Audio Recordings John Henry
About this Item
- John Henry
- Contributor Names
- Kennedy, Stetson (Collector)
- Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (Collector)
- Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (Speaker)
- Hazelhurst, Harold B. (Speaker)
- Hazelhurst, Harold B. (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Subject Headings
- - African Americans
- - Work songs
- - Songs
- - United States -- Florida -- Duval County -- Jacksonville
- - The singer, born in Georgia and reared in Florida, learned the song from workers driving spikes when a waterboy, aged 15-16, on a logging camp railroad in middle Florida. The song always had the same tune but the verses would vary.
- - Performance Note: "John Henry" (vocals) performed by Harold B. Hazelhurst at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 18, 1939.
- Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1939/005: AFS 03143 A02
- Source Collection
- Herbert Halpert 1939 Southern States Recording Expedition (AFC 1939/005)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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- Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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- Alton C. Morris Florida WPA recordings (AFC 1939/026), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Chicago citation style:
Kennedy, Stetson, Herbert Halpert, Herbert Halpert, Harold B Hazelhurst, and Harold B Hazelhurst. John Henry. Jacksonville, Florida, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000035/. (Accessed July 26, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Kennedy, S., Halpert, H., Halpert, H., Hazelhurst, H. B. & Hazelhurst, H. B. (1939) John Henry. Jacksonville, Florida. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000035/.
MLA citation style:
Kennedy, Stetson, et al. John Henry. Jacksonville, Florida, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000035/>.