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    Old Gray Mare

    sound recording | 1 cylinder | Bascom Lamar Lunsford was a lawyer, a folklorist, and a performer of traditional songs and music. (Biographical). October 19, 1925. Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). Spoken by Lunsford at the end of this recording: "Bascom Lamar Lunsford, who just sung the foregoing, learned it from Curtis Miles at Alexander, Buncombe County, North Carolina, near the home of ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lunsford, Bascom Lamar - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Date: 1978
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    Deep Down in My Heart

    sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). March 19, 1926. (Date). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture. (Source Note). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Givens, W. M.
    • Date: 1978
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    Jesus is My Only Friend

    sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). April 10, 1926 (Date). Spoken at the end of this recording: sung by Bessie Shaw, Oakhill, Georgia, April the tenth, Nineteen twenty-six. (Content). Some verses on the original cylinder were not duplicated due to poor sound quality. (Content). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Shaw, Bessie
    • Date: 1978
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    Finger Ring

    sound recording | 1 cyl. | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). April 12, 1926. (Date). Spoken at the end of the recording by Mary C. Mann: This is Miss Roberta Paul's, Paul's "boat song" that I have sung just now—the "Finger Ring." She like that. Sung by Mary C. Mann, Darien, Georgia, Macintosh county, April the twelfth, Nineteen twenty-six. (Content). According to Robert ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winsow - Mann, Mary C.
    • Date: 1978
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    Ol' Man Satan

    sound recording | 2 cylinder recordings | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). April 12, 1926. (Date). According to Gordon, "This song was a favorite with Amelia, a slave brought to this country prior to 1800 from the island of Madagascar. She taught it to her grand-daughter, Violet, and she in turn taught it to her granddaughter, Mary, from whom I obtained it. Amelia ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Mann, Mary C.
    • Date: 1978
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    Hesitation Blues

    sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). October 19, 1925. (Date). Bascom Lamar Lunsford was a lawyer, a folklorist, and a performer of traditional songs and music. (Biographical). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Lunsford, Bascom Lamar
    • Date: 1978
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    Blow Boys, Blow

    sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture. (Source Note). May 11, 1926 (Date). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Spencer, J. A. S.
    • Date: 1978
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    Blow Boys, Blow

    sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture. (Source Note). The date Gordon recorded this is unknown. It may have been between 1930 and 1932. (Date). ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Wilkins, A.
    • Date: 1978
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    Roll the Old Chariot Along and Haul the Woodpile Down

    Sea shanties recorded by Robert W. Gordon in the San Francisco Bay Area of California in the early 1920s (singers unknown). Gordon Cylinder Collection (cyl.50, CAL 103, CAL 104) sound recording | 1 cylinder. | Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). Sea shanties recorded by Robert W. Gordon in the San Francisco Bay Area of California in the early 1920s. (Content). The recording of "Haul the ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Date: 1978
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    The Old Ninety Seven

    sound recording | 1 cylinder recording. | Recorded by Robert Winslow Gordon in Concord, North Carolina, (Venue). Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. Original Cylinder number: Gordon cyl. A6, ms. NC4. (Source Note). Recorded on October 15, 1925 (Date). This song is known under several similar titles in addition to the title listed: "The Wreck of the Old Ninety Seven," "The Wreck of the Old ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lewey, Fred J. - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Date: 1978
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    Old Granny Hare

    Sung by William Ernest Bird in Cullowhee, North Carolina, October 28, 1925. Gordon Cylinder Collection. sound recording | 1 cylinder. | Performed by Professor W. E. Bird of Cullowhee State Normal School at Cullowhee, Jackson County, North Carolina, in the mountains to the southwest of Asheville. (Content). Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). October 28, 1925. (Date). This song was published on the Library of Congress ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bird, William Ernest - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Date: 1978
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    Glory to God, My Son's Come Home

    sound recording | 1 cylinder. | Sung by J. D. Purdy in Gullah dialect. Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (General). Recorded by Robert Winslow Gordon near Darien, Georgia (Venue). Recorded ca. 1926. (Date). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Purdy, J. D. - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Date: 1978
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    You've Been A Good Old Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down

    Composer Ben Harney sings his song, "You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down," without accompaniment. Recorded by Robert Winslow Gordon, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (probably in Harney's home), ca. 1925. sound recording | 1 cylinder. | This is thought to be the first published ragtime song, published in 1895. The original sheet music was written for piano and voice. (General). Not ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Harney, Benjamin Robertson - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Date: 1978
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    Haul Away

    sound recording | 1 cylinder. | Recorded in the Eastern U.S (Venue). Recorded ca. 1930 to 1932. (Date). Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source Note). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture. (Source Note). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Wilkins, A. - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Date: 1978
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    Calling Trains

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | First pubished on Library of Congress LP AFS L61 "Railroad Songs and Ballads," edited by Archie Green. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in 1936. (Date). Recorded at State Penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi. (Venue). This railroad call is performed by an unidentified former railroad train caller. (Content). John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1933-1937 (Source). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lomax, John A. (john Avery)
    • Date: 1968
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    The Southern Soldier

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | First published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L28, "Songs of American History and the Assasination of Presidents," 1952. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in 1937. (Date). Forms part of the John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1937. (Source). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Morgan, Minta - Lomax, John A. (john Avery)
    • Date: 1952
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    Michigan I-O

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | This song is based on the popular lumberman's song "Colley's Run I-O" and uses the same tune. (Content). This song was published on the Library of Congress recording "Songs of the Michigan lumberjacks" AAFS L 56, 1960. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in Traverse City, Michigan. (Venue). Forms part of the Alan Lomax Michigan and Wisconsin Recordings Collection. (Source). ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Wells, Lester - Lomax, Alan
    • Date: 1960
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    The Lumberjack's Alphabet

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | This song was published on the Library of Congress recording "Songs of the Michigan lumberjacks" AAFS L 56, 1960. (Bibliographic History). Forms part of the Alan Lomax Michigan and Wisconsin Recordings Collection. (Source). Recorded in Greenland, Michigan. (Venue). October, 1938. (Date). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lomax, Alan - Schaffer, Gus
    • Date: 1960
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    Roll On Buddy

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | First pubished on Library of Congress LP AFS L61 "Railroad Songs and Ballads," edited by Archie Green. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in New York, New York. (Venue). The singer is from Clay County, Kentucky. (Biographical). Recorded in 1939. (Date). Forms part of the Alan Lomax Recordings of Aunt Molly Jackson collection, part 1. (Source). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lomax, Alan - Jackson, Aunt Molly
    • Date: 1968
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    Railroad Rag

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | This recording was first published on Library of Congress LP AFS L61 "Railroad Songs and Ballads," edited by Archie Green. (Bibliographic History). This song was published as "That Railroad Rag," with words by Nat Vincent and music by Ed Bimburg, Head Music Company, 1911. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in 1940. (Date). Recorded in Shreveorit, Louisiana. (Venue). Forms part ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Harris, Joe - West, Kid - Lomax, John A. (john Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (ruby Terrill)
    • Date: 1968
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    Starving to Death on a Government Claim

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | First published in Library of Congress LP AFS L30 "Songs of the Mormons and Songs of the West," edited by Duncan Emrich. (Bibliographic History). Vance Randolph was a folklorist famous for his documentation of Ozark folklife. He was born in Pittsburg, Kansas. (Biographical). Recorded in 1941. (Date). The Lane County referred to in the song is in ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Randolph, Vance
    • Date: 1952
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    Root hog or die

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L30, "Songs of the Mormons and Songs of the West," edited by Duncan Emrich. (Bibliographic History). Forms part of the Vance Randolph Collection. (Source). Recorded in 1941. (Date). Recorded in Bradleyville, Missouri. (Venue). This is a parody of a popular minstrel show song of the same title that was ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Randolph, Vance - Denoon, Jimmy
    • Date: 1952
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    Young Johnny

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman Thomas collection of Wisconsin recordings. (Source). Recorded in April 1941. (Date). Published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L55 "Folk Music from Wisconsin," edited by Helene Stratman-Thomas, 1960. (Bibliographic History). Reorded in Madison, Wisconsin. (Venue). A ballad about the death of Thomas Mirrick of snakebite in ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bundy, Winifred - Stratman-Thomas, Helene - Draves, Robert F.
    • Date: 1960
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    Shantyman's life

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman Thomas collection of Wisconsin recordings. (Source). Recorded in July 1941. (Date). Published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L55 "Folk Music from Wisconsin," edited by Helene Stratman-Thomas, 1960. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in Rhinlander, Wisconsin. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Denoyer, Emery - Draves, Robert F.
    • Date: 1960
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    The Milwaukee Fire

    sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman Thomas collection of Wisconsin recordings. (Source). Recorded in August 1941. (Date). Published on the Library of Congress LP AFS L55 "Folk Music from Wisconsin," edited by Helene Stratman-Thomas, 1960. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in Crandon, Wisconsin. (Venue). The ballad concerns a fire at the Newhall House hotel in ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Walker, Robert - Draves, Robert F.
    • Date: 1960