Audio Recording If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down
If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down [Sampson]
About this Item
- If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down
- Work, John W. (John Wesley), 1901-1967 (Collector)
- Heavenly Gate Quartet (Performer)
Created / Published
- Nashville, Tennessee, 1941
- - African Americans--Southern States--Music
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - Songs
- - Gospel music
- - Spirituals (Songs)
- - United States -- Tennessee -- Nashville
- Field recordings
- Gospel music
- Spirituals (Songs)
- - For rights information please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
- - In English.
- - The performers of this song are identified by Bruce Nemerov as the Heavenly Gate Quartet. "In the spring of 1941 John Work recorded the Heavenly Gate Quartet at his house...(AFS #5163-64)" -- article by Bruce Nemerov.
- Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1941/035: AFS 05164a01
- John Work Collection of Negro Folk Music from the Southeast (AFC 1941/035)
- American Folklife Center
- John Work Collection of Negro Folk Music from the Southeast (70)
- Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938 to 1943 (181)
- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America (50,882)
- American Folklife Center (131,140)
- Performing Arts Encyclopedia (158,136)
- American Memory (513,921)
Rights & Access
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These collections were presented with the consent of members of the families of John W. Work III and Willis Laurence James. We were unable to locate members of Lewis Wade Jones' family. Attempts were made to contact the performers in this collection, but our letters were returned. We welcome any further information about Lewis Jones and the performers featured in this presentation.
The following materials are included in this online Collection with permission.
The Peachite, March 1944 Festival Edition (Vol. II, No. 2), with permission of the Mass Communications Department, Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030, Attn: Lloyd Archer.
Drawing of W. C. Handy (part of The Peachite as reproduced here), with permission of the family of Bettina Steinke.
Arrangement of "Get Right, Stay Right" (part of The Peachite as reproduced here)and correspondence by Willis Laurence James, with permission from the family of Willis Laurence James (Minnie-Rose J. Richardson: email@example.com).
Arrangement of "This Ol' Hammer" (part of The Peachite as reproduced here)and correspondence by John Wesley Work III, with permission from the family of John Wesley Work III.
Quotation from The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes, with permission from Harold Ober Associates Incorporated.
Selection from Red River Blues by Bruce Bastin. Copyright 1986 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Press. Used with permission of the University of Illinois Press, 1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820-6903.
Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:
John Work Collection of Negro Folk Music from the Southeast (AFC 1941/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Lewis Jones and Willis James Recordings at Fort Valley State College (AFC 1943/012), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Fort Valley, Georgia, Recordings (AFC 1944/003), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Cite This Item
Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.
Chicago citation style:
Work, John W, and Heavenly Gate Quartet. If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down. Nashville, Tennessee, 1941. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/ftvbib000090/.
APA citation style:
Work, J. W. & Heavenly Gate Quartet. (1941) If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down. Nashville, Tennessee. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ftvbib000090/.
MLA citation style:
Work, John W, and Heavenly Gate Quartet. If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down. Nashville, Tennessee, 1941. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ftvbib000090/>.