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Audio Recording The Devil out of hell Scolding wife

About this Item


  • The Devil out of hell

Other Title

  • Scolding wife


  • Graham, George Vinton, performer.
  • Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995, collector.

Created / Published

  • 1938.


  • -  Ballads, English
  • -  Songs, English--California--San Jose


  • Field recordings
  • Songs
  • Sound recordings


  • -  Dust jacket notes: Most of the song recorded on AFS 3813 B1; a verse is added on AFS 3813 B2.
  • -  WPA Field Report notes: "This is the old English ballad, 'The scolding wife,' -- she was carted off to Hell by the Devil at her husband's request, but even the devils in Hell couldn't stand her so her husband had to take her back (Mr. Graham doesn't approve of such freedom in language in a song and offered this with many apologies)."
  • -  George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar.
  • -  Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 3, 1938.
  • -  Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.


  • on 2 bands of 1 sound disc : analog, 78 rpm ; 12 in.

Source Collection

  • Forms part of: W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection


Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2017700878

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit Line

W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection (AFC 1940/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Cowell, Sidney Robertson, Collector. The Devil out of hell. performeds by Graham, George Vinton 1938. Audio.

APA citation style:

Cowell, S. R. (1938) The Devil out of hell. Graham, G. V., performer [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Cowell, Sidney Robertson, Collector. The Devil out of hell. performer by Graham, George Vinton 1938. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.