Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Kuklienka, kde si bola

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 45 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The Slavia colony in Florida was established by Slovaks who had first settled in Cleveland in 1912. Performance Note: "Kuklienka, kde si bola" (vocals) performed by Emily Duda, and Lillian Jakubcin at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Slavia, Florida, on August 31, 1939. Performer referred to elsewhere ...

    • Contributor: Duda, Emily - Jakubcin, Lillian - Morris, Alton Chester - Morris, Alton C. - Duka, Emily
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-31
  • Jump Isabel, Slide Water Comment

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 22 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Mrs. Isabel Barnwell, age 85, was raised on Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Plantation in Nassau County, Florida. This song, to be sung while rowing a boat, originated on the plantation in Mrs. Barnwell's childhood. Performance Note: "Jump Isabel, Slide Water Comment" (spoken) performed at ...

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-14
  • I'm Going to Georgia

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (6 minutes, 32 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A turpentine worker's song. Cull Stacey, a 56-year-old turpentine worker born in Rockingham, North Carolina, describes the song and the turpentine industry but does not sing. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "I'm Going to Georgia" (spoken) performed by ...

    • Contributor: Stacey, Cull - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Battle Ax

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Reed, Clifford - Slater, Gussie
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-04
  • Soultana

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 54 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A classic song of oriental rhythm, originating in Turkey, which tells of a girl who sang in the Palace of the Sultan. The Greek words of this old classic are still popular today. The singer is a member of the Byzantine Choir of Tarpon Springs, ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, Evee G. - Filareton, John
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • Witches and Ghosts

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 53 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Jack has seen ghosts in West Florida, but not near Cross City. He says ghosts can't hurt you but can make you hurt yourself. Performance Note: "Witches and Ghosts" (spoken) performed by Jack at Office of the Aycock & Lindsey Turpentine Camp, Cross ...

    • Contributor: Jack - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Johnson, Berry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • I Want to Moan Right on Dat Shore

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Brown, Joe - Howard, Willie - Perkins, Paul - Richardson, James
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-03
  • Manavis

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 8 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | John Castrounis will sing 'Manavis,' 'The Fruit Vendor.'" 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, the settlers relocated to St. ...

    • Contributor: Castrounis, John - Morris, Alton Chester - Corse, Carita Doggett - Morris, Alton C. - [Corse, Carita Doggett]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-10-04
  • Cuban Lullaby

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 25 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | An old Cuban lullaby. Evelio Andux, age 37, was born in Key West, Florida, of Cuban descent (father of French descent). Martin Noriega is a 51-year-old of Cuban parentage. Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 by Cuban cigar manufacturers under ...

    • Contributor: Noriega, Martin - Andux, Evelio - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-24
  • Opinion of recording program of folksongs in Florida

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 7 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A statement by Mrs. Rolla Southworth, state director of Professional & Service Projects Division, Federal Works Agency, WPA; introduced by Dr. Carita Doggett Corse, state director, Florida Federal Writers' Project, WPA: "Dr. Corse, it would really seem that we have finally grown up as ...

    • Contributor: Southworth, Rolla - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - Corse, Carita Doggett - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Evalina

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 58 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A group song, usually sung with drums. This song is sung in Florida as well as in the West Indies, because there are a great number of Bahamians in Florida. Dr. Carita Doggett Corse, state director of the Florida Federal Writers' Project, interviews Zora Neale Hurston, ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - Corse, Carita Doggett - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Flowers, Kind Friends

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 50 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | An incomplete version of a Bahamian folksong. Performance Note: "Flowers, Kind Friends" (vocals) performed by Robert Butler at Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Bulter, Robert - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Butler, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll) - Unidentified Bahaman
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Where Have You Been, Charming Billy

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 16 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This ballad was used as a lullaby by the singer (a 43-year-old blind preacher of the Missionary Baptist Church and WPA instructor for the blind, who grew up on a farm in Lee County, South Carolina). Performance Note: "Where Have You Been, Charming Billy" (vocals) ...

    • Contributor: Stuckey, Harden W. - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson] - Stuckey, Rev. Harden W. (H. W.) - Stucky, Rev. Harden W. - Stuckey, Rev. H. W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Little Girl

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A game song, learned as a child in Leesville, South Carolina. The singer is 43 years old. Performance Note: "Little Girl" (vocals) performed by Maggie Fulton at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 18, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Fulton, Maggie - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Kalymnos Island native dance

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 18 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | An ancient classic dance originated, as Mr. George Anastassiou stated, some three thousand years back and adopted by the Islanders of Kalymnos, and most of the Islands of the Asia Minor shores. This peculiar dance is performed by a large group of men ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, George - Kaletizis, George - Peronis, Louis - Perris, Charylaos "Harry" - Filareton, John - [Anastassiou, George] - [Kaletizis, George - Lavouto] - [Peronis, Louis - Violin] - [Perris, Charylaos (Harry) - Santouri (Cymbal)] - Anastassio, George - Anastassiou, Professor George - Kapsalos, Louis - Perris, Harris - Parris, Harry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • I Lost My Jersey Cow Last Year

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 59 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A "play church" song, which had been sung by children playing church who would make up their own songs rather than sing church songs. The singer, age 39, grew up in South Jacksonville, Florida. She is a blind student of WPA instructor Rev. H. W. ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 5 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Jennie Castrounis will sing 'Misirlou,' a Greek Arabian love song." This song describes a woman named Misirlou. Her eyes and lips are mentioned. Greeks, along with Italians and Minorcans, first came to Florida in 1768, led by Dr. Andrew Turnbull. Turnbull settled New Smyrna Beach, ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 31 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance Note: "Samiotisa" (vocals) performed by Mary Gianèskis, and John Gonatos at Tarpon ...

    • Contributor: Manticos, Mary G. - Gonatos, John - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Gianèskis, Mary - Granèskis, Mary - Gnatos, John
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-25
  • Snake Song

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 17 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The song is used at the annual Hunting Dance. The Hunting Dance is a spiritual ritual held each autumn. In this instance, the song was performed with the purpose of being recorded, not as part of the ceremony itself. The sound quality of this recording ...

    • Contributor: Josh, John - Tiger, Naha - Johns, Barfield - Osceola, Robert - Bowlegs, Billy, 1808 - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Bowlegs, Billy
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Old Black Mammy's Lullaby

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 9 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Mrs. Isabel Barnwell, age 85, was raised on Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Plantation in Nassau County, Florida. She explains the meaning of "We Hab a Jest Gawd" and sings a song she learned from her "mammy" (a slave serving as nursemaid) when she was very ...

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

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 32 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A classic dance of the Island of Halki, originated on the Asia Minor Coast three to four thousand years ago. The natives adopted this dance, when the only musical instrument which we now know was a small lyra, still used by these Islanders and ...

    • 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
  • Antio

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 38 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance Note: "Antio" (vocals) performed by Evee G. Anastassiou at ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, Evee G. - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Liverpool

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 27 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 ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Roberts, Mary Jane - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-15
  • Possum Up the Simmon Tree

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 46 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Berry Johnson discusses women and food, and recites a song about 'possums. Performance Note: "Possum Up the Simmon Tree" (spoken) performed by Berry Johnson at Office of the Aycock & Lindsey Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 19, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). ...

    • Contributor: Johnson, Berry - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Birdie, Birdie In the Tree

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 37 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch song about a small child who tells its mother about some snow birds it sees on a limb outside the window. The child thinks the birds are real, but they are actually made of snow and were placed there by the child's father. ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Mary Jane - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - [Roberts, Mary Jane] - Roberts, Wilbur
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16