zondag 13 oktober 2013

Sail Away Ladies (1927) / Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O (1957)

“Sail Away Ladies” is one of the most popular fiddle tunes of all time, and belongs to a family of tunes that also includes “Sally Ann”, “Great Big Taters in Sandy Land” or “Dineo”. Its popularity is also due to the lyrics that goes with the tune, with a refrain that repeat the phrase “Sail away ladies, sail away” or ” Don’t she rock day-dee-o”. Almost every fiddler and string band has the tune in his repertoire and it is very popular among folk singers also.
British skiffle singer Lonnie Donegan recorded it also under the name “Don’t you rock me Daddy-O”, making it a skiffle favorite in England in 1957.
A few years later it appeared on the set-list of the band The Quarrymen, out of Liverpool, who metamorphosed into the Beatles

For more detailed informations on the tune, see  Fiddler’s Companion

(o) Uncle Dave Macon and his Fruit-Jar Drinkers (1927)
New York (Brunswick studio): May 7, 1927
Vocalion 5155 (mx. E-4936)

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1 year earlier John L. “Uncle Bunt” Stephens had recorded an instrumental version of this tune with a slightly different title "Sail Away Lady"

Uncle Bunt Stephens (as "Sail Away Lady")
Recorded March 29, 1926 in New York
Released on Columbia 15071-D

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Uncle Bunt Stephens' version was also contained on Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music".
Originally released in 1952 as a quasi-legal set of three double-LPs and reissued several times since (with varying cover art), "The Anthology of American Folk Music" could well be the most influential document of the '50s folk revival.


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Yet another year earlier Fiddlin' John Carson sang "Sally Ann" which had the exact same tune as "Sail Away Ladies" and "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O".

Fiddlin John Carson 1925 (as "Sally Ann")
Recorded June 24, 1925
Released on Okeh 40419

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And the oldest version in this song-cluster I could find:
The Hill Billies 1925
Vocal: Al Hopkins
Released on Okeh 40336

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This version is still on my wish-list.

Here's a version recorded on October 22, 1926
Released on Brunswick 105 (group-name Al Hopkins and his Buckle Busters) and Vocalion 5019 (group-name Hill Billies)

More coverversions

(c) Wagoners 1956 (as "Sail Away Ladies")

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(c) Odetta 1957 ("Sail Away Ladies, Sail Away")



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(c) Vipers Skifle Group 1957 (as "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O") # 10 HIT UK

Their second single, "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O", produced by Martin, reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart in early 1957. Although the songwriting credits were given to Whyton, the song is a variant of the folk standard "Sail Away Ladies", as recorded by Uncle Dave Macon in 1927.

Released on Parlophone R 4261.

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The Vipers came into direct competition with Lonnie Donegan on the rival Pye label, who imitated Whyton's arrangements but had the bigger hits, both with "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O" and with its follow-up "Cumberland Gap".

(c)  Lonnie Donegan 1957 (as "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O") # 4 HIT UK
Released on Pye Nixa N 15080.

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(c) Peggy Seeger with Isla Cameron and Guy Carawan (1957) ("Sail Away Lady")
Released on the album "Origins of Skiffle"


Back before he became Britain's first successful independent record producer -- if not its quirkiest and most controversial -- Joe Meek engineered or produced countless sessions in the 1950s for established British labels like Peggy Seeger, Guy Carawan, and Isla Cameron's "Sail Away Lady".



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(c) Joan Baez 1959 (as "Sail Away Ladies")


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(c) Guy Carawan 1959 (as "Sail Away Ladies")

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(c) Kingston Trio 1960
Recorded May 26, 1959 (Guard, Shane, Reynolds)
"Oddly enough , the first track recorded at the sessions for the album "HERE WE GO AGAIN" never found a home on that album.
"Sail Away Ladies" was released on EP


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(c) New Lost City Ramblers 1963 (as "Sail Away Ladies")

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(c) Rooftop Singers 1964 (as "Sail Away Ladies")


(c) Holy Modal Rounders 1965 (as "Sail Away Ladies")


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(c) John Fahey 1966 (as "Sail Away Ladies")


(c) Harry Belafonte 1967 (as "Sail Away Ladies")


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(c) Leo Kottke 1969 (as "Sail Away Ladies")


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(c) Gerry Goffin 1973 ("Sail Away Ladies")
Released on the album "It Ain't Exactly Entertainment"



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(c) Roger McGuinn 1999 ("Sail Away Lady")
Recorded for his Folk-Den project


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(c) Roger McGuinn (& Odetta) 2001 ("Sail Away Lady")
In 2001 McGuinn recorded a version for the album "Treasures from the Folk Den"
Accompanied by Odetta on vocals.

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(c) Eric Bibb 2002 ("Sail Away Ladies")

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(c) Mike Seeger 2003 (as "Sail Away Ladies")

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(c) Van Dyke Parks 2006 ("Sail Away Lady")

In 1999 and 2001, producer Hal Willner, best known for his creative mixing and matching of talents on tributes to the likes of Thelonious Monk, Kurt Weill, and cartoon music composer Carl Stalling, curated three multi-artist concerts to pay tribute to Harry Smith's Anthologyof American Folk Music

The CD "The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisted" is a distillation of highlights from those shows, which were held in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and London.
It was released in 2006:


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