Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Sta-Xena-Traho

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 32 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Jennie Castrounis will sing 'Sta-Xena-Traho,' a Greek national hymn about the Mother Country." Greeks, along with Italians and Minorcans, first came to Florida in 1768, led by Dr. Andrew Turnbull. Turnbull settled New Smyrna Beach, Florida. When the colony came to an end in 1777, ...

    • Contributor: Castrounis, Jennie - Morris, Alton Chester - Corse, Carita Doggett - Morris, Alton C. - [Corse, Carita Doggett]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-10-04
  • 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
  • Ricketts' Hornpipe

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - Jabbour, Karen Singer - Reed, Henry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1966-06-18
  • 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
  • Jump Jim Crow

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - Rice, Tom - Reed, Henry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1966-08-27
  • Horse Song

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl - Host Drum
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1983-08-13
  • Introduction to Masaryktown Recordings

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 19 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The songs on this record have been recorded from Slavic singers in the Slavic community of Masaryktown, Florida, on August 28, 1939, by Alton C. Morris of University of Florida." Masaryktown, named for Thomas G. Masaryk, the first president (1918-1935) of the Czechoslovak Republic, is ...

    • Contributor: Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Wax Cylinder Hethu'shka Song - 1983 Pow-Wow

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1983-08-13
  • Hop Light Ladies

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - Reed, Henry - Reed, Gene
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1967-05-06
  • 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
  • Ked komára zenili

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 39 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Slavic folksong performed by a chorus of young people, 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: ...

    • Contributor: Tuhy, Stephen M., Rev - Unidentified Young People - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Tuhy, Rev. Stephen M. (S. M.) - Group of Young People - Tuhy, Rev. S. M.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • 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
  • Buffalo Song

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 8 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The Buffalo 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: Osceola, Richard - Osceola, Robert - Tiger, Naha - Josh, John - Johns, Barfield - Bowlegs, Billy, 1808 - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Boehmer, William J. - Bowlegs, Billy
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-25
  • Betty Likens

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - Reed, Henry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1967-10-28
  • Interview with Mrs. Isabel Barnwell

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (5 minutes, 23 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 poor. Performance Note: "Interview with Mrs. Isabel Barnwell" (spoken) performed by Isabel Barnwell at Home of Mrs. Isabel Barnwell, ...

    • Contributor: Barnwell, Isabel - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-14
  • Syrtos Politicos

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 29 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Similar to the "Kalamatianos" except for some change in tune and movement, this dance originated in Thrace, near Constantinopolis, Turkey. It carries a pronounced Oriental rhythm, but is favored in all parts of Greece, and has been written by modern composers, but not ...

    • Contributor: Kaletizis, George - Peronis, Louis - Perris, Charylaos "Harry" - Filareton, John - Lavouto - Violin - Perris, Charylaos (Harry) - Santouri (Cymbal) - Kapsalos, Louis - Perris, Harris - Parris, Harry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • Emcee Announces that Traditional Dancers will be Next and Calls Women Judges to the Speakers' Stand

    • Contributor: Wolfe, Clifford, Sr. - Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1983-08-14
  • Let the Deal Go Down

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 28 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A gambling song to accompany the game "Georgia Skin," learned at a turpentine camp in Florida. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project in Florida. This recording begins ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Song for All of the Dancers ("I don't have any friends.")

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1983-08-13
  • Cabin Creek

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - Reed, Henry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1966-08-27
  • Folding Down the Sheets

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - Jabbour, Karen Singer - Reed, Henry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1967-07-17
  • [Sandy River Belle]

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan - Reed, Henry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1966-11-26
  • Tobacco Is a Noxious Weed

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 31 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch axiom. 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
  • 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
  • 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