zondag 4 augustus 2013

Cowboy's Lament 1927 / Dying Cowboy (1927) / Streets of Laredo 1929

"Streets of Laredo" (Roud 23650), also known as the "Cowboy's Lament", is a famous American cowboy ballad in which a dying cowboy tells his story to a living one. Derived from the English folk song  "The Unfortunate Lad" , or "Unfortunate Rake" , it has become a folk music standard, and as such has been performed, recorded and adapted numerous times, with many variations. The title refers to the city of Laredo, Texas.


The first recorded version shares a melody with the British sea-song "Spanish Ladies".


Around 1941 Burl Ives set the lyrics of "Cowboy's Lament" to a tune that shares the melody with The Bard of Armagh. (SEE FURTHER BELOW)

“The Cowboy’s Lament” (also known as “Streets of Laredo”) is most often cited as "traditional," and it also has been credited to various authors. Today, most accept that, in 1876, Francis Henry Maynard (1853-1926) wrote an early version of the song, The Dying Cowboy.

In 1911 the lyrics of Maynard's version were published in the book "Rhymes of the Range and Trail"


In the book "Songs of the Cowboys" Jack Thorpe credits Troy Hale, Battle Creek, Nebraska, and says, "I first heard it sung in a bar-room at Wisner, Nebraska, about 1886


And in the book Folk-Songs of the South (1925) there are various versions


The first recorded version of "Cowboy's Lament" seems to be by Ewen Hail.
Recorded in New York, NY Thursday, March 31, 1927
Ewen Hail, v; acc. Bert Hirsch, f; Carson Robison, g
Matrix E-22204*/05
Released on Vocalion 5146, Supertone S2043 and Brunswick 141:

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This version has not yet the familiar tune we know from later versions.

Listen here:

The next version part of the songcluster http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/LB01.html  is also a bit different in melody but shares floating lyrics.

(c) Holland Puckett 1927 (as "Dying Cowboy")
This artist’s real name may be Hartsell Watson.
Holland Puckett, v; acc. own h-1/g.
Recorded in Richmond, IN c. April 1927
Matrix 12786
The Dying Cowboy
Released on various labels:

Gennett 6271 (as by Holland Puckett)

Here's the A-side

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Silvertone 5065, 25065, 8152 (as by Holland Puckett)

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Herwin 75557
Supertone 9253 as by Si Puckett.
Herwin 75557 as by Robert Howell.

Champion 15428 (as by Harvey Watson) (SEE PIC BELOW)

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Listen here to Holland Puckett / Harvey Watson's version from April 1927

(c) Vernon Dalhart 1927 (as "Cowboy's Lament")
Recorded July 12, 1927
Vernon Dalhart: vocals and harmonica
Carson Robison: guitar
Released on various labels: Banner 0531, Broadway 4099, Cameo 0131 and 8219, Conqueror 7467 and 7724, Jewel 5784 and 20048, Oriole 1783 and 8048, Pathe 32282, Perfect 12361, Regal 8922 and 9017 and 10017, Romeo 599 and 5048


(c) Harry "Mac" McClintock 1928
Recorded Marc 1, 1928
Released on Victor 21761

"Mac"* - Cowboy's Lament /Good0Bye Old Paint (Shellac) at Discogs

Victor matrix PBVE-42042. Cowboy's lament / Mac [i.e., Harry K. McClintock] - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) The Arkansas Woodchopper (1928)  (as "The Dying Cowboy')
Recorded December 6, 1928 in Dallas, TX
Released on Columbia 15463-D

Columbia matrix W147586. The dying cowboy / Arkie the Arkansas Woodchopper - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Listen here:

The Dying Cowboy : The Arkansas Woodchopper : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

(c) Vernon Dalhart 1929 (as "Cowboy's Lament")
Recorded January 22, 1929
Released on various labels

Columbia matrix 147875. The cowboy's lament / Vernon Dalhart - Discography of American Historical Recordings

In Canada on Sterling 283013: listen here:

(c) Bradley Kincaid 1929 (as "In the Streets of Laredo")
Recorded on January 28, 1929 in Richmond, Indiana.
Released on Gennett 6790 and Supertone 9404

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Listen here:

(c) Jules Allen (as "Cowboy's Lament")
Recorded April 8, 1929
Released on Victor 40178 (and Montgomery Ward M-4099)

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Listen here: honkingduck.com/mc/system/files/COWBOYS_LAMENT_0.MP3

Or to a sample :


(c) Dick Devall 1929 (as "Tom Sherman's Barroom")
            ------>  (another variant of "Cowboy's Lament")
Recorded October 13, 1929 in Dallas TX.

Listen here:

(c) Ken Maynard 1930 (as "Cowboy's Lament")
Recorded in Los Angeles on April 14, 1930.
Original issue Columbia 2310D

Listen here:

(c) Bud Kelly 1932 (This artist’s real name is believed to be Rex Kelly or Buck Nation).
Recorded January/February 1932 in Grafton WI
Released on Broadway 8323.

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(c) The Ranch Boys 1934 (as "Cowboy's Lament")
Recorded October 19, 1934 in Chicago, IL.
Released on Decca 5061

Listen here:

(c) Burl Ives 1941 (as "Cowboy's Lament")
Burl Ives version from 1941 may be the first version with the familiar tune:

Released on Okeh album K-3

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Listen here:

But that familiar tune in Burl Ives' version shares a melody with The Bard of Armagh

Here's a version by John McCormack in 1920.



All the following versions below, follow the "Bard Of Armagh" tune.
Over the years that version is best known under the title "Streets Of Laredo" and is one of the most famous cowboy-songs.

(c) Tom Glazer 1943 (as "Cowboy's Lament")
Recorded 1943
Released on 3-disc-album "America's Favorite Songs"
Label:  Disc 607


Listen to sample:


(c) Rex Allen 1955 (as "I'm a Young Cowboy")

(c) Ed McCurdy 1956 ("Cowboy's Lament")


Listen to a sample:


(c) Pete Seeger 1956 (as "Streets of Laredo")

Listen to a sample on the next link:


(c) Pete Seeger 1958 (as "Ballad of Sherman Wu")

The lyrics of Pete Seeger's "Ballad of Sherman Wu" are patterned after "Streets of Laredo'" and is set to the same tune. The song presages the American Civil Rights Movement and recounts the refusal of Northwestern University's Psi Upsilon fraternity to accept Sherman Wu because of his Chinese heritage. The song deliberately echoes "Streets of Laredo", beginning.

Listen to a sample on the next link:


(c) Roy Rogers & Dale Evans 1958

(c) Marty Robbins 1959 (as "Streets Of Laredo")

(c) Tex Ritter 1959 (as "Streets of Laredo")

(c) Jim Reeves 1961 (as "Streets of Laredo")

(c) Joan Baez (1960's) (as "Streets of Laredo")
On album "Very Early Joan" (with never previously released performances recorded during Baez concert tours 1961-1963)

(c) Kingston Trio 1962 (as "Laredo")

(c) Waylon Jennings 1964
Live at JD's

(c) Johnny Cash 1965 (as "Streets of Laredo")

(c) Hank Williams Jr 1965 (as "Streets of Laredo")

(c) in the movie "Bang The Drum Slowly" 1973 (with Robert de Niro)

The song plays a prominent role in the book and film Bang the Drum Slowly, in which a version of "Streets of Laredo" is sung. The words from the title replace the words "beat the drum slowly" from the lyrics of "Streets of Laredo". This in turn is the phrase used in the song "Bang the Drum Slowly" on the album Red Dirt Girl by Emmylou Harris.

(c) John Cale 1981 (as "Streets of Laredo")


Listen here:

(c) Prefab Sprout 2001 (as "Streets of Laredo)

And on the next link are also a lot of covers:


And song # 204 to # 210 on the next link:


This "Dying Cowboy" variation is NOT TO BE CONFUSED with another "Dying Cowboy" 
SEE: ----Joop's Musical Flowers: The Ocean Buried (1839) / The Ocean Burial (1850) / Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie (1907) / The Dying Cowboy (1910) / Oh Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie (1927) / O Bury Me Not In The Deep Deep Sea (1937)

And like "Cowboy's Lament" or "Streets of Laredo" there is another song that was derived from the English folk song "Unfortunate Rake": "Gamber's Blues" or "St James Infirmary"

SEE : http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2013/09/gamblers-blues-1927-st-james-infirmary.html

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