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  • Audio Recording

    Pearl Harbor

    • Contributor: New York, Georgia, Singers - James, Willis
    • Date: 1943-06-01
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    "Dear Mr. President", New York, New York, January or February 1942

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog, 78 rpm; 12 in. | Sound Recording, Music; Sound Recording, Non-Music Dear Mr. President, talking blues song sung by Peter Bowers (Pete Seeger) (Side A)/The Martins and the Coys sung by Peter Bowers (Pete Seeger) (Side B) Sound Recording, Music Part of a series of interviews made by Charles Todd and Robert Sonkin, New York, New ...

    • Contributor: Bowers, Peter, Pseud. (pete Seeger) - Cavanaugh, James (jimmy) - Seeger, Pete - Cavanaugh, Robert - Sonkin, Robert - Todd, Charles L.
  • Audio Recording

    What a Time

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Golden Jubilee Quartet
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • Audio Recording

    Now What a Time

    • Contributor: New York, Georgia, Singers - James, Willis
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • Audio Recording

    What a Time

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Golden Jubilee Quartet
    • Date: 1943-06-01
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    Alan Lomax (1915-2002)

    Biography. Resources

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    Songs of Immigration and Migration - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    As Europeans colonized North America, beginning with the Spanish and French in the 1500s and the British and Dutch in the early 1600s, colonists brought their cultural entertainments along with them. Songs brought to colonial America continued to be sung in their early forms, so that later scholars of songs and ballads, such as the British ethnomusicologist Cecil Sharp and American ballad scholar Francis ...

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    Printable Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    1900 Songs of America Amy Marcy Cheney Beach sets to music Three Browning Songs, including "Ah, Love, But a Day and "The Year's at the Spring." John Rosamond Johnson writes the anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" to lyrics by James Weldon Johnson. The King Family performs the traditional dance song "Cripple Creek" on string band instruments: banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and bass fiddle. ...

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    Printable Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    1800 Songs of America James Hewitt (1770-1827) composes 'The Wounded Hussar.' Hon'hewachi Song from the Blue Spot ceremony, sung by a group of Omaha men and women. Recorded by Francis La Flesche, September, 1895. The purpose of the ceremony was to honor a female relative of a society member. La Flesche wrote that this song was composed by Old Blackbird of the White Horse ...

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    Printable Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    1850 Songs of America Stephen Foster composes 'The Voice of Bygone Days', 'Molly, Do You Love Me?', and 'Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!' 'Go Down Moses,' a spiritual sung by the Tuskegee Institute Singers, 1914. Harriet Tubman reported using this song to identify herself to slaves that might want to escape and flee north with her by singing it in a neighboring ...

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    Irish American Song

    In Addition to John McCormack, notable Irish American vocal music artists from the past include Victor Herbert (1859-1924), a Dublin-born conductor and popular composer of operettas; Bing Crosby (1901-1977), a singer and movie star; Gene Kelly (1912–1996), a singer, dancer and movie star; and Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002), a singer and movie star. Contemporary, well-known vocal artists of Irish American descent include Bruce Springsteen, Shania ...