song from Detva County, Slovakia. The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled in Cleveland in 1912. Performance Note: "Ej Orác" (vocals) performed by Lillian Jakubcin at [St. Luke's Lutheran Church], Slavia, Florida, on August 31, 1939. Sound Recording ...

    • Contributor: Jakubcin, Lillian - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • 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
  • Tranquitro

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 59 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is a taunting song made up by the children of Ybor City, and was used to mock the rhythm of the peculiar walk of an Italian vendor of crabs who lived in Ybor City about 20 years ago (ca. 1919). The song ...

    • Contributor: Valdez, Amado - Valdez, Señora - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - [Valdez, Señora]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-27
  • Melon Game

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 38 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
  • A Slovak Easter Song

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 53 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The organ accompaniment, furnished by Rev. S. M. (Stephen M.) Tuhy, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Slavia, Florida, is played on a 55-year-old two-manual reed organ which is pumped by hand. The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Young People - Tuhy, Stephen M., Rev - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Group of Young People - Tuhy, Rev. Stephen M. (S. M.) - Organ - Tuhy, Rev. S. M.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • I'm in His Care

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 11 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is an old spiritual song sung by James Brown and Rufus Bland. Performance Note: "I'm in His Care" (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
  • 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
  • Greek Folksong, Usually Sung After a Wedding (Part 1 of 2)

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 49 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Haiclice Tsangaris and Xeni Sarris will sing a Greek folksong that they usually sing after a wedding." This song describes the bride as a queen. She wears the crown, and has something on her lips. She is like an icon, and all the people--old and ...

    • Contributor: Tsangaris, Haiclice - Sarris, Xeni - Morris, Alton Chester - Corse, Carita Doggett - Morris, Alton C. - [Corse, Carita Doggett]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-09-27
  • Sadla muska na konari

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 22 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled in Cleveland in 1912. Performance Note: "Sadla muska na konari" (vocals) performed by a group of young people at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Slavia, Florida, on August 31, 1939. Performers referred to ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Young People - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Group of Young People
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • 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
  • Shack Rouster Holler

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The holler as modified by African Americans, doing the "rousting" instead of the white foreman. The singer, a 30-year-old born in Georgia and reared in Florida, learned the holler when he worked as a waterboy (aged 15-16) in middle Florida. Performance Note: "Shack Rouster Holler" (chanted) ...

    • Contributor: Hazelhurst, Harold - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Turn Her Away

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 14 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Turn Her Away" (vocals with accordion, drums, and trombone) 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)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Kuklienka, kde si bola

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 45 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled in Cleveland in 1912. Performance Note: "Kuklienka, kde si bola" (vocals) performed by Emily Duda, and Lillian Jakubcin at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Slavia, Florida, on August 31, 1939. Performer referred to elsewhere ...

    • Contributor: Duda, Emily - Jakubcin, Lillian - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Duka, Emily
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • Kerosene Charlie Winching the Mule Up to the Feed Loft

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Recitations. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 29 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A humorous story told by Cull Stacey, a 56-year-old turpentine worker originally from Rockingham, North Carolina. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Kerosene Charlie Winching the Mule Up to the Feed Loft" (spoken) performed by Cull Stacey at Turpentine ...

    • Contributor: Stacey, Cull - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Hawk and Chickens

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 35 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A description of a children's game. The singer, age 43, grew up in Leesville, South Carolina. Performance Note: "Hawk and Chickens" (spoken) performed by Maggie Fulton at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 18, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Fulton, Maggie - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Jump Isabel, Slide Water Comment

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 22 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Mrs. Isabel Barnwell, age 85, was raised on Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Plantation in Nassau County, Florida. This song, to be sung while rowing a boat, originated on the plantation in Mrs. Barnwell's childhood. Performance Note: "Jump Isabel, Slide Water Comment" (spoken) performed at ...

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-14
  • Sygnomi sou zeto

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 48 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A semi-classic number, popular today; a love song asking for forgiveness. The singer, a contralto, is a member of the Byzantine Choir of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. Performance Note: "Sygnomi sou zeto" (vocals with piano) performed ...

    • Contributor: Stamatopoulou, Kaliope - Anastassiou, Evee G. - Filareton, John - [Anastassiou, Evee G. - Piano] - Stamatopoulo, Calliope
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • The More You Scratch

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 48 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "The More You Scratch" (vocals with piano, trombone, and guitar) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle, piano, at Key West, Florida, on January 20, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Rolle, Theodore "Tea Roll" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll) - Piano
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-20
  • Witches

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Jack believes in witches. He says you can't see a witch until it's caught. Eight-penny nails in a paper sack under one's pillow can ward off witches. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Witches" (spoken) performed by Jack at ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 55 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch song learned in the Bahamas. This song is about a man who lived all his life in the Bahamas without telling his name. Even when he grew up and married and had children, no one knew what his name was. Every day when the ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • If Something Sees Something

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 38 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch riddle. The performer, an 84-year-old blind man, was born in the Bahamas and emigrated to Florida ca. 1911. 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 ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-15
  • Lístecku dubový

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 11 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | 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. It has been included online because the melody line ...

    • Contributor: Prácher, Elizabeth - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Sally Went to Mobile

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 58 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Fred Lee Fox, a 20-year-old turpentine worker born in Georgia, learned this song in the Dixie County Prison Camp. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Sally Went to Mobile" (vocals) performed by Fred Lee Fox at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, ...

    • Contributor: Fox, Fred Lee - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • My Slovak Tongue

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 22 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A folksong sung by a group of young girls led by Rev. S. M. (Stephen M.) Tuhy, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Slavia, Florida. The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled in Cleveland in 1912. Performance Note: "My ...

    • Contributor: Tuhy, Stephen M., Rev - Unidentified Girls - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Tuhy, Rev. Stephen M. (S. M.) - Leader - Group of Young Girls - Tuhy, Rev. S. M.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • Greek Folksong, Usually Sung After a Wedding (Part 2 of 2)

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 29 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Haiclice Tsangaris and Xeni Sarris will continue singing a Greek folksong that they usually sing after a wedding." This part of the song discusses ". . . the tree that we brought you, Bride, in your yard, water it every day so that it will ...

    • Contributor: Tsangaris, Haiclice - Sarris, Xeni - Morris, Alton Chester - Corse, Carita Doggett - Morris, Alton C. - [Corse, Carita Doggett]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-09-27