zaterdag 16 mei 2020

Lass of Loch Royal (1806) / Green Valley Waltz (1928) / Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet ? (1932)


"Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet" is generally considered to be a Southern folk song with roots in Child Ballad #76 (more specifically the "Lass of Loch Royal" variation)

https://mainlynorfolk.info/shirley.collins/songs/lordgregory.html

https://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/C076.html

http://members.chello.nl/r.vandijk2/


In 1927 Carl Sandburg also noted the connection of "Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot" with "The Lass of Roch Royal".  SEE: The American Songbag


"The Lass of Loch Royal" was already published in "The Book of Scottish Ballads" (1845)

SEE: https://archive.org/details/bookofscottishba00whit/page/n23/mode/2up

But even before that it was published in "The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border" (1829)

SEE:  https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn23/8060/80600435.23.pdf

But the earliest publication I found is in Robert Jamieson's "Popular Ballads and Songs"(1806)
https://archive.org/details/popularballadsa06jamigoog/page/n72/mode/2up

The Bodleian Library also consists of a sheet with those "Who Will Shoe My Bonnie Feet" line.

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/static/images/sheets/05000/04289.gif


But listening to various versions of "The Lass of Roch Royal" I think there is no musical connection  with the American traditional "Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot".

Peggy Seeger and Tom Paley sang both "The Lass of Loch Royal"and  "Who's Going to Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?" as title track of their 1964 Topic and Elektra album Who's Going to Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?
Peggy Seeger noted on both versions: "Here is an excellent example of how a ballad contributes to (or becomes) a song, or how elements of a ballad may be isolated out to become independent pieces. "The Lass of Roch Royal" hardly exists in full form any more in the United States, the present text being a collation of two North Carolina versions. They are the only ones I have found in print that even suggest the full story. It could hardly be affirmed that the shorter, lyrical piece is actually a fragment of the longer traditional ballad, as the verses they hold in common have now become ‘floater’ verses to be found in at least a dozen other songs".

https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/records/peggyseeger.html#whosgoingtoshoeyourprettylittlefoot


One of these other songs is "The Storms Are On The Ocean" sung by the Carter Family in 1928, which also contains the "Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Feet" lyric

SEE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM6RS2DMFLY





The first recorded version of this American traditional I found:

(o) McCartt Brothers and Patterson (1928) (as "Green Valley Waltz")
Recorded October 18, 1928 in Johnson City, TN
Released on Columbia 15454-D


























78 RPM - Mc Cartt Brothers And Patterson - Green Valley Waltz / Over The Sea Waltz - Columbia - USA - 15454-D

Mc Cartt Brothers And Patterson* - Green Valley Waltz / Over The Sea Waltz (Shellac) | Discogs

Columbia matrix W147242. Green Valley waltz / McCartt Brothers & Patterson - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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The first recording to use the familar title "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet ?" is by the Renfro Valley Boys in 1932


(c) Renfro Valley Boys (1932) (as "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet ?")
Recorded December 1931 in Grafton, WI
Released on Paramount 3321 and Broadway 8334

Praguefrank's Country Discography 2: Karl and Harty

Paramount 3000 series 78rpm numerical listing discography

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(c) Monroe Brothers (1936) (as "Little Red Shoes")
Recorded: February 17, 1936 in Charlotte, North Carolina
Released on Bluebird 6645


























Bluegrass Discography: Viewing full record for Little red shoes / New River train

Monroe Brothers - Little Red Shoes / New River Train (1936, Shellac) | Discogs

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(c) Hackberry Ramblers (1936) (Green Valley Waltz)
Recorded February 19, 1936 in New Orleans, LA.
Released on Bluebird B-2002

Hackberry Ramblers - Green Valley Waltz / Bring It Down To The Jailhouse, Honey (Shellac) | Discogs

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(c) Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston (1945) (Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet)
Woody Gutrie: lead vocal, guitar / Cisco Houston: harmony vocal
Recorded April 19, 1944
Matrix MA 27
Released as disc # 432-4 (part of the 4 disc album "American Folksay Ballads and Dances")


























78 RPM - Various Artists - Mule Skinner Blues (Work Blues) / 900 Miles (Railroad Song) - Asch - USA - 432

Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston - Cindy / Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet (1945, Shellac) | Discogs

https://archive.org/details/78_whos-gonna-shoe-your-pretty-little-feet_woody-guthrie-cisco-huston_gbia0087308b/Who's+Gonna+Shoe+Your+Pretty+Little+Feet+-+Woody+Guthrie.flac

Listen here: Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet - Woody Guthrie.mp3

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(c) Wayne Raney (1947) (Green Valley Waltz)
Wayne Raney (Alton Delmore [rh gt], Rabon Delmore [tenor gt])
Recorded October 1946 in Nashville, TN
Released on King 676

THE DELMORE BROTHERS - Complete sessionography

78 RPM - Wayne Raney - Fox Chase / Green Valley Waltz - King - USA - 676

Wayne Raney - Fox Chase/Green Valley Waltz (1946, Shellac) | Discogs

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(c) Patti Page (1951) (Who's Gonna Shoe My Pretty Little Feet)

Patti Page - Detour / Who's Gonna Shoe My Pretty Little Feet (1951, Vinyl) | Discogs

https://archive.org/details/78_whos-gonna-shoe-my-pretty-little-feet_patti-page-jack-rael_gbia0016680b

Listen here: Who's Gonna Shoe My Pretty Little Feet - Patti Page.mp3

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(c) Everly Brothers (1958) (Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet)

The Everly Brothers* - Songs Our Daddy Taught Us | Discogs

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(c) Kingston Trio (1960) (as "Who's Gonna Hold Her Hand")

https://www.discogs.com/The-Kingston-Trio-String-Along/release/7986238

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As I said above in 1964 Peggy Seeger and Tom Paley recorded both "Who's Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot" and its lyrical inspiration "The Lass of the Roch Royal".

(c) Peggy Seeger and Tom Paley (1964)  (Who's Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot)








(c) Blue Sky Boys (1966) (Who's Gonna Shoe My Pretty Little Feet)
Recorded May 17, 1965 in Hollywood, CA
Blue Sky Boys (Bill Bolick, Earl Bolick + unknown musicians)

The Blue Sky Boys* - Presenting The Blue Sky Boys (1966, Vinyl) | Discogs

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(c) Hootenanny Singers (1969) (as "Who's Gonna Hold Her Hand")

https://www.discogs.com/Hootenanny-Singers-Med-Bj%C3%B6rn-Ulvaeus-P%C3%A5-Tre-Man-Hand/release/3603119

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(c) Art Garfunkel (1997) (Who's Gonna Shoe My Pretty Little Feet)

Art Garfunkel - Songs From A Parent To A Child (1997, CD) | Discogs

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(c) Billie Joe Armstrong + Norah Jones (2013) (Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet)

Billie Joe* + Norah* - Foreverly | Releases | Discogs

"Foreverly" is a 2013 remake of The Everly Brother's album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" by Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones.

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More versions here:

Folk Music Index - Who to Wigz



The Carolina Tar Heels' "Who's Gonna Kiss Your Lips, Dear Darling" (1929) is sometimes considered a variant of "Green Valley Waltz"/"Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet ?" but apart from the "Who's Gonna Kiss Your Lips" line, there is no textual and on the whole no musical similarity.

It's more a variant of another traditional (SEE: ----Joop's Musical Flowers: Little Bunch Of Roses (1928) / Who's Gonna Kiss Your Lips, Dear Darling (1929) / Last Gold Dollar (1929) / Can't You Hear That Night Bird Crying (1936) / Rough And Rocky (1945) / Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky (1954)