• My Pore Mother Keeps A-prayin' for Me

    Field Recordings. Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Performer referred to elsewhere as Wallace "Stavin Chains" Chains, Wallace "Jay Bird " Chain, or Wallace "Big Stavin Chain" Performer referred to elsewhere as Sylvester "Little Stavin' Chain" Jones or Sylvester "Texas Stavin Chain" Jones Venue: Ramsey State Farm, Camp #4 Performance Note: "My Pore Mother Keeps A-prayin' for ...

    • Contributor: Jones, Sylvester - Chains, Wallace - Lomax, John Avery - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Chains, Wallace "Stavin' Chains - Jones, Sylvester "Texas Stavin' Chain
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-04-23
  • Till I Die

    Field Recordings. Music. Religious Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Performer referred to elsewhere as Wade "Monkey" Bolden Performer referred to elsewhere as Wallace "Stavin Chains" Chains, Wallace "Jay Bird " Chain, or Wallace "Big Stavin Chain" Performer referred to elsewhere as Sylvester "Little Stavin' Chain" Jones or Sylvester "Texas Stavin Chain" Jones Venue: Ramsey State Farm, ...

    • Contributor: Bolden, Brant - Jones, Sylvester - Ramsey, George - Harrison, W. S., "Jay Bird - Chains, Wallace - Christopher, Columbus - Lomax, John Avery - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Chains, Wallace "Stavin' Chains - Harrison, W.S. "Jaybird - Jones, Sylvester "Texas Stavin' Chain - Bolden, Wade "Monkey
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-04-23
  • Sinner Will Be Runnin' in dat Great Day

    Field Recordings. Music. Religious Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Performer referred to elsewhere as Wade "Monkey" Bolden Performer referred to elsewhere as Wallace "Stavin Chains" Chains, Wallace "Jay Bird " Chain, or Wallace "Big Stavin Chain" Performer referred to elsewhere as Sylvester "Little Stavin' Chain" Jones or Sylvester "Texas Stavin Chain" Jones Venue: Ramsey State Farm, ...

    • Contributor: Christopher, Columbus - Chains, Wallace - Bolden, Brant - Harrison, W. S., "Jay Bird - Jones, Sylvester - Lomax, John Avery - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Chains, Wallace "Stavin' Chains - Harrison, W.S. "Jaybird - Jones, Sylvester "Texas Stavin' Chain - Bolden, Wade "Monkey
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-04-23
  • Worry Blues

    Field Recordings. Music. Field Hollers. Work Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Performer referred to elsewhere as Wallace "Stavin Chains" Chains, Wallace "Jay Bird " Chain, or Wallace "Big Stavin Chain" Performer referred to elsewhere as Sylvester "Little Stavin' Chain" Jones or Sylvester "Texas Stavin Chain" Jones Venue: Ramsey State Farm, Camp #4 Performance Note: "Worry Blues" ...

    • Contributor: Jones, Sylvester - Harrison, W. S., "Jay Bird - Chains, Wallace - Lomax, John Avery - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Harrison, W.S. "Jaybird - Jones, Sylvester "Texas Stavin' Chain - Chains, Wallace "Stavin' Chains
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-04-23
  • Smoky Mountain Blues

    Field Recordings. Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Performer referred to elsewhere as Wallace "Stavin Chains" Chains, Wallace "Jay Bird " Chain, or Wallace "Big Stavin Chain" Venue: Ramsey State Farm, Camp #4 Performance Note: "Smoky Mountain Blues" performed by Wallace Chains (vocals and guitar) at Ramsey State Farm, Camp #4, Otey, Texas, on April 23, 1939. ...

    • Contributor: Chains, Wallace - Lomax, John Avery - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Chains, Wallace "Stavin' Chains - Jones, Sylvester "Texas Stavin' Chain - Guitar
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-04-23
  • Ella Speed

    Field Recordings. Music. Ballads. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Performer referred to elsewhere as Wallace "Stavin Chains" Chains, Wallace "Jay Bird " Chain, or Wallace "Big Stavin Chain" Venue: Ramsey State Farm, Camp #4 Performance Note: "Ella Speed" performed by Wallace Chains (vocals and guitar) at Ramsey State Farm, Camp #4, Otey, Texas, on April 23, 1939. ...

    • Contributor: Chains, Wallace - Lomax, John Avery - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Chains, Wallace "Stavin' Chains - Jones, Sylvester "Texas Stavin' Chain - Guitar
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-04-23
  • Printable Timeline -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    1850 Songs of America Stephen Foster composes 'The Voice of Bygone Days', 'Molly, Do You Love Me?', and 'Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!' 'Go Down Moses,' a spiritual sung by the Tuskegee Institute Singers, 1914. Harriet Tubman reported using this song to identify herself to slaves that might want to escape and flee north with her by singing it in a neighboring ...

  • African American Song

    From rappers like André 3000 (1975–) and pop stars like Michael Jackson (1958–2009), to opera singers like Denyce Graves (1964–) and gospel artists like Yolanda Adams (1961–), African American vocal artists continue to shake up and shape the musical culture of the United States in profound ways.