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).
Brown, Gabriel - Hurston, Zora Neale - Lomax, Alan - Barnicle, Mary Elizabeth
" John Henry"
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Bahamian American Song
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