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You Must Be Born Again

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  • You Must Be Born Again


  • Lomax, John A. (John Avery), 1867-1948 (Collector)
  • Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) (Collector)
  • Howard, Willie (Performer)
  • Perkins, Paul (Performer)
  • Richardson, James (Performer)
  • Reid, Allen (Performer)
  • Johnson, Dawson (Performer)
  • Brown, John (Performer)
  • Thomas, Lonnie (Performer)

Created / Published

  • Raiford, Florida, June 4, 1939


  • -  United States -- Florida -- Union County -- Raiford
  • -  Music
  • -  Songs
  • -  Work songs


  • Music
  • Songs
  • Work songs


  • -  Location also known as Florida State Prison; Raiford Penitentiary
  • -  Performer referred to elsewhere as Willie Ford
  • -  Venue: State Farm
  • -  Performer referred to elsewhere as Allen Reed
  • -  Performance Note: "You Must Be Born Again" performed by James Richardson, Allen Reid, Lonnie Thomas, Willie Howard, Dawson Johnson, Paul Perkins and John Brown (vocals) at State Farm, Raiford, Florida, on June 4, 1939.


  • sound disc : analog, 78 rpm ; 12 in.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1939/001: AFS 02712a01

Source Collection

  • John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip (AFC 1939/001)


  • American Folklife Center

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Online Format

  • audio

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  • Bull-Cow Blues
  • Don't You Leave Me Here
  • Everybody's Down on Me
  • Little Log Cabin
  • Louise
  • Maria
  • Springtime in the Rockies

Credit line

John and Ruby Lomax 1939 southern states recording trip (AFC 1939/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Lomax, John A, Ruby T Lomax, Willie Howard, Paul Perkins, James Richardson, Allen Reid, Dawson Johnson, John Brown, and Lonnie Thomas. You Must Be Born Again. Raiford, Florida, June 4, 1939. Audio.

APA citation style:

Lomax, J. A., Lomax, R. T., Howard, W., Perkins, P., Richardson, J., Reid, A. [...] Thomas, L. (1939) You Must Be Born Again. Raiford, Florida, June 4. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Lomax, John A, et al. You Must Be Born Again. Raiford, Florida, June 4, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.