Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • John Henry

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 33 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, born in Georgia and reared in Florida, learned the song from workers driving spikes when a waterboy, aged 15-16, on a logging camp railroad in middle Florida. The song always had the same tune but the verses would vary. Performance Note: "John Henry" ...

    • Contributor: Hazelhurst, Harold - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • 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
  • I ain't had no lovin in a long time

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | "Baritone Solo, Orchestra Accompaniment" (Content). Mx: 3943 [unknown take] Recorded in late 1908 or early 1909. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Columbia - [Cole, Robert] - Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond) - [Roberts, Bob]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Go way back and sit down

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | Mx: 3521 -3 Recorded Oct. 21, 1901. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Victor - Quinn, Dan W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • 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
  • My Creole Sue

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 80 rpm, vertical cut, mono. ; 10 in. | "Tenor and Mixed Voices" (Content). Mx: 11512-C-1-3 Recorded on Feb. 10, 1927 Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Edison - Davis, Gussie L. - Scanlon, Walter and Chorus
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Exhortation

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | "Vocal Quintette" (Content). Mx: 46302 -1 Recorded December 24, 1915. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Columbia - Cook, [Will Marion] - Rogers, [Alex] - The Right Quintette
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • I'm just barely livin' dat's all

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 7 in. | Mx: A 893 [unknown take] Recorded on Jan. 11, 1904. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Victor - Roberts, Bob
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Jesus comin' back again; Talk on

    • Contributor: Frazier, Lonnie - Lomax, Alan
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-11-01
  • Love will find a way

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | "Introducing: In Honey Suckle Time" (Content). Mx: 020655 A -3 Recorded c. August 29, 1921. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Pathe - Sissle, [Noble] - Blake, [Eubie] - The Seven Black Dots
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Bulwarks Turn Upside Down

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 9 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Bulwarks Turn Upside Down" (vocals with piano) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle, piano, 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) - Piano
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Serenade blues

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | "Fox Trot" (Content). Mx: 80386 -2 Recorded on June 12, 1922. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Columbia - Sissle, [Noble] - Blake, [Eubie] - Westphal, Frank and His Rainbo Orchestra
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Bellamena

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 42 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Bahamian Bahamian fish peddler Greek American man A Bahamian folksong, commemorating the role of Caribbean vessels in "rum-running," or transporting alcohol, to the United States during Prohibition (1919-1933). The 18th amendment to the Constitution, known as the Volstead Act, or Prohibition Act, had outlawed the manufacture ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Performer - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Unidentified Bahamian - Unidentified Bahaman
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Ballin' the Jack

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 12 in. | "Fox Trot" "Played under the supervision of G. Hepburn Wilson" (Content). Mx: 37014 -2 Recorded on July 31, 1914. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Columbia - Smith, Chris - Prince's Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Sally in our alley

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 7 in. | "Tenor Solo" (Content). Mx: 175 -2 Recorded in 1901 Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Columbia - Gaskin, George J.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Mr. Bethel Dog Bit Me

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 2 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A folksong from Nassau, Bahamas. The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Mr. Bethel Dog Bit Me" (vocals with piano) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle, piano, 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) - Piano
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • John the Revelator

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Heavenly Gate Quartet
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • Oh didn't he ramble

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | "Monarch" label. (Content). take 2 Recorded on March 14, 1902. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Victor - [Cole, Robert] - Quinn, Dan W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • The Girl Who Didn't Mind Her Mother

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 43 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A moral tale told by Eartha White's mother, Clara White, who was raised in slavery on Amelia Island, Fernandina, Florida. The Clara White Mission, founded by Eartha White, was named for her mother. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "The ...

    • Contributor: White, Eartha - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - White, Ertha
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940
  • Blues

    • Contributor: Frazier, Calvin - Pittman, Sampson - Lomax, Alan
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-11-01
  • Poor Stranger Blues

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 45 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A jook joint song. In an earlier interview, the singers answered questions about jook joints, and defined them as "bar rooms," formerly known as "festival halls," "a name colored people give dance halls," etc. They think the term jook joint originated in sawmill camps. Jook ...

    • Contributor: Dixie Harmony Four - Smith, Ire - Arnold, L. G. - Choice, Doc - Tatum S. T. - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Tatum, S. T.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Oh didn't he ramble

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | "Baritone and Tenor Duet" (Content). Mx: 1492 -1 -9 Recorded in mid-1903. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Columbia - [Cole, Robert] - [Collins, Arthur and Harlan, Byron G.]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Shack Rouster Holler

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 35 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A holler sung by the shack rouster (foreman) every morning, at about 4 am. 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
  • 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
  • Cotton farmer blues

    • Contributor: Pittman, Sampson - Lomax, Alan
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-11-01