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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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    Robert Winslow Gordon testing disc recording equipment. He speaks, sings a verse of "Casey Jones," and whistles.

    sound recording | 1 disc. | Recorded at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. (Venue). Robert W. Gordon Collection of Disc Recordings. (Source Note). Recorded in January 1932. (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. ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow
    • Date: 1978
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    Casey Jones

    Sung by Francis H. Abbot. Recorded by Robert Winslow Gordon in Charlottesville Virginia, March 24, 1932. Robert W. Gordon Collection of Disc Recordings. sound recording | 1 disc. | Charlottesville, Virginia. (Venue). March 24, 1932. (Date). Robert W. Gordon Collection of Disc Recordings. (Source). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Abbott, Francis H.
    • Date: 1978
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    Catfish Blues

    Played and sung by Honeyboy Edwards at the 50th Anniversary Concert for the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1978. sound recording | 1 reel. | Recorded at the Archive of Folk Song 50th Anniversary Concert, Library of Congress. (Venue). At the beginning of this recording, Edwards acknowledges Alan Lomax, who is sitting in the audience. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Edwards, Honeyboy - Petway, Robert
    • Date: 1978
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    Sweet Home Chicago

    Played and sung by Honeyboy Edwards at the 50th Anniversary of the Archive of Culture at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1978. This song is believed to have been composed by Robert Johnson. sound recording | 1 reel. | Recorded at the Archive of Folk Song 50th Anniversary Concert, Library of Congress. (Venue). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Edwards, Honeyboy - Johnson, Robert
    • Date: 1978
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    Jesus Leads Me All the Way

    Gullah spiritual (ring shout) sung by Reverend Goodwin and the Zion Methodist Church congregation. Recorded by Henrietta Yurchenco in John’s Island, South Carolina, March 29, 1970. Henrietta Yurchenco / John’s Island Collection. sound recording | 1 reel. | Henrietta Yurchenco / John's Island Collection (Source). March 29, 1970. (Date). Recorded by Henrietta Yurchenco in John's Island, South Carolina. Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Yurchenco, Henrietta - Goodwin - Choir of the Zion Methodist Church
    • Date: 1970
  • Collection

    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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