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Lomax Recordings: Iconic Song List

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Josephine and Aurora Gonzalez, Pearl Manchaco, Lia Trujillo, and Adela Flores
Josephine and Aurora Gonzalez, Pearl Manchaco, Lia Trujillo, and Adela Flores.
(LOT 7414-F, no. N4 [P&P])
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Alan Lomax and other members of the Lomax family are associated with an enormous number of "classic" folk songs and traditional tunes. This list contains some of most widely-known and frequently performed "iconic" pieces that the Lomaxes documented through their field recordings, or increased public awareness of through commercial recordings, publications, radio programs, and concerts.

The list is intended to give a sense of the scope of the Lomaxes' work and the variety of artists they recorded. Not all selections link to sounds files, but follow this site as we expand the number of online recordings and provide more information on individual pieces in the months to come. And, if we have missed your favorite Lomax song, please let us know: [email protected].

Iconic Songs

"Alabama Bound"
Performed by Jelly Roll Morton. Recorded in Washington, DC, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1938/001: AFS 01638 A; AFS 01638 B

"All the Pretty Little Horses" [audio]
Performed by Jean Ritchie. Recorded in New York, New York, 1949.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T1016.0, Track 17

"Amazing Grace" [audio]
Performed by the Sacred Harp Singing Society. Recorded in Birmingham, Alabama, 1942.
Call number: AFC 1943/004: AFS 06702 A4

"Another Man Done Gone" [audio]
Performed by Vera Ward Hall. Recorded in New York, New York, 1948.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T817R05

"Arthur McBride & the Sergeant"
Performed by Carrie Grover. Recorded in Washington DC, 1941.
Call number: AFC 1941/023: AFS 04452-04468

"As I Roved Out" [audio]
Performed by Seamus Ennis. Recorded in Dublin, Ireland, 1951.
Call number: AFC 2004:004: T3326R01 Track 6

"Batson" [audio]
Performed by Wallace "Stavin" Chain. Recorded in Lafayette, Louisiana, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00095 A; AFS 00095 B

"Belle" [audio]
Performed by Mr. Bornu. Recorded in Kaplan, Louisiana, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00011 B03

"Black Betty" [audio]
Performed by Moses "Clear Rock" Platt. Recorded in Taylor, Texas, 1939.
Call number: AFC 1939/001: AFS 02643b02

"Blind Lemon Blues"
Performed by Lead Belly. Recorded in Angola, Louisiana, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00123 A

"Bogie's Bonny Belle" [audio]
Performed by Davie Stewart. Recorded in London, UK, 1957.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T3455R02

"Bonaparte’s Retreat" [Aaron Copeland's "Hoe Down"] [audio]
Performed by William Stepp. Recorded in Salyersville, Kentucky, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/001: AFS 01568 A02

"Bonny Boy" ("The Trees They Do Grow High") [audio]
Performed by A.L. "Bert" Lloyd. Recorded in London, UK, 1951.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T3280R06

"Boogie-Woogie Medley" [audio]
Performed by Albert Ammon. Recorded in New York, New York, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1939/008: AFS 02497 A

"Bright Morning Stars Are Rising"
Performed by G. D. Vowell. Recorded in Harlan, Kentucky, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/001: AFS 01379 A01

"Catfish Blues" [audio]
Performed by David "Honeyboy" Edwards. Recorded in Washington, DC, 1978.
Call number: AFC 1978/030: AFS 20103

"Cindy"
Performed by Bert Martin. Recorded in Horse Creek, Kentucky, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/001: AFS 01497 A02

"Come All Ye Tramps and Hawkers" [audio]
Performed by Jimmy MacBeath. Recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1951.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T3428R08

"Country Blues" [audio]
Performed by Dock Boggs. Recorded in Newport, Rhode Island, 1966.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: N8R06

"Cumberland's Crew" [audio]
Performed by Pearl Nye. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/002: AFS 01605 B

"Devil’s Nine Questions" [audio]
Performed by Texas Gladden. Recorded in Salem, Virginia, 1941.
Call number: AFC 1941/028: AFS 05231 A01

"Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby" [audio]
Performed by Sidney Hemphill Carter. Recorded in Senatobia, Mississippi, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T862R13

"Do Re Mi"
Performed by Woody Guthrie. Recorded in Washington, DC, 1940.
Call number: AFC 1940/007: AFS 03411 B03

"Dust My Broom" [audio]
Performed by Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett). Recorded in Newport, Rhode Island, 1966.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: N6R09

"Erin's Green Shore" [audio]
Performed by Pearl Nye. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/002: AFS 1610 A1

"Finnish Waltz"
Performed by Apo Juhani. Recorded in Calumet, Michigan, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1939/007: AFS 02382 A03

"Foggy Dew, The" [audio]
Performed by Harry Cox. Recorded in London, UK, 1951.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T3341R07

"Four-Loom Weaver" [audio]
Performed by Ewan McColl. Recorded in London, UK, 1951.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T3365R04

"Frankie & Albert" ("Frankie & Johnny")
Performed by Will Starks. Recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1942.
Call number: AFC 1941/002: AFS 06633 A02

"Gaol ise gaol I" ("She Is My Love, My Love Is She") [audio]
Performed by the Waulkers chorus. Recorded in Benbecula, Scotland, 1951.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T3387R01

"Girl I Left Behind Me" [audio]
Performed by Spencer Moore. Recorded in Chilhowie, Virginia, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T857.0, Track 7

"God Moves on the Water" ("The Titanic") [video]
Performed by Lightnin' Washington & group. Recorded in Sandy Point, Texas, 1933.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00188 B02

"Goin' Down That Road Feeling Bad"
Performed by Woody Guthrie. Recorded in Washington, DC, 1940.
Call number: AFC 1940/007: AFS 03418 A1

"Goodbye, Old Paint"
Performed by Jess Morris. Recorded in Dallas, Texas, 1942.
Call number: AFC 1942/006: AFS 05649 A

"Government Fleet Blues"
Performed by Son House & group. Recorded in Mississippi, 1941.
Call number: AFC 1941/002: AFS 04780 B01

"Greenback Dollar"
Performed by Woody Guthrie. Recorded in Washington DC, 1940.
Call number: AFC 1940/007: AFS 03409 B01

"Gypsy Davy" [audio]
Performed by Woody Guthrie. Recorded in Washington DC, 1941.
Call number: AFC 1941/031: AFS 04491 B03

"Hesitation Blues"
Performed by Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter). Recorded in Wilton, Connecticut, 1935.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00141 A01

"Highlander's Farewell to Sicily" [audio]
Performed by Hamish Henderson. Recorded in London, UK, 1951.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T3265R13

"Hijo, hijo, mira esta muher" [audio]
Performed by Josephine Gonzales & other children. Recorded in San Antonio, Texas, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00010 A1

"I Be's Troubled"
Performed by Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) . Recorded in, Stovall, Mississippi, 1941.
Call number: AFC 1941/002: AFS 04769 A02

"I Been Drinkin' Water Out of a Hollow Log" [audio]
Performed by Fred McDowell. Recorded in Como, Mississippi, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T900.0, Track 10

"I Hate a Man Like You"
Performed by Jelly Roll Morton. Recorded in Washington DC, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1938/001: AFS 01686-A

"Irene" ("Goodnight, Irene")
Performed by Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) . Recorded in Angola, Louisiana, 1933.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00120 B01

"Je M'endors" ("Qu'avez vous") [audio]
Performed by Jesse & Samuel Stafford. Recorded in Crowley, Louisiana, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00017 A02

"Jesus on the Mainline" [audio]
Performed by James Shorty, Viola James & Independence Church. Recorded in Tyro, Mississippi, 1959
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T897R06

"John Henry" [audio]
Performed by Gabriel Brown. Recorded in Eatonville, Florida, 1935.
Call number: AFC 1935/001: AFS 00355 A; AFS 00355 B

"Kokomo" [audio]
Performed by The Memphis Jug Band. Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T908R04

"Life Is Like That" ("You've Got to Cry a Little") [audio]
Performed by Memphis Slim (John Lee) . Recorded in New York, New York, 1947.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: TD90R05

"Little Birdie"
Performed by Pete Steele. Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1938/004: AFS 01694 A01

"Long John"
Performed by Lightnin' Washington. Recorded in Sandy Point, Texas, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00193 A

"Low Down Dirty Dog Blues"
Performed by Son House. Robinsonville, Mississippi, 1942.
Call number: AFC 1941/002: AFS 06607 A01

"Lumberjack's Alphabet" [audio]
Performed by Gus Schaffer. Recorded in Greenland, Michigan, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1939/007: AFS 02413 A03

"Make Me a Pallet on the Floor"
Performed by Jelly Roll Morton. Recorded in Washington, DC, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1938/001: AFS 01667 A

"Man Smart, Woman Smarter" [audio]
Performed by Macbeth the Great (Patrick McDonald) New York, New York, 1946.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: TD227R26

"Mes amis, je suis gris" [audio]
Performed by Davous Berard. Recorded in New Iberia, Louisiana, 1935.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00036 A01

"Michigan I-O" [audio]
Performed by Lester Wells . Recorded in Traverse City, Michigan, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1939/007: AFS 02303B

"Midnight Special"
Performed by Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) . Recorded in Angola, Louisiana, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00124 A01

"Mississippi Blues" [audio]
Performed by William Brown. Recorded in Sadie Beck's Plantation, Arkansas, 1942.
Call number: AFC 1941/002: AFS 06606

"Mobile Bay"
Performed by John Epps & Group. Recorded in Tampa, Florida, 1943.
Call number: AFC 1944/013: AFS 07092 A03

"Motherless Children"
Performed by Felix Dukes & Fred McDowell. Recorded in Como, Mississippi, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T898R02

"My Son David" ("Edward") [audio]
Performed by Jeannie Robertson. Recorded in London, UK, 1953.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T3461R04

"Old Blue"
Performed by Sid Hemphill & Band. Recorded in Dundee, Mississippi, 1942.
Call number: AFC 1941/002: AFS 06672 B05

"Pauline"
Performed by Allen Prothero's Quartet. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, 1933.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00177 A01

"Pikku lintu eramaassa" (Finnish)
Performed by Selma Ilona Hallinen. Recorded in Allouez, Michigan, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1939/007: AFS 02398 A01

"Poor Lazarus" [audio]
Performed by James Carter. Recorded in Parchman Farm, Mississippi, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T886R06

"Poor Wayfaring Stranger" [audio]
Performed by Jean Ritchie. Recorded in New York, New York, 1949.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T1014R30

"Pretty Polly" [audio]
Performed by Peter Steele. Recorded in Hamilton, Ohio, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1938/004: AFS 1702A

"Ramblin' Kid Blues"
Performed by Muddy Waters. Recorded in Stovall, Mississippi, 1942.
Call number: AFC 1941/002: AFS 06628 A06

"Rising Sun Blues" ("House of the Rising Sun")
Performed by Georgia Turner. Recorded in Middlesboro, Kentucky, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/001: AFS 01404 A01

"Rock Island Line"
Performed by Kelly Pace & group. Recorded in Gould, Arkansas, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00248 A01

"Rocks of Bawn" [audio]
Performed by Joe Heaney & Liam Clancy . Recorded in Newport, Rhode Island1966
Call number: AFC 2004/004: N25R03

"Roll 'Em"
Performed by Pete Johnson. Recorded in New York, New York, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1939/008: AFS 02499 B

"Roll On Buddy" [audio]
Performed by Aunt Molly Jackson. Recorded in New York, New York, 1939.
Call number: AFC 1939/012: AFS 02548 A/AFS 02548 B

"Rolled and Tumbled" [audio]
Performed by Rosalie Hill. Recorded in Como, Mississippi, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T899R02

"Rosie"
Performed by Parchment Prisoners. Recorded in Parchman Farm, Mississippi, 1933.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 01858 A

"Roving Boy" [audio]
Performed by Justis Begley. Recorded in Hazard, Kentucky, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/001: AFS 01512 A02 AFS 01512 B

"Roving Gambler" [audio]
Performed by Pearl Nye. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/002: AFS 01610 A2

"See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" [audio]
Performed by Hobart Smith. Recorded in Bluefield, Virginia, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T846R10

"61 Highway Blues" [audio]
Performed by Fred McDowell. Recorded in Como, Mississippi, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T897R10

"She Moves Through the Fair" [audio]
Performed by Margaret Barry. Recorded in London, UK, 1951.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T3435R01

"Sherburne" ("While Sheppherds Watched Their Flocks") [audio]
Performed by Alabama Sacred Harp Convention. Recorded in Fyffe, Alabama, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T872R15

"Shenandoah" [audio]
Performed by Capt. Richard Maitland. Recorded in Staten Island, New York, 1939.
Call number: AFC 1939/011: AFS 02532B

"Six ans sur mer" [audio]
Performed by Hoffpauir Sister. Recorded in New Iberia, Louisiana, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 031A1

"Sloop John B." ("H'ist Up the John B's Sails")
Performed by Cleveland Simmons & group. Recorded in Cat Island, Bahamas, 1935.
Call number: AFC 1935/001: AFS 00418 B02

"So Long, Its Been Good to Know You"
Performed by Woody Guthrie. Recorded in Washington, DC, 1940.
Call number: AFC 1940/007: AFS 03410 B02

"Stagolee"
Performed by Memphis Slim (John Lee). Recorded in 1947.
Call number: AFC 1935/001: AFS 00418 B02

"Thank God Almighty" ("Free at Last") [audio]
Performed by Albert Bradford and Becky Elsy. Recorded in Lake Arthur, Louisiana, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00105 A2-A3

"Titantic" [audio]
Performed by Arlie Baker. Recorded in Pine Mountain, Kentucky, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/001: AFS 01411 B1

"Trouble So Hard" ("Natural Blues") [audio]
Performed by Vera Ward Hall. Recorded in Livingston, Alabama, 1959.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: T921R15

"Ugly Woman" ("If You Wanna be Happy") [audio]
Performed by Duke of Iron (Cecil Anderson). Recorded in New York, New York, 1946.
Call number: AFC 2004/004: TD227R09

"Way out in Idaho" [audio]
Performed by Blaine, Stubblefield. Recorded in Washington, DC, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1938/011: AFS 01634B1

"We're Going to Pump Out Lake Erie" [audio]
Performed by Pearl Nye. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/002: AFS 01614 A2-
A3

"When First Into this Country"
Performed by Foy and Maggie Gant. Recorded in Austin, Texas, 1934.
Call number: AFC 1935/002: AFS 00065 A02

"Whistling Blues" [audio]
Performed by Meade "Lux" Louis. Recorded in New York, New York, 1938.
Call number: AFC 1939/008: AFS 02490-02500

"Wondrous Love"
Performed by the Pine Mountain Octet. Recorded in Pine Mountain, Kentucky, 1937.
Call number: AFC 1937/001: AFS 01412 A01

"Worried Life Blues" [audio]
Performed by David "Honeyboy" Edwards. Recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1942.
Call number: AFC 1941/002: AFS 06612 A01

"You Gonna Miss Me When I’m Dead and Gone"
Performed by Muddy Waters. Recorded in Stovall, Mississippi, 1942.
Call number: AFC 1941/002: AFS 06629 A03

 

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