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  • Film, Video

    Blind Boys of Alabama I "Amazing Grace"

    The Blind Boys of Alabama perform "Amazing Grace" at the Library of Congress, June 5, 2002. Forms part of the The Blind Boys of Alabama Concert Collection. videorecording | videorecording ; 4 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). June 5, 2002. (Date). Forms part of the The Blind Boys of Alabama Concert Collection. (Source Note). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Blind Boys of Alabama - Fountain, Clarence - Carter, Jimmy Lee
    • Date: 2002
  • Film, Video

    Blind Boys of Alabama II "Keep the Devil in the Hole"

    Blind Boys of Alabama perform "Keep the Devil in the Hole" at the Library of Congress, June 5, 2002. Forms part of the The Blind Boys of Alabama Concert Collection. videorecording | videorecording ; 4 min | Homegrown Concert Series (Source). Forms part of The Blind Boys of Alabama Concert Collection. (Source Note). June 5, 2002. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Blind Boys of Alabama - Fountain, Clarence - Carter, Jimmy Lee
    • Date: 2002
  • Film, Video

    Odetta! An Interview for the American Folklife Center

    videorecording | 1 videorecording; 35 min | Interview on November 3, 2003. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Odetta - Bulger, Peggy A.
    • Date: 2003
  • Audio Recording

    Yup'ik song about a vision of a sailing ship in 1777

    sound recording | 1 audio file. | Chuna McIntyre explains the song in English, then sings it in Central Yup'ik. (Content). The song concerns a vision of the arrival of Europeans in Alaska by a Yup'ik medicine man a year before the exploration of the Alaska coastline by Captain James Cook between April and September, 1778. The Yup'ik had little further contact with Europeans ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - McIntyre, Chuna - Nunamta Yup'ik Eskimo Dancers
    • Date: 2003
  • Film, Video

    Margaret MacArthur

    Margaret MacArthur performs songs and ballads from Vermont at the Library of Congress, June 21, 2005. videorecording | videorecording ; 63 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). June 21, 2005. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Macarthur, Margaret
    • Date: 2005
  • Collection

    D. W. Groethe -- Cowboy songs and poetry from Montana

    D. W. Groethe performs cowboy songs and poetry from Montana at the Library of Congress, July 20, 2005. videorecording | videorecording ; 58 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). July 20, 2005. (Date). Groethe, a working cowboy, performs his own compositions as well as traditional songs. (Content). D. W. Groethe was born and grew up in western North Dakota, the third generation descendant of ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Groethe, D. W. - Swaney, Alexandra - Bulger, Peggy A.
    • Date: 2005
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    Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys

    videorecording | 1 videorecording: 59 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). August 17, 2005. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Flippen, Benton - Smokey Valley Boys - Clifton, Verlen - Brown, Paul - Bode, Frank
    • Date: 2005
  • Film, Video

    Negrura Peruana

    Negrura Peruana of Hartford, Connecticut, performs Afro-Peruvian songs, music, and dance of Peru’s African and criollo population at the Library of Congress, October 12, 2005. videorecording | videorecording ; 61 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). October 12, 2005. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Negrura Peruana
    • Date: 2005
  • Film, Video

    Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers

    Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers perform traditional dances and songs at the Library of Congress, November 16, 2005. videorecording | videorecording ; 69 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). November 16, 2005. (Date). The members of this ensemble are from Arizona and New Mexico. Most are students at the University of New Mexico. (Biographical). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers - Bass, Howard
    • Date: 2005
  • Film, Video

    James "Super Chikan" Johnson and Richard Christman

    James "Super Chikan" Johnson and Richard Christman performs Mississippi blues songs and music at the Library of Congress, May 23, 2006. videorecording | videorecording ; 62 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). May 23, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Super Chikan - Christman, Richard
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video

    The River Boys Polka Band

    videorecording | 1 videorecording: 57 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). June 21, 2006. (Date). This type of polka music and dance is called "Dutch hop" and is found in Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming. "Dutch" refers to its German origins. (Content). This performance is predominantly instrumental with some songs. (Content). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - River Boys Polka Band - Schmer, Robert - Beitz , David - Hergenreder , Jerry - Deines, Steve
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video

    Natasinh Dancers

    Natasinh Dancers of Iowa perform Lao dance, music, and songs at the Library of Congress, July 26, 2006. videorecording | videorecording ; 75 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). July 26, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lao Natasinh Dance Troupe of Iowa
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video

    Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear Sioux and Mandan H...

    videorecording | 1 videorecording: 73 min | Homegrown Concert Series (Source). August 16, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Defender-Wilson, Mary Louise - Bear, Keith
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video

    Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

    Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver perform at the Library of Congress, September 13, 2006. videorecording | videorecording ; 70 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). September 13, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Quicksilver (musical Group) - Lawson, Doyle
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video

    Sonny Burgess and The Pacers

    Sonny Burgess and the Pacers perform at the Library of Congress, October 18, 2006. videorecording | videorecording ; 54 minutes | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). October 18, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Burgess, Sonny - Pacers (musical Group)
    • Date: 2006
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    Not the Same Old(Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in th...

    videorecording | videorecording; 52 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). July 27, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Barton, Matthew - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video

    Mr. Jelly Roll, Mr. Lomax, and the Invention of Jazz, Concert...

    videorecording | videorecording; 66 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). January 18, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Burrell, Dave - Szwed, John F.
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video

    Reverb

    Reverb performs a capella songs at the Library of Congress, February 7, 2007. videorecording | videorecording ; 62 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). February 7, 2007. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Reverb (vocal Group)
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    Flory Jagoda and Friends

    Flory Jagoda with Susan Gaeta, Howard Bass, and Tina Chancey, performs traditional Sephardic music from the former Yugoslavia and other parts of the world at the Library of Congress, 2007. videorecording | videorecording ; 52 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). March 21, 2007. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Jagoda, Flory - Bass, Howard - Gaeta, Susan - Chancey, Tina
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    Seeger Family Concert

    Mike, Peggy, and Pete Seeger with the Short Sisters perform at the Library of Congress March 16, 2007. Forms part of "How Can I Keep From Singing": A Seeger Family Tribute symposium and concert. videorecording | videorecording ; 133 min | Seeger Family Tribute Collection. (Source). March 16, 2007. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Seeger, Pete - Seeger, Mike - Seeger, Peggy - Short Sisters
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    Stolen Souls from Africa

    videorecording | videorecording ; 3 min | Recorded at the Library of Congress (Venue). Forms part of the Seeger Family Tribute Collection (Source). A version of this song titled, "The Song of the Coffle Gang," was published in abolishionist song collections: The Liberty Minstrel, compiled by George Washington Clark in New York, 1844, and in The Anti Slavery Harp, compiled by William Wells Brown ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Seeger, Mike
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    The Candidate's a Dodger

    videorecording ; 4 min | Forms part of the Seeger Family Tribute Collection (Source). Recorded at the Library of Congress (Venue). 4:3

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Seeger, Pete - Seeger, Mike - Seeger, Peggy
    • Date: 2007
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    Don't Say It Can't Be Done

    videorecording | videorecording ; 5 min | Forms part of the Seeger Family Tribute Collection (Source). Recorded at the Library of Congress (Venue). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Seeger, Pete
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    Sing Along with Pete Seeger

    videorecording | videorecording ; 29 min | Forms part of the Seeger Family Tribute Collection (Source). Recorded at the Library of Congress (Venue). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Seeger, Pete
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    Sama Ensemble

    The Sama Ensemble of Maryland performs Persian music and chants in Farsi at the Library of Congress, April 25, 2007. Concert sponsored by the American Folklife Center. videorecording | videorecording ; 55 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). April 25, 2007. (Date). Recorded in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress. (Venue). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Sama (musical Group) - Turner, Rory P. - Analouei, Ali - Khorasani, Naser - Ameen, Bahman - Elizabeth, Audrey - Bibizadeh, Behnaz - Hosseini, Neda - Hosseini, Puneh ... Library of Congress - Sama (musical Group) - Turner, Rory P. - Analouei, Ali - Khorasani, Naser - Ameen, Bahman - Elizabeth, Audrey - Bibizadeh, Behnaz - Hosseini, Neda - Hosseini, Puneh - Shirzadi, Souri - Bulger, Peggy - Esmaeli, Hasti - Abrishami, Giti - Zolriasatein, Nazanin - Bloom, Steve, Percussionist
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    Hoop Dances by Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner

    Dallas Chief Eagle of the Rosebud Lakota (Sioux) tribe and Jasmine Pickner of the Crow Creek Lakota (Sioux) tribe describe their tradition and perform hoop dances to Lakota songs at the Library of Congress, November 15, 2007. videorecording | videorecording ; 58 min | The first dance to a Lakota song is 26 minute into the program. (Content). Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). November 15, ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie - Bulger, Peggy A. - Graham, Andrea - Pickner, Jasmine - Chief Eagle, D.
    • Date: 2007
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    Gandydancer

    Gandydancer, a string band from West Virginia performs at the Library of Congress December 12, 2007. Homegrown Concert Series. videorecording | videorecording ; 61 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). December 12, 2007. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Mullennex, Ron - Bing, Dave - Payne, Mark, Guitarist - Martin, Jim - Milnes, Gerald - Gandydancer
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video

    Major League Tassa

    videorecording | 1 videorecording: 53 min | Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Major League Tassa (performing Group)
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video

    The Beehive Band: Mormon String Band music from Utah

    The Beehive Band: Mormon String Band music from Utah perform at the Library of Congress, April 24, 2008. videorecording | videorecording ; 66 | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). April 24, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Beehive Band
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video

    Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra Albanian Music f...

    videorecording | videorecording | Library of Congress (Venue). June 19, 2008 (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Halili, Merita - Raif Hyseni Orchestra
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video

    The Zionaires — Gospel Music from Maryland and Delaware

    The Zionaires perform Gospel music at the Library of Congress, July 24, 2008. videorecording | videorecording ; 61 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). July 24, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Zionaires (musical Group) - Brooks, O. Wendell - Brady, Dennis
    • Date: 2008
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    Gary Haleamau

    Gary Haleamau performs traditional Hawai'ian music from Las Vegas at the Library of Congress, August 20, 2008. videorecording | videorecording ; 70 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). August 20, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Haleamau, Gary - Haleamau, Sheldeen
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video

    The Bar J Wranglers: Cowboy Music from Wyoming

    The Bar J Wranglers perform cowboy songs and music at the Library of Congress, October 2, 2008. videorecording | videorecording ; 61 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Date). October 2, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bar J Wranglers (musical Group) - Hatch, Anne F. - Humphreys, Scott - Humphreys, Bryan - Hodgson, Tim - Cook, Donnie - Rogers, Danny - Baxter, Jerry - Bulger, Peggy A.
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video

    Force and Violins What the FBI had on Folksingers

    videorecording | videorecording; 50 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). March 19, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Dunaway, David King
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video

    Old Cultures/New Contexts: Presenting the Traditional Music a...

    videorecording | 1 videorecording; 62 min | Botkin Lecture Series (Source). June 20, 2008 (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Raim, Ethel - Groce, Nancy
    • Date: 2008
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    Songs of Robert Burns

    videorecording | videorecording ; 37 min | Forms part of Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics, and Performance (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bennett, Margaret - Miller, Ed - Kruesi, Margaret - Burns, Robert
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Hear, O Israel: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955

    videorecording | 1 videorecording; 57 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). October 14, 2009. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Sapoznik, Henry
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers

    The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers perform a capella Gospel songs at the Library of Congress, July 16, 2009. videorecording | videorecording ; 65 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). July 16, 2009. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers - Riley, Eric - Jennings, Ric - Page, Greg - Tyehimba, Shaka - Darden, Stace - Davenport, Demetrius
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Sreevidhya Chandramouli

    Sreevidhya Chandramouli of Portland, Oregon, performs vina music and Sanscrit songs of South India at the Library of Congress, August 20, 2009. videorecording | videorecording ; 64 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). August 20, 2009. Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Chandramouli, Sreevidhya - Sriji, Poovalur
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Wayne Newell and Blanch Sockabasin: Traditional Passamaquoddy...

    Wayne Newell and Blanch Sockabasin perform Passamaquoddy songs and music at the Library of Congress, Septermber 16, 2009. videorecording | videorecording ; 65 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). September 16, 2009. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Sockabasin, Blanch - Newell, Wayne - Mundell, Kathleen - Bulger, Peggy A.
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski and cowboy singer-composer Wylie Gu...

    Paul Zarzyski and Wylie Gustafson perform songs and poetry at the Library of Congress, October 7, 2009. videorecording | videorecording; 60 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). October 7, 2009. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Zarzyski, Paul - Gustafson, Wylie - Bulger, Peggy A. - Seemann, Charlie
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Barbara Lynn and Friends

    Barbara Lynn performs Texas Rhythm and Blues at the Library of Congress, November 18, 2009. videorecording | videorecording ; 58 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). November 18, 2009. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lynn, Barbara
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Eddie Bond and Josh Ellis

    videorecording | videorecording ; 25 min | Forms part of Legends and Legacies: Remembering Archie Green (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Ellis, Josh - Bond, Eddie
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Northern Neck Chantey Singers

    videorecording | videorecording ; 17 min | Forms part of Legends and Legacies: Remembering Archie Green (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Northern Neck Chanty Singers
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Legends and Legacies Concert Celebrating Joseph T. Wilson and...

    videorecording | 1 videorecording; 176 min. | This concert forms part of the Legends and Legacies: An American Folklife Center Celebration of Public Folklore symposium events. (Source Note). September 10, 2009. (Date). This concert honors the life and work of Joseph T. Wilson and includes a presentation of the Library of Congress Living Legend Award to him by the Librarian of Congress. (Content). This ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Wilson, Joe - Sheehy, Daniel Edward - Sweet Heaven Kings - New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters (musical Group) - Mauchahty-Ware, Tom - Mulvihill, Brendan - McComiskey, Billy - Wiggins, Phil - Douglas, Jerry ... Library of Congress - Wilson, Joe - Sheehy, Daniel Edward - Sweet Heaven Kings - New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters (musical Group) - Mauchahty-Ware, Tom - Mulvihill, Brendan - McComiskey, Billy - Wiggins, Phil - Douglas, Jerry - Dukes, Josh - Tieyah, Chester, Jr. - Ware, Tom, III - Olin, Julia - Billington, James H. - Bulger, Peggy A. - Obey, David R. - Moloney, Mick
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    " When the Saints Go Marching In"

    videorecording | videorecording ; 9 min | Forms part of Legends and Legacies: A Concert and Symposium Celebrating Joe Wilson and the NCTA Collection (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Sweet Heaven Kings
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Tom Mauchahty-Ware with Thomas Ware, III and Chester Tieyah, ...

    videorecording | videorecording ; 16 min | Forms part of Legends and Legacies: A Concert and Symposium Celebrating Joe Wilson and the NCTA Collection (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Mauchahty-Ware, Tom - Ware, Tom - Tieyah, Chester
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Phil Wiggins and Corey Harris

    videorecording | videorecording ; 17 min | Forms part of Legends and Legacies: A Concert and Symposium Celebrating Joe Wilson and the NCTA Collection (Source). The first portion of this video is instrumental. The song, "Pony Blues" composed by Charley Patton begins at 5:50 minutes, followed by "Everybody Got to Change Sometime" composed by Taj Mahal and "Lynch Blues" composed by Correy Harris. (Content). ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Wiggins, Phil - Harris, Corey - Patton, Charley - Taj Mahal (musician)
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters

    videorecording | videorecording ; 27 min | Forms part of Legends and Legacies: A Concert and Symposium Celebrating Joe Wilson and the NCTA Collection (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters (musical Group)
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    The Star Spangled Banner

    videorecording | videorecording ; 2 min | Forms part of the Baseball Americana Symposium (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Reverb (vocal Group) - Langley, Steve - Pinkney, Victor - Hunter, Chris - Edler, Troy - Owens, Kevin - Deering, Jason
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    videorecording | videorecording ; 3 min | Forms part of the Baseball Americana Symposium (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Taylor, David - Alstrom, Ed
    • Date: 2009
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    " If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews" Irish and Jewish I...

    videorecording | videorecording; 74 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). December 1, 2009 (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Moloney, Mick
    • Date: 2009
  • Audio Recording

    Amazing grace

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in. | Herb Remington, steel guitar ; Charlie Shaffer, piano (Performers). Track 1 from the CD "Precious Memories" (Source Note). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Glad Music Co. - Remmington, Herb - Schaffer, Charlie
    • Date: 2000
  • Audio Recording

    Fanfare for the common man

    sound recording | 1 sound cartridge : digital, stereo ; 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. | From Library of Congress concert, "Aaron Copland Centennial" recorded on November 14, 2000 in the Coolidge Auditorium. (c) Copyright 1944 by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc. Copyright Renewed. Used by permission of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Publisher & Licensee. (Copyright Notice). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Unpublished - Copland, Aaron - United States Marine Band
    • Date: 2000
  • Audio Recording

    Amazing grace (Untitled) / (Unissued)

    compact disc | 2 sound discs : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in. | Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, www.sonybmg.com. (Copyright). Catalog number Columbia/Legacy C2K 65847 (Source Note). Compact Disc (Form). Compact Disc (Form). Compact Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Sony Music Entertainment - The Byrds
    • Date: 2000

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  • Audio Recording

    Library of Congress march

    sound recording | 1 compact disc recording | First Lieutenant Jason K. Fettig, conductor. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Sousa, John Philip - Bulla, Stephen - United States Marine Band
    • Date: 2003
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    Carter Family tribute collection,

    Collection includes video recording, sound recording, and posters for a concert performed to honor Janette Carter, who received the Bess Lomax Hawes Award and National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for her lifelong advocacy for the performance and preservation of Appalachian music. Performers include her son Dale Jett, grandson of A. P. and Sara Carter of the original Carter family; ...

    • Contributor: Jett, Dale - Jett, James D. - Lay, David - Lay, Linda - Sheets, Deborah Jean - Sheets, Randy - Wilson, Joe - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (library of Congress) - Library of Congress - Dale Jett and the Carter Singers
    • Date: 2005
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    The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    See and Hear American History Through Song "Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing." – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work (1884) Listen to the changes in the "Star Spangled Banner" as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in ...

    • Date: 1581

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  • Article

    Articles About Songs - The Library of Congress Celebrates the...

    Original essays and articles are available on this site to help provide historical context and a deeper view for those who wish to learn more about particular topics. The Library's curators have written articles on historical topics and song, musical styles, individual songs, and songs of various ethnic groups in America.

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    Biographies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of...

    Short biographies are available for some of the many composers, lyricists, performers, conductors, field collectors, and folklorists who have played a part in the history of American songs.

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    Curator Talks - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs ...

    The curators of the collections at the Library of Congress give more information about the history of song in the United States in these brief "Curator Talk" videos with the help of illustrations and audio clips.

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    Historical Topics - The Library of Congress Celebrates the So...

    The history of America is reflected through its songs. Read more about how immigration and migration; work and industry; social change; war and conflict; politics and political campaigns; and sports and leisure in the United States have been portrayed in song. Listen to examples for all.

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    Illustrated Sound Recordings - The Library of Congress Celebr...

    Performances of song and concerts from the Library of Congress are available on this site as well as interviews with performers and composers.

  • Article

    Interactive Maps - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Son...

    See the connection between America's geography and song through interactive maps that offer songs from the states and about the states.

  • Article

    Popular Songs of the Day - The Library of Congress Celebrates...

    "Popular songs" can be broadly defined as songs that are at least intended to reach a broad audience via some form of commercial distribution, such as broadsides, sheet music, song collections, touring musicians or musical production and from the 1890s on, commercial recordings. Being made to travel, popular music is most likely to represent a broad range of influences, including ones from folk, church ...

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    Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of Am...

    Explore the relationship between cultural and historical events to American song on this timeline.

  • Article

    1950 to Present - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Song...

    Cultural and historical events from 1950 to present related to American song.

  • Audio Recording

    Armed forces medley

    sound recording | 1 DAT audiotape | The army goes rolling along--Anchors aweigh--Marines Hymn--Semper paratus--Off we go into the wild blue yonder. (Content). Taken from a recording of a concert held at the Library of Congress in 2002. "The U.S. Air Force" Words & Music by Robert Crawford Copyright © 1939, 1942, 1951 by Carl Fischer, Inc. Copyrights renewed. All Rights assigned to Carl ...

    • Contributor: Schissel, Loras J. - Virginia Grand Military Band
    • Date: 2002
  • Audio Recording

    Eternal Father, strong to save

    sound recording | 1 DAT audiotape | Taken from a recording of a concert held at the Library of Congress in 2002. Recording of "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" from the Loras John Schissel collection. (Copyright Notice). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Dykes, John - Schissel, Loras J. - Whiting, William - Virginia Grand Military Band
    • Date: 2002
  • Audio Recording

    God bless America

    sound recording | 1 DAT audiotape | Taken from a recording of a concert held at the Library of Congress. "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin (c) Copyright 1938, 1939 by Irving Berlin (c) Copyright Renewed 1965, 1966 by Irving Berlin (c) Copyright Assigned the Trustees of the God Bless America Fund International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission. Recording of "God ...

    • Contributor: Berlin, Irving - Schissel, Loras J. - Virginia Grand Military Band
    • Date: 2002
  • Audio Recording

    Stars and stripes forever

    sound recording | 1 DAT audiotape | Taken from recording of concert held at the Library of Congress in 2002. Recording of "Stars and Stripes Forever" from the Loras John Schissel Collection. (Copyright Notice). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Sousa, John Philip - Virginia Grand Military Band
    • Date: 2002
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    Guadalcanal march [from Victory at sea]

    sound recording | Recorded at a concert held at the Library of Congress in 2002. "The Guadalcanal March" by Richard Rodgers Copyright (c) 1952 by Williamson Music Copyright Renewed. International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission. (Copyright Notice). 30 second (Extent). Due to copyright restrictions, only excerpts from this item are available. (Standard Restriction). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Rogers, Richard - Virginia Grand Concert Band
    • Date: 2002
  • Notated Music

    Library of Congress march

    Instrumental parts | 1 score (12 p.) + 23 parts ; 8 1/2" x 11" | Copyright 2003 by John Philip Sousa, Inc. (Copyright). Printed score and band parts. The march was begun by John Philip Sousa in 1931, but never completed. Stephen Bulla was able to finish and orchestrate the score by using Sousa's fragmentary sketches, a piano draft, and one page of ...

    • Contributor: Sousa, John Philip - Bulla, Stephen
    • Date: 2003
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    America the Beautiful

    Article. "America the Beautiful" has been called "an expression of patriotism at its finest." It conveys an attitude of appreciation and gratitude for the nation's extraordinary physical beauty and abundance, without triumphalism. It has also been incorporated into a number of films including The Sandlot and The Pentagon Wars. Its lyricist, Katharine Lee Bates, died March 28, 1929, and is buried in Falmouth, Massachusetts, ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Anchors Aweigh

    Article. Charles Zimmermann died just before the U.S. entered WWI but his counterpart, John Philip Sousa, enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was paid one dollar per month to organize the young musicians recruited into the service. He molded the Great Lakes Navy Band into an accomplished musical organization and became the first Navy musician to hold the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Midshipman ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Battle hymn of the republic

    Article. But it was when Julia Ward Howe visited Washington, DC in 1861 that the tune properly came to be called "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Howe and her husband, both of whom were active abolitionists, experienced first-hand a skirmish between Confederate and Union troops in nearby Virginia, and heard the troops go into battle singing "John Brown's Body." That evening, November 18, ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Columbia the Gem of the Ocean

    Article. Sheet music from both 1843 and 1846 credited the American title as "Columbia, the Land of the Brave." Yet between these two dates, in 1844, the song was also published under the title it subsequently retained, "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean." Extremely popular during Abraham Lincoln's Civil War administration, the song became a standard tune in the U.S. Marine Corps Band's repertoire.

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Eternal Father, Strong to Save

    Article. Eternal Father, was a favorite hymn of both President Theodore Roosevelt, a former Secretary of the Navy (1897-98), and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy. It was performed as the body of President John F. Kennedy, a PT boat commander in World War II, was brought to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Fanfare for the Common Man

    Article. In March 1943, income taxes were a major issue for the common man. The United States had been at war about fifteen months and government spending soared. The previous year, as other taxes rose, only one in seven taxpayers had managed to save enough from their wages to pay the federal government. Congress had just recently required employers to withhold an employee's estimated ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    God Bless America

    Article. Irving Berlin lived a long life, one hundred and one years, and built a catalog of over 1,000 songs. His first published song was "Marie from Sunny Italy" (1907) and his first major hit was "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1911). He also wrote for Broadway and the movies. Among his most recognized songs are "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," "Mandy," "White Christmas," ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Hail Columbia

    Article. Up until the 1890s "Hail Columbia" was played as the de facto national anthem of the United States. President Lincoln once mentioned he had to stand up and take off his hat when "Hail Columbia" was sung. Many Europeans actually took it to be the U.S. anthem and played it accordingly. In 1889 it was played in that fashion to honor Thomas Edison ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Hail to the Chief

    Article. -- "The Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    I'll Be Home for Christmas

    Article. In December 1965, having completed the first U.S. space rendezvous and set a record for the longest flight in the U.S. space program, the astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell hurtled back to earth aboard their Gemini 7 spacecraft. Asked by NASA communication personnel if they wanted any particular music piped up to them, the crew requested Bing Crosby's recording of "I'll Be ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Marines' Hymn

    Article. The first version of the song was copyrighted, published and distributed in 1919 by The Leatherneck - a Marine Corps magazine printed in Quantico, Virginia. On November 21, 1942, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps approved a slight change in the words of the first verse, to read "In air, on land, and sea" instead of the earlier "In the air, ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    My Country 'Tis of Thee

    Article. Smith initially wrote another verse, which he cut because it seemed too strident and not in keeping with what he wanted to be a peaceful homage to the nation. Beethoven and Haydn have incorporated the music of this song into their own work and, on August 28, 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King quoted Smith's lyrics when he stated from the steps of the ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Of Thee I Sing

    Article. View posters from the New Deal era in American Memory

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    U.S. Air Force Song

    Article. Melodies and songs are often quoted within another piece of music and "Off We Go" is no exception. Frank Zappa's twenty-five-minute opus "Billy the Mountain," a pastiche of American musical genres, incorporates melodic references to "Off We Go" and a number of other tunes such as "Over the Rainbow," "Pomp and Circumstance," and television's the Tonight Show theme.

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Over There

    Article. President Wilson described "Over There" as "a genuine inspiration to all American manhood" and Cohan remained unwavering in his patriotic fervor. However, a significant number of artists and performers grew increasingly disillusioned with a war in which 9,000,000 individuals lost their lives (117,000 of whom were Americans). Thus Cohan’s work was contrapuntal to the edgier music produced by performers such as James Reese ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Semper Paratus

    Article. The work of the U.S. Coast Guard has always included a strong humanitarian emphasis. Orville and Wilbur Wright, for example, were able to engage members of the Coast Guard to assist in their historic first. Years later Orville Wright told this story:

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Star Spangled Banner

    Article. The Anacreontic Society was founded around 1766, and named in honor of the ancient Greek court poet Anacreon, who in the sixth century B.C., entertained his tyrannical patrons with lyrics celebrating wine, women, and song. In 1791 Franz Josef Haydn was the Society's honored guest at a performance of one of his own symphonies, which indicates the primacy of the group's musical interests. ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Stars and Stripes Forever

    Article. The "Flute in C" with silver keys and ferrules was used for 11 years by Mr. Louis P. Fritze, a member of the Sousa Band. He played it in the Band's 1910 around-the-world tour. It has been repaired by a broad silver band at the socket of the head-joint and had mother-of-pearl set in the "stopper."

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    The Army Goes Rolling Along

    Article. Refrain: Then it's Hi! Hi! Hey!The Army's on its way.Count off the cadence loud and strong,For where e'er we go,You will always knowThat The Army Goes Rolling Along.

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    The Yankee Doodle Boy

    Article. Subsequent to Cohan's most successful years on Broadway, a number of shows have incorporated his song "Yankee Doodle Boy" and/or depicted the "Yankee Doodle Boy," himself. Eddie Buzzell sang "Yankee Doodle Boy" in the 1929 motion-picture adaptation of the big hit Little Johnny Jones. Jimmy Cagney played the role of George M. Cohan and sang "Yankee Doodle Boy" in the Academy Award-winning 1942 ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    This is My Country

    Article. The co-authors of "This Is My Country" passed away within a month of each other. Raye died in Encino, California on January 29, 1985. Al Jacobs passed away on February 13, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland. Their song "This is My Country" is played nightly during the finale of the Disneyland and Disney World fireworks spectacular.

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    This Land is Your Land

    Article. Nobody living can ever stop me As I go walking my Freedom Highway Nobody living can make me turn back This land was made for you and me.

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Victory at Sea

    Article. "Victory at Sea" received immediate acclaim. It earned a Peabody, a special Emmy and numerous other awards. Its production team, led by Henry Salomon, created an enduring art form, the compilation documentary. It also earned Richard Rodgers the U.S. Navy's Distinguished Service Award in 1953.

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

    Article. The song also gave rise to many a parody. The best known was the Confederate parody "For Bales." Union soldiers sang about Generals such as Burnside, McClellan and Mead in a parody titled "Boys of the Potomac"and northerners disgruntled by taxes, conscription and inflation sang "Johnny, Fill up the Bowl." During the Spanish American War in 1898, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" reached ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Yankee Doodle

    Article. Of humble origin and perhaps questionable in matters of lyrical "taste," "Yankee Doodle" has survived as one of America's most upbeat and humorous national airs. In the fife and drum state of Connecticut, it is the official state song. George M. Cohan revived the tune in his "Yankee Doodle Boy" (also known as "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy") of 1904. It should surprise ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    You're a Grand Old Flag

    Article. With and without Ethel Levey George Washington, Jr. ran from February 12, 1906 to April 23, 1906 and, following a national tour, had a one month return engagement in New York from February 11 through March 11, 1907.

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Library of Congress March

    Article. One particular hurdle was the brevity of the 'dog fight' section. The piano draft was too short here, and seemed undeveloped. Fortunately, one of the early fragment sketches had some melodic scribbles (nearly indecipherable) that turned out to match the places where the piano draft seemed incomplete. With this the 'dog fight' was filled out and the form came together nicely.

    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002