Collection Items

  • Audio Recording
    She wore a yellow ribbon AFS 3822 A1 is incomplete; AFS 3833 A2 is a complete version of the song. Mrs. Byron Coffin, Sr., vocals and piano. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Alameda, California on April 6, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Byron Coffin, Sr., Mrs. Byron Coffin, Sr., and Byron Coffin, Jr. performing Barbary Coast tunes, American popular songs, and ragtime music...
    • Contributor: Coffin, Ada Pearl - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    Dogs An old Barbary Coast song. Begins on AFS 3821 A3 and is continued on AFS 3821 B3. Contains mild sexual innuendo. Introduction by Sidney Robertson Cowell mentions Byron Coffin, Jr., the son of the performers, who was on the WPA California Folk Music Project staff. Byron Coffin, Sr., vocals; Mrs. Byron Coffin, Sr., piano; and Sidney Robertson Cowell, narration. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell...
    • Contributor: Coffin, Ada Pearl - Coffin, Bryon H. - Coffin, Byron - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    The Forget - me - not song Dust jacket notes: Song begun on AFS 3344 A2 and continued on AFS 3343 A3. John McCready, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Groveland, California on July 31, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting John McCready performing Anglo-American songs on July 31, August 2, and August 5, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Groveland, Tuolumne County, California.
    • Contributor: McCready, John A. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    Little brown jug
    Ha, ha, ha, you and me | My wife and I live all alone
    Incomplete recording of song on AFS 3348 A2, continued on AFS 3348 A3. Minstrel show song. Song is verson of "Little brown jug," composed by Eastman. John McCready, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell at the Arizona Bar in Groveland, California on August 2, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting John McCready performing Anglo-American songs on July 31, August...
    • Contributor: McCready, John A. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Eastburn
    • Date: 1939
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    St. Peter at the Golden Gate Dust jacket notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "This was learned for the meetings of the lit'rary in Kansas, but I was unsuccessful in getting him to say so on the disk." John McCready's recitation begins on AFS 3352 A1, but is defective. It is continued on AFS 3352 B1 and concluded on AFS 3352 B3. John McCready, narration. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell...
    • Contributor: McCready, John A. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    My little German home across the sea
    Oh, I love to think about the days so full of joy and grief
    Begins on AFS 3355 B2, is continued on AFS 3355 A3. Dust jacket notes: Song is sung to the tune of "Little log cabin in the lane." Song is version of "My little German home across the sea" by George S. Knight. John McCready, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Groveland, California on August 5, 1939. Forms part of a group of...
    • Contributor: McCready, John A. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Knight, George S.
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Lord Thomas
    Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender
    Dust jacket notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell: One verse of the song is on AFS 3374 A1; others follow on AFS 3374A2. "Several verses owe much to Mr. Graham's personal reconstruction." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on August 16, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    Young Charlotte
    Young Charlotte
    Dust jacket notes: Most of the song recorded on AFS 3375 A1--the last verse is on AFS 3375 B1. "Mr. Graham was reading from his ms. copy [from the] '18th century,' i.e., the 1800s." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on August 16, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    La Tabacchera mia = My snuffbox Dust jacket notes: Verse 1 on AFS 3864 A1; verse 2 on AFS 3864 A3. Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "The sneeze song. Learned from his aunt or older sister." Giuseppe Russo, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Pittsburg, California on March 11, 1939. In Italian. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Giuseppe Russo performing Sicilian...
    • Contributor: Russo, Joseph W. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    Mio marito e un uomo tipatiello = My husband's an old grouch Dust jacket notes: Recording incomplete on AFS 3853 A3; song completed on AFS 3865 B1. Giuseppe Russo, vocals and piano. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Pittsburg, California on March 29, 1939. In Italian. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Giuseppe Russo performing Sicilian and Italian songs, some in Neapolitan dialect, at times accompanying himself on the piano, on March 11...
    • Contributor: Russo, Joseph W. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Chamarita (Flores version)
    Chamarrita
    Dust jacket notes: Clapping and snapping of fingers audible. At end of AFS 4256 B4, "calls for figures of dance" can be heard. Sung by Louise Franco, accompanied on the English guitar by Clifford Franco, with clapping and the snapping of fingers audible in the background. Louise Franco, vocals; Clifford Franco, English guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on August 15,...
    • Contributor: Franco, Louise - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Franco, Clifford
    • Date: 1939
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    Bella aurora = Lovely dawn Dust jacket notes: AFS 4257 A2 has first verse, song continued on AFS 4257 A3 and AFS 4257 B1, with incomplete text. Mary Silveira, vocals; Clifford Franco, English guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on August 15, 1939. In Portuguese. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Louise Franco, Clifford Franco, and Mary Silveira performing Portuguese songs on August...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Franco, Clifford - Silveira, Mary
    • Date: 1939
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    Si me dan pasteles an aguinaldo = If you give me pasteles . . . Dust jacket notes: AFS 3866 A3 repeats AFS 3866 A2. Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "Aguinaldo, a Christmas song from Viequies, P.R. [Vieques Island, Puerto Rico]." Letter from performer dated November 27, 1995: "Pasteles are made of green bananas and other vegetables and stewed pork. They are then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed." Aurora Calderon, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney...
    • Contributor: Calderon, Aurora - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    Minha mai minha amada (fado) = O my mother, my beloved Dust jacket notes: Song is incomplete on AFS 3871 A2 and is repeated in its entirety on AFS 3871 B1. Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: A fado in minor known to all Portuguese in California. Alice Lemos Avila, vocals and English guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on February 6, 1939. In Portuguese. Forms part of a group...
    • Contributor: Avila, Alice Lemos - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    Por ti = For thee Dust jacket notes: Song on AFS 3876 A2 repeated on AFS 3876 B2. Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "A current hit in Portugal with American jazz accompaniment improvised by Mrs. Avila's son [Albert]." Alice Lemos Avila, vocals; Albert Avila, piano. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on March 8, 1939. In Portuguese. Forms part of a group of field...
    • Contributor: Avila, Albert - Avila, Alice Lemos - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    O Menino Jesus = Sleep, baby Jesus Lullaby. Sung by Louise Franco alone, then by Mary Silveira, with Clifford Franco playing accompaniment on English guitar. Louise Franco and Mary Silveira, vocals; Clifford Franco, English guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on August 15, 1939. In Portuguese. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Louise Franco, Clifford Franco, and Mary Silveira performing Portuguese songs on August 15,...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Franco, Clifford - Franco, Louise - Silveira, Mary
    • Date: 1939
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    Poskowsnica Dust jacket notes: "A Dalmatian dance. . . Figure calling" is also by Tony Dedo. The selection is incomplete. Tony Dedo, lirica. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Woodside, San Mateo County, California on May 7, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Tony Dedo performing Dalmatian dance music from Croatia on the lirica on May 7, 1939, collected by Sidney...
    • Contributor: Dedo, Tony - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    La noche de Reyes = The Night of the Kings (Jan. 6) Dust jacket notes: Song begins on AFS 3844 B2, and is concluded on AFS 3844 B3. Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "This is not a Christmas song. A father is asked by his little son where his mother is. He says he had found her in her lover's arms and killed her -- on the night of January 6th." Maria Garcia,...
    • Contributor: Garcia, Maria - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Yo sempre, allegre (schottische)
    Yo siempre, alegre
    Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: AFS 3848 A1 has a "defective strip." AFS 3848 A2 is the same as AFS 3848 A1, with "middle section repeated." Title translation: "I'm always happy." Jessie de Soto, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Concord, California on January 28, 1939. In Spanish. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Jessie de...
    • Contributor: De Soto, Jessie - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    Lo, lo, lo, lo, tata = Sleep, little one
    Dormi, ti ninito | Duermete, te ninito
    Dust jacket notes: AFS 4254 A1 begins with false start and comments by Jessie de Soto's son, Tommy. AFS 4254 A2 continues song with four additional verses. Song completed with fifth verse, "the coyote verse," on AFS 4254. Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "Mrs. de Soto considers this song childish and unworthy of her talents!" Jessie de Soto, vocals and guitar....
    • Contributor: De Soto, Jessie - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Santos = Holy, holy Dust jacket notes: A traditional melody sung at the Pala Mission by six Indian women. Virginia Pico, vocals; Salvadora Valenzuela, vocals; E. de la Golsh, vocals; Jacinta Ortega, vocals; Everista Myers, vocals; Rosalie Acosta, vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Pala, California on June 4, 1939. In Spanish. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting a group of six Native American...
    • Contributor: Acosta, Rosalie - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Golsh, E. De La - Myers, Everista - Ortega, Jacinta - Pico, Virginia - Valenzuela, Salvadora
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Fragments (including Favorita) from a Portuguese broadcast over KRE, Oakland Dust jacket notes: AFS 3860 A3 is a very short sample of instrumental music. AFS 3860 A4 has a woman singing to instrumental accompaniment. Yellow song check-list notes: "These recordings were made in Coimbra, Portugal, according to Alberto Mendes. AFS 3860 A4 is 'Favorita,' a popular song from Coimbra." Unidentified singer and instrumentalists. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Richmond, California on February 11,...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Minha mai = My mother
    Oh minha mai
    Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "Tests -- A composition by Mrs. Avila for Mother's Day." Alice Lemos Avila, vocals; Frank Cunha, mandolin; Joachim Flores, guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on April 12, 1939. In Portuguese. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Alice Lemos Avila and friends performing Portuguese songs and music from December 31,...
    • Contributor: Avila, Alice Lemos - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Cunha, Frank - Flores, Joaquim
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Root, hog, or die Sam Bell, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Tuolumne County, California on August 1, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Sam Bell performing Anglo-American songs on August 1 and 2, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Tuolumne County, California.
    • Contributor: Bell, Sam - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
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    Dr. Ridge's food Dust jacket notes: Sung and recited by John Stone. He sang occasionally in medicine shows. Medicine show ad and song. John Stone, unaccompanied vocals and narration. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California on August 5, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting John Stone performing Anglo-American music on August 5 and 6, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson...
    • Contributor: Stone, John E. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939