vrijdag 24 mei 2013

Sweet Thing (1941) / Liefste (Ik schrijf je een brief) (1964)


"Sweet Thing" was written by Walter Callahan
Recorded on April 27, 1941 by the Callahan Brothers at the Biggs Studio, Dallas, TX
Walter Callahan [vcl/gt]
Homer Callahan [gt],
Paul Buskirk [mandolin],
? [string bass]

Released on Decca 5952 (Matrix 93687)

Callahan Brothers

Praguefrank's Country Discography 2: Callahan Brothers

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(c) Cowboy Copas 1946 - "Sweet Thing"
Recorded ca August 1946 King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Ave., Cincinnati, OH –
Cowboy Copas (Producer: Syd Nathan)
Matrix K2074
Released in 1946 on King 630 (78) and released in 1961 on King 5571 (45)

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On the original label of the Callahan Brothers label credits read: WALTER CALLAHAN, but on the label of Cowboy Copas and on the labels of all the following versions it says composed by BUDDY STARCHER ????
Whereas on the Osborne Brothers release credit is given to RUFUS BRIDEY ???? 
In 1933 Whistlin Rufus (=Rufus Bridey) recorded "Sweet Thing" for the Bluebird-label, but that is a totally different song:

Victor matrix BS-77307. Sweet thing / Whistlin’ Rufus - Discography of American Historical Recordings



Listen to samples here:

http://www.muziekweb.nl/Link/M00000146260/POPULAR

http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Thing/dp/B001U9D9V2



(c) The Original Arthur Smith and His Dixie-Liners (1947) ("Sweet Thing")
Recorded October 10,  1947 at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood 38, CA
Matrix 2309
Released on Capitol 40086

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/40086us

http://countrydiscography.blogspot.nl/2010/05/fiddlin-arthur-smith.html

Sweet Thing : Buddy Starcher : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

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(c) T Texas Tyler 1948 ("Sweet Thing")
Recorded ca. December 1947 poss. Associated Studio, 305 S. Fairoaks Ave., Pasadena, CA -
T. Texas Tyler (T.Texas Tyler [vcl/gt], Porky Freeman [ld gt], Roy Wiggins [steel], ? [bass], Reuben Daniel Alguire [trumpet])
Matrix 1713
Released on 4 Star 1228

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(c) Stanley Brothers 1959 ("Sweet Thing")
Carter Stanley [vcl/gt], Ralph Stanley [vcl/banjo], Bill Napier [mandolin], George Shuffler [bass]
Recorded September 15, 1959 King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Ave., Cincinnati, OH -
Matrix K4344 
Released in 1960 on the album "The Stanley Brothers Sing Everybody's Country Favorites"  (King KS-690)

http://www.ibiblio.org/hillwilliam/BGdiscography/?v=fullrecord&albumid=58

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(c) Trini Lopez (1959)
Recorded September 25, 1959 at the King studio in Cincinnati
Matrix K4375)
Released in the first week of 1960 on King 5304.

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http://www.45cat.com/record/455304

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(c) Reno & Smiley 1961 ("Sweet Thing")
Don Reno [vcl/banjo], Red Smiley [vcl/rh gt], Steve Chapman [el gt], Ronnie Reno [mandolin], Ray Pennington [drums], Mack Magaha [fiddle/percussion])
Recorded 24 April 1961 King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Ave., Cincinnati, OH –
Matrix K10765
Released on the album "Reno & Smiley (King LP-794) (withdrawn shortly after release)
Than rereleased on the album "Variety Show" (King KS-932)

Reno And Smiley - Reno & Smiley's Variety Show (Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono) | Discogs

http://countrydiscography.blogspot.nl/2011/02/reno-smiley.html

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(c) Osborne Brothers(1963) ("Sweet Thing")
Instruments: Sonny Osborne-bj; Bob Osborne-m; Grady Martin-g; Benny Birchfield-g; Jerry Byrd-bs; Willie Ackerman-drums
Vocals: Sonny. Osborne, Bob Osborne and Benny Birchfield
Recorded January 11, 1963 Columbia Recording Studio B, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville 3, TN
Composer: (Rufus) Bridley   ????????
Master:63-XY-315
Released on the album "Cuttin' Grass - The Osborne Brothers Style"(MGM SE 4149)

The Osborne Brothers - Cuttin' Grass Osborne Brothers Style (Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress, Stereo) | Discogs

http://www.ibiblio.org/hillwilliam/BGdiscography/?v=fullrecord&albumid=250





(c) Rob de Nijs (1964) (as "Liefste (Ik schrijf je een brief)").
Dutch lyrics by Lodewijk Post (=Gerrit den Braber)
Released on the B-side of "Loop Naar De Maan" 

45cat - Rob de Nijs met The Lords - Loop Naar De Maan (Quando Vedrai La Mia Ragazza) / Liefste (Ik Schrijf Je Een Brief) (Sweet Thing) - Decca - Netherlands - AT 10 055

Rob de Nijs - Loop Naar De Maan / Liefste (Vinyl, 7", Single) | Discogs

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(c) Steve Young (1976) (as "Sweet Thing")
Released on the album "Renegade Picker")

Steve Young - Renegade Picker | Releases | Discogs

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(c) Bluegrass Blend (1979)

http://www.discogs.com/Bluegrass-Blend-Ramblin-Fever/release/2679473

http://www.ibiblio.org/hillwilliam/BGdiscography/?v=fullrecord&albumid=1438

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(c) The Lost Kentuckians (with Joe Meadows) (1981)                          

http://www.discogs.com/Lost-KentuckiansWith-Joe-Meadows-The-Lost-Kentuckians-With-Joe-Meadows/release/4504960

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(c) Dave Evans and River Bend (1984)

http://www.discogs.com/Dave-Evans-12-And-River-Bend-Bluegrass-Memories/release/3042319

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NOT to be confused with "Sweet Thing" on the next link, contrary to what is being said.

http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/R443A.html

And also NOT to be confused with "Sweet Thing" composed by Van Morrison (covered by ao Jeff Buckley and by The Waterboys, "Sweet Thing" composed by David Bowie, "Sweet Thing" composed by Chaka Khan (covered by Mary J Blige) or "Sweet Thing" composed by Mick Jagger.

And also NOT to be confused with "Sweet Thing" composed in 1926 by Ralph Williams, Herman Kahn and Joe Verges

Sweet Thing : Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive






dinsdag 21 mei 2013

Make Ready (1822) / Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho (1922) / Dance Cleopatra (1967)

"Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" (or alternatively "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho" or "Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho") is a well-known African-American spiritual.
The song is believed to have been composed by slaves in the first half of the nineteenth century. Some references suggest that it was copyrighted by Jay Roberts in 1865.
The lyrics allude to the biblical story of the Battle of Jericho, in which Joshua led the Israelites against Canaan (Joshua 6:15-21). However, like those of many other spirituals, the words may have had a hidden meaning alluding to eventual escape from slavery - in the case of this song,

Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

In 1882, the song was published in Jubilee Songs by M. G. Slayton
And in A Collection of Revival Hymns and Plantation Melodies by Marshall W. Taylor.
In this book it was titled "Make Ready".



A collection of revival hymns and plantation melodies : Taylor, Marshall W. (Marshall William), 1846-1887 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive


The first recorded version was in July 1922 by Harrod's Jubilee Singers, on Black Swan 2057-B.
Harrod's Jubilee Singers were an internationally acclaimed gospel quartet patterned after the famous ensemble formed during the 19th century at Fisk University. The group was led by tenor Archie Harrod, who also recorded as a solo comedian.
Harrod's Jubilee Singers consisted of:
Ruth Mays, soprano
Mathilde Walton, contralto 
Archie Harrod, tenor
John Woodward, bass
In July 1922 the group recorded six religious titles in New York for Harry Pace's Black Swan label.

http://rateyourmusic.com/label/black_swan_records

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The Black Swan-label went into swift decline through the end of 1922 and into 1923. It would declare bankruptcy before 1923 ended and in May, 1924 the recordings would be leased to Paramount.
The ORIGINAL version of "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho" was also re-released in 1924 on Paramount 12116.
Apparantly Jay Roberts was the name of the composer credits on this Paramount re-release.



(c) Paul Robeson (1925) (as "Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho")
With Lawrence Brown on the piano and vocals.
Recorded  on July 30, 1925 in Camden New Jersey.
It was released on Victor 19743.

Victor matrix BVE-33088. Joshua fit de battle ob Jericho / Lawrence Brown ; Paul Robeson - Discography of American Historical Recordings

78 RPM - Paul Robeson And Lawrence Brown - Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho / Bye And Bye - Victor - USA - 19743

Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho : Paul Robeson : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

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(c) Nazarene Congregational Church Choir (1926) (as "Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho")
Recorded November 20, 1926
Released Gennett 6004



Also released on Herschel Gold Seal 2016



and also on Herwin 92002, on Black Patti 8018, on Champion 15380
and on in England on Vocalion X-9964

Nazarene Congregational Church Choir Of Brooklyn - Joshua Fought De Battle Of Jericho / Bye And Bye (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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(c) Dixie Jubilee Singers (1928) (as "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho")
Recorded in May 31, 1928.
Released on Columbia 14329-D

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(c) W.C. Elkins and His Dextra Singers (1928) (as "Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho")
Recorded in December 1928 in Long Island City, NYC
Released on QRS R7068

W. C. Elkins & His Dextra Singers - Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho / A Wheel In A Wheel (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs



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(c) Clarence Williams Rhythm Kings (1935)

http://www.discogs.com/Clarence-Williams-And-Various-Rhythm-Kings-1935/release/3682353

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(c) The Delta Rhythm Boys (1940)
Recorded on December 16, 1940.
It was released on Decca 8522 and Decca 25019

The Delta Rhythm Boys - Dry Bones / Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

78 RPM - Delta Rhythm Boys - Dry Bones / Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho - Decca - USA - 25019

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And here are the Delta Rhythm Boys in 1959:





(c) Josh White (1944)  (as "Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho")
Recorded in 1944
Released on the Asch-label (Asch 358)

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Read the linernotes (scroll down on the next link)

http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1214403


Here's Josh White filmed for British television in 1965, including narrative fragments which seem to have been adapted from the autobiographical sections of The Josh White Song Book. This was near the end of Josh’s career, and, while he is playing well, he is obviously tired. Still, the selection of songs gives a good picture of his prime repertoire:
“Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” seems to have been a favorite song since childhood, based as it was on his namesake, and it remained a highlight of Josh’s concerts throughout his career. It was also one of his most characteristic guitar arrangements, with a fast, swinging rhythmic attack that was quite different from the playing of anyone else on the scene.




(c) Cozy Cole All Stars (1944) (as "Jericho")
Lammar Wright (trumpet)
Ray Conniff (trombone)
Ben Webster (tenor saxophone)
Johnny Guarnieri (piano)
Teddy Walters (guitar)
Billy Taylor (bass)
Cozy Cole (drums)
Recorded NYC, March 13, 1944
Released on Savoy 502.

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(c) Golden Gate Quartet (1946)
Recorded in June 1946.
It was released on Columbia 37833 (USA) as part of the album "Golden Gate Spirituals"

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http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1213380

And on Columbia D.C. 505 (UK)

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And here is the Golden Gate Quartett live in France, 1958





(c) Kid Ory (1946)
Recorded on October 16, 1946.
It was released on Columbia 37275

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(c) Sidney Bechet and His Blue Note Jazzmen (1949) (as "Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho")
Wild Bill Davison (cnt), Ray Diehl (tbn), Sidney Bechet (sop), Art Hodes (pno), Walter Page (bs), Wilmore "Slick" Jones (dms).
Recorded New York March 23 1949
Matrix BN358-0
Released on the Blue Note album: "Sidney Bechet and Wild Bill Davison Vol 2"

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Ralph Flanagan adapted it under the title "Joshua".

(c) Ralph Flanagan and His Orchestra
Recorded in New York City on March 1, 1950.
It was released by RCA Victor 20-3724





(c) Mahalia Jackson (1955)
With the Falls-Jones Ensemble: Mildred Falls, piano; Ralph Jones, organ; Clifton "Skeeter" Best, guitar; Walter Page, bass; Gordon "Specs" Powell, drums;
Recorded in New York City on Thursday November 3, 1955
Released on Columbia EP "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Columbia B 2072)

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And here's Gospel Queen Mahalia as she appeared in 1957 singing on the Nat King Cole show.





(c) Odetta (1957) (as "Joshua")

Odetta - Sings Ballads And Blues | Releases | Discogs

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(c) Laurie London tried her luck at another traditional after her Millionselling #1 US Hit "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands".
In 1958 her follow-up "Joshua" was a cover of "Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho".

Laurie London - Basin St Blues / Joshua (Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single) | Discogs

45cat - Laurie London - Joshua / I Gotta Robe - Capitol - USA - F 3973

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(c) Pete Seeger (1960)

http://www.discogs.com/Pete-Seeger-Folk-Song-For-Young-People/release/2300337

http://www.folkways.si.edu/pete-seeger/folk-songs-for-young-people/american-folk-childrens/music/album/smithsonian

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(c) Jimmie Rodgers (1960)

http://www.discogs.com/Jimmie-Rodgers-2-With-Joe-Reisman-And-His-Orchestra-And-Chorus-Joshua-Fit-The-Battle-O-Jericho-Just-/release/1718494

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(c) Jordanaires (1951)
Jordanaires = Bill Matthews, Warren M. Matthews, Robert T. Hubbard and Culley Holt
Recorded July 4, 1950 Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Ave. North, Nashville, TN–
Matrix 76628/NA 2185
Released on Decca 9-14589

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(c) Elvis Presley (" Joshua Fit The Battle")
Recorded by Elvis on Monday, 31 October 1960
Released on the album "His Hand In Mine" 

http://www.discogs.com/Elvis-Presley-His-Hand-In-Mine/release/4101884

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(c)  Grant Green (1963) (as"Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho")
Herbie Hancock (piano) Grant Green (guitar) Butch Warren (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) Garvin Masseaux (tambourine)
Recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 21, 1962
Released on "Feelin' the Spirit" (Blue Note Records BLP 4132).

http://www.discogs.com/Grant-Green-Feelin-The-Spirit/master/163287
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(c) Lonnie Donegan (1962)
Released on the album "Sing Hallelujah"

http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/lonnie_donegan/sing_hallelujah/

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(c) Jackie Wilson and Linda Hopkins (1963)

http://www.discogs.com/Jackie-Wilson-And-Linda-Hopkins-Shake-A-Hand/release/4365469

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(c) Clara Ward Singers (1959)

http://www.discogs.com/Clara-Ward-Gospel-Concert/release/3555941

Here are the Clara Ward Singers in Antibes, France during the 1962 Antibes Jazz Festival.
Geraldine Jones, lead. Mildred Means, soprano




(c) Weavers (1967)

http://www.discogs.com/Weavers-Pete-Seeger-Ronnie-Gilbert-Lee-Hays-And-Fred-Hellerman-The-Weavers-Songbag/release/3769457





(c) Prince Buster (1967) [as Dance Cleopatra hit in the Netherlands in '72]

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(c) Big Maybelle 1968

http://www.discogs.com/Big-Maybelle-The-Gospel-Soul-Of-Big-Maybelle/release/2692084

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(c) Les Humphries Singers 1970 on album "Rock My Soul" (Decca label)

http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~miz/lhs/DISCOGRAPHY/rockmy.html

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(c) Swingle Singers (1991) ("Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho")
Released on the album "Around The World - Folk Music".

http://www.discogs.com/Swingle-Singers-The-Around-The-World-Folk-Music-An-A-Cappela-Song-Collection/release/2572558

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(c) Cassandra Wilson (and Ron Carter) (1995) (as "Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho")
on album "Bob Belden's Shades of Blue"

Shades of Blue - Bob Belden | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

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(c) Tom Verlaine (2011)
Released on compilation: "Pioneers For A Cure - American Songs To Fight Cancer"

Songs | Pioneers for a Cure

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(c) Hugh Laurie (2011) (as "Battle Of Jericho")
Released on album "Let Them Talk" 






(c) And finally here's a very beautiful version from a group called "Amicitiae Vocis" from "Chile"






donderdag 16 mei 2013

On Top Of Old Smok(e)y (1925) / Little Mohee (1926) / Great Shining Light (1938) / Pizza Song (1961) / On Top Of Spaghetti (1963) / Ich geh' noch zur Schule (1963)


"On Top of Old Smoky" is a traditional folk song and a well-known ballad from the United States. As recorded by The Weavers, the song reached the pop music charts in 1951.
Their rendition (Decca 27515) became one of their biggest hits in 1951, when it became the number-two song for many weeks on the Billboard charts.

On Top of Old Smokey

Old Smoky may be a high mountain somewhere in the Ozarks or the central Appalachians, as the tune bears the stylistic hallmarks of the Scottish and Irish people who settled the region. Possibilities include Clingmans Dome, named "Smoky Dome" by local Scots-Irish inhabitants, but exactly which mountain it is may be lost to antiquity.
It is unclear when, where and by whom the song was first recorded. Pete Seeger modified a version that he learned in the Appalachians, writing new words and banjo music. He said that he thought that "certain verses go back to Elizabethan times." The sheet music for the song credited Seeger for "new words and music arrangement". The liner notes identify an early recording as the first, saying, "It was first recorded by George Reneau, "The Blind Musician of the Smoky Mountains," for Vocalion (Vo 15366) in 1925."

http://aln2.albumlinernotes.com/AFB_Vol_1.html
 
Cecil J. Sharp (1917) filed "Old Smoky" together with "Wagoner's Lad" (sung by Miss Memory Shelton at Alleghany, N.C., July 29, 1916), but that is in fact a different song with still another distinctive tune. They only share some floating verses.

http://archive.org/stream/englishfolk00camp#page/214/mode/2up

http://www.folklorist.org/song/On_Top_of_Old_Smokey


"Old Smoky" seems to be first collected in 1913 in North Carolina by Edward Perrow and then also published in his "Songs And Rhymes From The South" in the Journal of American Folklore 1915

http://archive.org/stream/journalofamefolk28ameruoft#page/158/mode/2up


The 2nd and 3rd verse in "On top Of Old Smoky" show a striking resemblance to the 1st and 2nd verse of  Ballad # 261B "The Young Man's Lamentation" from Douce Ballads 2 (between 1690 and 1696)

http://tinyurl.com/cpzag68

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The Young-man's Lamentation

His Passionate Complaint of his Unconstant Lover;
Together with his Resolution to leave her who scornfully slighted him.

To an Excellent New Tune, or, Over Hills and High Mountains
Licensed according to Order.



Meeting's a pleasure,
But parting's a grief,
An Unconstant Lover
Is worse than a Thief;
A Thief he can Rob me,
And take what I have,
But an Unconstant Lover
Will bring me to the Grave.



And here's the first recording:

(o) George Reneau "The Blind Musician of the Smoky Mountains" (1925) (as ""On Top Of Old Smoky"
Recorded in New York on October 15, 1925
Released on Vocalion (B 15366). 

George Reneau: A Discography

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As you can hear this ORIGINAL version has not the common melody as we know it from the hit-version of The Weavers.

Reneau recorded the number again two years later (June 15, 1927), as a duo with Lester McFarland, under the name the Collins Brothers.
Released on the B-side of Paramount 3040 as by the Collins Brothers

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And Broadway 8071 as by the Cramer Brothers.

On Top of Old Smokey : Cramer Bros. : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

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As you can hear this re-recorded version does use the common melody as we know it from the hit-version of The Weavers, which on his turn is clearly derived from the traditional "Little Mohee".

http://www.folklorist.org/song/The_Little_Mohee

Little Mohee, The [Laws H8]

Which in his turn has a connection with another traditional: -->"Indian Lass".

http://www.folklorist.org/song/The_Indian_Lass


On August 25, 1925 Kelly Harrell recorded a version of "Little Mohee" for Okeh.
Accompanied by Henry Whitter on harmonica and guitar.
This version wasn't issued.



(c) Flora Noles recorded "Little Mohee" on March 12, 1926 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Released on Okeh 45037.

OKeh matrix 9609. Little Mohee / Flora Noles - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Flora Noles - Little Mohee / Sailor Boy's Farewell (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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A soundfile of this one is still on my wishlist !



(c) Roe Brothers and Morrell (1927) (as "My Little Mohi")
Recorded March 28, 1927
Released on Columbia 15199-D

Roe Brothers - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad / My Little Mohi (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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http://www.amoeba.com/music-player.php?type=track&id=11251521



(c) Buell Kazee (1927)  (as "Little Mohee")
Buell Kazee: vocals en banjo; Carson Robison: guitar and whistling
Recorded in New York on April 21, 1927.
Released on the B-side of Brunswick 156

Buell Kazee - The Roving Cowboy / My Little Mohee (Shellac) at Discogs

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http://www.allmusic.com/album/mountain-frolic-mw0000783449



(c) Riley Puckett ( 1928)  (as "Little Maumee")
Recorded April 14, 1928, Atlanta, GA.
Released on Columbia 15277-D

Riley Puckett - Little Maumee / Breeze (Shellac, 78 RPM, 10") | Discogs

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(c) Ernest Stoneman and His Dixie Mountaineers (1928) (as "The Pretty Mohea")
Recorded November 22, 1928 in New York
Unissued
Released on "Ernest V. Stoneman Edison Recordings"

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(c) Bradley Kincaid ("Little Mohee")
Recorded on January 28, 1929
Released on Gennett 6856, on Supertone 9402 and on Champion 15731 (as by Dan Hughey)



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In the same year Kincaid also recorded "On Top Of Old Smoky".

(c) Bradley Kincaid (1929) ("On Top Of Old Smoky")
Recorded on October 4, 1929
Released on Gennett 7053, on Supertone 9566, Superior 2770, Montgomery Ward 4984

Bradley Kincaid - I Will Be All Smiles Tonight / On Top Of Old Smoky (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

Bradley Kincaid - Cindy / On Top Of Old Smoky (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs



And on Champion 16029 (as by Dan Hughey)

Dan Hughey - Charlie Brooks / On Top Of Old Smoky (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs



Listen here:  On Top of Old Smoky - Bradley Kincaid.mp3

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(c) Pie Plant Pete (= Claude Moye) (1934) (as "Little Mohee")
Recorded  Ovember 1, 1934
Released on Perfect 5-10-14 and Melotone 5-10-14 in 1935.

Pie Plant Pete - Little Mohee / The Lake Of Ponchatrain (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

Pie Plant Pete - Little Mohee / The Lake Of Ponchatrain (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs



(c) Hall Brothers (1937)
Recorded February 16, 1937 in Charlotte, NC.
Released on Bluebird 6843

Hall Brothers - 'Way Out There / Little Mo-Hee (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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In 1938 Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys recorded "The Great Shining Light"which cleverly used the "Little Mohee / On Top Of Old Smoky" tune.

Recorded on November 3, 1938 in Columbia, SC
Released on Okeh 04590

Roy Acuff And His Smoky Mountain Boys - That Beautiful Picture / The Great Shining Light (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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If the tune isn't original, even the words aren't.

On September 26, 1938 Herald Goodman and his Tennessee Valley Boys already recorded "The Great Shining Light" as the B-side of "New Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley".

Herald Goodman And His Tennessee Valley Boys - (New) Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley / The Great Shining Light (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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More cover-versions of "(On Top Of) Old Smoky":


Okeh Presents Burl Ives: the Wayfaring Stranger (Okeh K-3) issued in August, 1941 marked Ives’ recording debut. It comprised twelve songs, oddly, not including the eponymous “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” on four 10-inch 78s:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okeh_Presents_the_Wayfaring_Stranger

78 RPM - Burl Ives - The Wayfaring Stranger - OKeh - USA



"On Top Of Old Smoky" was on the B-side of Record #3, which had labelnumber Okeh 6317.



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The same recordings were rereleased on Columbia albumset C-103. On this set "On Top Of Old Smoky" was on the B-side of Record #3, which had labelnumber Columbia 36735.

78 RPM - Burl Ives - The Wayfaring Stranger - Columbia - USA



(c) Libby Holman (1942) (as "Old Smoky")
with Josh White on guitar
Recorded March 23, 1942 in New York, NY,

Libby Holman Accompanied By Josh White - Blues Till Dawn (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM, Album) | Discogs

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(c) Hally Wood with Pete Seeger (1944)  (as "On Top Of Old Smoky")
Recorded in May 1944 in New York for Lomax's radio ballad opera "The Martins and the Coys"

The Martins And The Coys (CD, Album) | Discogs

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=18700

Listen to a sample here (Song #13)

The Ballad Operas: The Martins & The Coys - Alan Lomax | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic




(c) In 1946 Burl Ives sang "(On Top Of Old) Smoky" in the movie "Smoky" along with several other traditional songs:





(c) Minnie Pearl with Pee Wee King and the Golden West Cowboys (1944)
Recorded in Aug/Sept 1946
Released on the B-side of King 590

78 RPM - Minnie Pearl With Pee Wee King And The Golden West Cowboys - In The Shadow Of The Pine / On Top Of Old Smoky - King - USA - 590



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(c) Bob Atcher (1948) (as "Old Smoky")
Recorded December 29, 1947 in Chicago, IL
Released on Columbia 20484

Bob Atcher - Old Smoky / The Hunters Of Kentucky (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM, Promo) | Discogs

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The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson 1951 had a Millionseller with their version arranged by Pete Seeger. It became Number 2 Hitsong in the USA for 8 Weeks. Only "How High The Moon" and "Too Young" prevented it from getting to the #1 spot.

(c) The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson (1951)
Recorded February 21, 1951
Released on Decca 27515

78 RPM - The Weavers And Terry Gilkyson - Across The Wide Missouri / On Top Of Old Smoky - Decca - USA - 27515

The Weavers And Terry Gilkyson - Across The Wide Missouri / On Top Of Old Smoky (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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After The Weavers hit the big time with this song, Burl Ives re-recorded "On Top of Old Smoky" (this time with the Percy Faith Orchestra and Chorus)

(c) Percy Faith and his Orchestra and Chorus with Burl Ives (1951)
Recorded March 22, 1951 in New York
Released on Columbia 39328

Percy Faith And His Orchestra And Chorus - On Top Of Old Smoky / The Syncopated Clock (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM, Single) | Discogs

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Listen here to Burl Ives's cover-version:





Vaughn Monroe could not stay behind and recorded his cover for the RCA Victor-label

(c) Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra (1951)
Recorded March 16, 1951
Released on RCA Victor 20-4114

Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra - Shall We Dance / On Top Of Old Smoky (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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(c) Hank Williams performed this one in 1951 on Mother's Best Flour transcriptions




(c) Cisco Houston (1951) ("On Top Of Old Smoky")
Recorded around 1945/1946
Released on the next album

Lonesome Valley (Vinyl, 10") | Discogs

Lonesome Valley - A Collection of American Folk Music | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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(c) Eddy Christiani (1951) (as "Daar Ginds Bij Die Molen") 
Met koor en orkest o.l.v. Pi Scheffer
Released on Decca M 33182



(c) Pete Seeger (1957)
Released December 1957 on the album "American Favorite Ballads".

American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1 | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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(c) Elvis sang an excerpt of "On Top Of Old Smoky" in the movie Follow That Dream (1961)

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(c) Johnny and The Hurricanes (1961) (as "Old Smokie")
Released on Big Top 3076 (USA)
and London 45-HLX 9378 (UK) (# 12 Hit UK)

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(c) Connie Francis (1961)  (as "On Top Of Old Smokey")
Recorded August 8, 1961 in Nashville TN
Released September 1961 on the album "Connie Francis Sings Folk Song Favorites".

Vinyl Album - Connie Francis - Connie Francis Sings Folk Song Favorites - MGM - USA

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(c) Dick Biondi 1961 (as "The Pizza Song")

 In 1961 Chicago radio's living legend, Dick Biondi made this parody "On Top Of Old Smokey".
And two years later, the parody song "On Top Of Spaghetti" came out, which was basically a rip-off of Biondi's song.

http://www.45cat.com/record/6904

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and here's Tom Glazer's ripp-off:

(c) "On Top of Spaghetti" is a ballad and children's song written and originally performed by folk singer Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus in 1963. The song is sung to the tune of "On Top of Old Smoky". It is essentially the tale of a meatball that was lost when "somebody sneezed". The song discusses what happened to the meatball after it fell off of a pile of spaghetti and rolled away.
It was released on the Kapp-label (Kapp 526) and got to #14 in the US Charts.

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(c) Rijk de Gooyer (1963) (as "Een Bord Met Spaghetti")
Dutch lyrics by Pi Veriss (= Piet Visser)

Rijk de Gooyer - Een Bord Met Spaghetti (Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single) | Discogs

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In 1963 Little Eva, singer of "The Loco-Motion", recorded a version called "Old Smokey Locomotion", with lyrics describing how the residents of Old Smokey caught on to The Locomotion.

(c) Little Eva (1963) (as "Old Smokey Locomotion")

Little Eva - Old Smokey Locomotion / Just A Little Girl (Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single) | Discogs

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In Germany, the tune of the song was used as the chorus to singer Manuela's hit single "Ich geh' noch zur Schule" in 1963. (Nr 4 Hit Germany)

(c) Manuela (1963)  (as "Ich geh' noch zur Schule")
German lyrics by Christian Bruhn and Rudolf-Günter Loose)

Manuela - Ich Geh' Noch Zur Schule (Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single) | Discogs

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In Germany, the tune of the song was also used as the chorus to singer Ronny's hit single "Kein Gold Im Blue River" in 1964. (Nr 5 Hit Germany)

(c) Ronny (1964) (as "Kein Gold Im Blue River")
German lyrics by Johannes Jorge (=Hans Hee) and Wolf Hausmann (=Wolfgang Roloff)

Ronny - Kein Gold Im Blue River / Valeri, Valera (Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM) | Discogs

http://www.45cat.com/record/u55550

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(c) John Lennon sang a version as "Old Smoky Mountain" on his 31st Birthday on October 9, 1971 in Syracuse, NY, with Yoko, Phil Spector, Klaus Voorman, Allan Ginsberg, Jim Keltner, and ? (2:00)- LHAP JL31

BootlegZone : John Lennon -- 31st Birthday Party

John Lennon - St. Regis Hotel & Hotel Syracuse, New York (CD, Unofficial Release) | Discogs

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(c) ABBA sang a medley of "Pick A Bale Of Cotton/On Top Of Old Smokey/Midnight Special"
Recording began on May 6, 1975 at Glen Studio. It remains ABBA's only release of material not written by themselves, and was originally released on the 1975 German charity album "Stars Im Zeichen Eines Guten Sterns". In 1978, it featured (with a slight audio tweak, for many years mistakenly referred to as a 'remix') as the B-side of the "Summer Night City" single.

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(c) Bruce Springsteen performed this traditional song only once, during The River tour, on 25 Oct 1980 at the Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, in honor of Mount St. Helens eruption.

http://www.springsteenlyrics.com/lyrics/o/ontopofoldsmokey.php

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(c) Mickey Newbury (2011) (as "On Top Of Old Smokey")
Recorded around 1969/1970
Released on the album "Better Days"

Mickey Newbury - Better Days (Vinyl, LP, Album) | Discogs

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(c) In 2005 Roger McGuinn recorded "On Top Of Old Smokey" in the context of his Folk Den project

http://www.ibiblio.org/jimmy/folkden-wp/?p=7030

Listen here to Roger's cover.

http://ibiblio.org/jimmy/folkden/php/music/Smokey.mp3



zaterdag 11 mei 2013

Shorty George (1939) / He Was a Friend of Mine (1961) / Just a Hand to Hold (1965)

"He Was a Friend of Mine" is a traditional folk song in which the singer laments the death of a friend. In 1961 Rolf Cahn and Eric Von Schmidt cut the first version of "He Was A Friend Of Mine", (recorded by Bob Dylan the same year).
It was contained on the next album on the Folkways-label (FA 2417)

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But at the bottom of the liner-notes of the Folkways-album by Rolf Cahn and Eric Von Schmidt they mention this:

"He Was A Friend Of Mine", sung with the title "Shorty George" by Smith Casey, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Texas, 1939.

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW02417.pdf

And indeed Cahn and Von Schmidt's "He Was A Friend Of Mine" is an almost exact cover-version of Smith Casey's mesmerizing "Shorty George". Casey cut the song and ten others for John Lomax in 1939. Traditionally the Shorty George was the train that took convicts (and visitors) to and from the prison.

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Originally released on a 78rpm set in 1942.



Smith Casey / Little Brother - Untitled (Vinyl, 12", 78 RPM) | Discogs

In the late 1950s or early 1960s it was re-issued by the Library of Congress on the next album:

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Afro-American Blues and Game Songs
Library of Congress AFS L4:
The LP album  was accompanied by liner note booklet, packed with information about the recordings and the traditions they represented.
Edited by Alan Lomax, 1942. PDF, 10 pp.,

http://www.loc.gov/folklife/LP/AFS_L4_sm.pdf

Afro-American Blues And Game Songs (CD, Compilation, Reissue) | Discogs

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But already in February 1934 James Baker (Iron Head) recorded a version of "Shorty George", at Central State Farm, Sugarland, Texas, with a bit different melody, and with floating lyrics.

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http://www.loc.gov/folklife/LP/AFS_L53.pdf

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Leadbelly recorded the song on a number of occasions, also a bit different than the one Casey sang. He even sings: "Well-a Shorty George, he AIN'T no friend of mine"

Leadbelly King of the 12-String Guitar, Columbia Roots 'N' Blues 467893

Listen here to Leadbelly's version recorded on February 5, 1935 in New York City





Just to add some confusion, Sippie Wallace recorded a song by the same title which is UNRELATED to the versions above.

(-) Sippie Wallace (1923)
SHORTY GEORGE BLUES (Composers: GEORGE and HOCIEL THOMAS)
Recorded October 26, 1923
Matrix 08491=A 
Released on Okeh 8106A

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This one's also UNRELATED

(-) Tiny Franklin (1924)
SHORTY GEORGE BLUES (Composers: GEORGE and HOCIEL THOMAS)
Piano acc. by the composer George Thomas
Recorded December 10, 1923
Matrix G11696
Released on Gennett 5345

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More cover-versions of "Shorty George"/ "He Was A Friend Of Mine":

(c) Bob Dylan (1961)
Bob Dylan picked up the song from the Cahn/von Schmidt recording and made some changes to the song when he recorded it for his first album on November 20, 1961. However, Dylan's recording was not included in the album. That recording of the song eventually had its official issuance in 1991 on volume 1 of Columbia Records' Dylan Bootleg Series.

He Was A Friend Of Mine | The Official Bob Dylan Site

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(c) Dave Van Ronk (1963)

Dave Van Ronk - Folksinger (Vinyl, LP, Mono) | Discogs

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(c) Dian And The Greenbriar Boys 1963 (as "He Was A Friend")
(with an arrangement and lyrics by Hoyt Axton)

http://www.45cat.com/record/eksn45001us

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(c) Bobby Bare (1964)
(dedicated to  Jim Reeves who died in a plane-crash in 1964)

Bobby Bare - He Was A Friend Of Mine (Vinyl, 7", Single) | Discogs





(c) Byrds (1965)
(dedicated to John F Kennedy who was killed in 1963)

The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo) | Discogs





(c) The Byrds also performed the song during their appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 17, 1967, where band member David Crosby made controversial remarks alleging that Kennedy had not been killed by Lee Harvey Oswald alone, but was actually the victim of a U.S. Government conspiracy.





(c) Mark Spoelstra 1965 (Just A Hand To Hold)
Mark says he wrote it after he left Cambridge, when he was in Fresno
doing alternative service, in 1964.  It's partly influenced on the van Ronk
song, but with an entirely different theme, based on a true story.
And that story was contained in Broadside Magazine # 49:

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(The Grateful Dead (SEE THIRD VIDEO BELOW) commonly performed "He Was a Friend of Mine" during live concerts between 1966 and 1970, but their version was in fact based on the Mark Spoelstra song, "Just a Hand to Hold".
Recorded in 1965 by Mark Spoelstra on his LP Five And Twenty Questions.

Mark Spoelstra - Five & Twenty Questions (Vinyl, LP, Stereo) | Discogs

Grateful Dead Lyric And Song Finder

Here's Mark's version:





(c) Leaves (1966) (as "He Was a Friend of Mine")

The Leaves - Hey Joe (Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono) | Discogs

Listen here: The Leaves - YouTube



(c) Grateful Dead 1969) (SEE NOTES ABOVE ON THE MARK SPOELSTRA VIDEO)

Grateful Dead Lyric And Song Finder





(c) Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1998)
(in remembrance of "Sweet Pete")

Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Friends Of Mine (CD, HDCD, Album) | Discogs





(c) Cat Power (2005)
From a John Peel session in 2000

Bob Dylan | John Peel Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia





(c) Willie Nelson (2005)
(in movie: "Brokeback Mountain")






On the website Roots of the Grateful Dead the next song is mentioned as a possible precursor:
Ethel Ridley 1925
"He Was A Good Man (But He's Dead And Gone)"
Label: Ajax 17131
Recorded circa March 1925, New York City

http://www.taco.com/roots/songs_part2.html

And numerous more cover-versions

http://www.deaddisc.com/songs/He_Was_A_Friend_Of_Mine.htm


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Was_a_Friend_of_Mine/a>


Cover versions of Shorty George by Smith Casey | SecondHandSongs