Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Got a Letter from My Baby This Morning

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 59 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A work song performed by David Wood, a 27-year-old Florida-born turpentine worker. He learned this song in the Nassau County Prison Farm, where he was jailed for fist-fighting. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online ...

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

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 15 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | James Byrd, a 30-year-old turpentine worker, describes a "Joe Mow," a good luck item usually including a lodestone which, kept in one's pocket, is said to be helpful in winning at gambling games. It is also known as "Mojo. Performance Note: "Joe Mows" ...

    • Contributor: Byrd, James - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Byrd, Bill - Byrd, Joe
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Southern Rag [test]

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - James, Willis - Jones, Lewis Wade
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-03-05
  • Right Back in Jail Again

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 50 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, a 21-year-old Tennessee-born turpentine worker at Putnam Lumber Company, composed this song when imprisoned at the Dixie County Prison Camp. Performance Note: "Right Back in Jail Again" (vocals) performed by James Griffin at Office of the Aycock & Lindsey Turpentine ...

    • Contributor: Griffin, James - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • My Creole Sue

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 7 in. | Mx: 750-A Issued in early 1902 Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Columbia - [Davis, Gussie L.] - Climax Quartette
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • 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
  • Araby : Medley one step

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 12 in. | When I leave the world behind--Don't blame me for what happens in the moonlight--In blinky, winky, chinky Chinatown--Araby--Down home in Tennessee. (Content). Mx: 35496-A -4 Issued in late 1915. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Victor - [Johns, Al] - Conway's Band, Patrick Conway, Director
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • All coons look alike to me

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 7 in. | Recorded on Nov. 16, 1896. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Berliner Grammophone - Hogan, [Ernest] - Gaskin, George J.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1896
  • 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
  • Brother Low-down and Sister Doo-dad

    • Contributor: Pittman, Sampson
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-11-01
  • 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
  • Congo love song

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 9 in. | "from Nancy Brown" "Baritone Solo" (Content). Mx: 239 Recorded c. 1905 Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Zonophone - [Cole, Robert] - Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond) - Collins, Arthur
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Mississippi stoker

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | "Orchestra Accompaniment" (Content). Mx: 3557-3-21 Recorded c. November 1906 Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Columbia - Williams, Bert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Junk man rag

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | "One Step or Two Step" (Content). Mx: 17489-B -2 Issued in late 1913 Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Victor - Roberts, [Luckyeth] - Victor Military Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • All in, down and out

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | Mx: 5027 Issued in early 1908 Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Victor - Smith - Johnson - Collins, Arthur with Orchestra
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Abaco

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 49 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Bahamian folksong. Abaco refers to Abaco Island, Bahamas. The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Abaco" (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) - [Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll)] - Butler, Robert - Unidentified Bahaman
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Coon Gi'nt (Coon jive)

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Stripling, Sidney
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • Children's Sermon

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 53 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A sermon preached by children playing church. Rather than preach from the Bible, the children would use "The House that Jack built." The singer, aged 39, grew up in South Jacksonville, Florida. She is a blind student of WPA instructor Rev. H. W. Stuckey. Performance ...

    • Contributor: Jackson, Irene - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Gotta Make a Hundred

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 31 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 The singer, age ...

    • Contributor: Whittaker, Annie - Unidentified Performers - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Unidentified Group
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940
  • Worked All Summer Long

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, a 21-year-old Tennessee-born turpentine worker at Putnam Lumber Company, learned this song while at the Dixie County Prison Camp. He served three months for not paying the lumber company $50 for three months' rent, which he said he accumulated while ...

    • Contributor: Griffin, James - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Bill Burroughs

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 55 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Bill Burroughs" (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
  • Junk man rag

    sound recording | 1 sound disc: analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 10 in. | Mx: 39007 -4 Recorded on Sep. 6, 1913. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Columbia - Roberts, [C. Luckyeth] - Van Eps, Fred
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
  • Bottle Up and Go

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Ezell, Buster
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • Obey the Ration Laws

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • Newman

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Sacred Harp Singers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-09-01