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  • Audio Recording

    John Henry

    Sung and played on guitar by Gabriel Brown. Long blues instrumental, with only one verse of the ballad sung. Recorded by Zora Neale Hurston, Eatonville, Florida, 1935. Alan Lomax, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle Expedition Collection. sound recording | 1 disc. | Alan Lomax, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle Expedition Collection. (Source). 1935. (Date). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Brown, Gabriel - Hurston, Zora Neale - Lomax, Alan - Barnicle, Mary Elizabeth
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    Description of lining track

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Halimuhfack

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Mule on the Mount

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Let's Shake It

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Dat Old Black Gal

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Shove It Over

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Uncle Bud

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Crow Dance

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Wake Up, Jacob

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Georgia Skin

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Let the Deal Go Down

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Tilly, Lend Me Your Pigeon

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Gonna See My Long-Haired Babe

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Oh, the Buford Boat Done Come

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Po' Gal

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Evalina

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hurston, Zora Neale - Corse, Carita Doggett, 1892
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Oh Mr. Brown

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Corse, Carita Doggett, 1892 - Hurston, Zora Neale
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Stewboy

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Halpert, Herbert - Hazelhurst, Harold
    • Date: 1939-06-18
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    Uncle Bud

    • Contributor: Corse, Carita Doggett, 1892 - Cornwall, Robert - Brown, James - Bland, Rufus
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Book

    Songs of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Migrants

    "I'm Going Down this Road Feeling Bad," is a traditional song that may date from an earlier period, but that expresses sentiments surely felt by displaced workers during the Great Depression. In this presentation there are versions sung by Warde Ford, who traveled to Wisconsin to California to find work with the CCC and by Dust Bowl migrants Ruth Huber and Lois ...

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    " John Henry"

    Whether or not the legend has an historical basis, the story of a man whose worth and identity are measured only by his strength, which is then challenged by the advent of steam power, is one that has endured for over a century. John Henry's complaint to the work "captain," "A man ain't nothing but a man," found in most versions of the ballad, ...

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    Bahamian American Song

    A relatively new style of music in the 1930s and 40s when these recordings were made was jazz, using the piano and brass instead of, or sometimes in addition to, traditional Bahamian instruments. For example, a traditional version of the Bahamian song "Hoist Up the John B Sail" is sung by Robert Butler accompanied by Theodore "Tea Roll" Rolle. Rolle, a jazz composer, ...

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    Regional Song Sampler: The Southeast

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