donderdag 24 december 2015

Kennady I-O (1830's) / Canada-I-O (1830's) / Sailor And His True Love (1954) / Canadee-I-O (1963)



"Canada-I-O" is a traditional Canadian and English folk ballad. It is believed to have been written between 1813 and 1838

When her love goes to sea, a lady dresses as a sailor and joins (his or another's) ship's crew. When she is discovered, (the crew/her lover) determine to drown her. The captain saves her and they marry.

The song first showed up on a ballad-sheet dated between 1813 and 1838 and collected by Walter Newton Henry Harding in his Book Collector 11 (see Broadside Ballads Online from Bodleian Libraries)

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More sheets in the Harding collection, concerning this song:

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/view/sheet/7143

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/view/sheet/7142

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/view/sheet/11200

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/view/sheet/16455

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/view/sheet/25281

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/view/sheet/29783


Based on similarity of title, some connect this song with "Canaday-I-O"/ "Michigan-I-O"/ "Colley's Run I-O" [Laws C17].
(SEE http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2015/12/canaday-i-o-1855-buffalo-skinners-1873.html )

There is no connection in plot, however, and any common lyrics are probably the result of cross-fertilization. (MacEdward Leach in his 1965 songbook "Folk Ballads and Songs of the Lower Labrador Coast" has a report though, that "Canaday-I-O" was written in 1854 by Ephraim Braley from Charleston, Maine, using "Kennady I-O"/ "Canadee-I-O" as a pattern.)


Also according to Frank Kidson, "Canada-I-O" is a song which first appeared during the 18th century.

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S230690

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudBS/B193101

http://www.vwml.org/record/FK/13/145/2

http://media.vwml.org/images/web/FK/KID-05-145.jpg


In form, it is related to the Scots song "Caledonia"—versions of which were collected by Gavin Greig—although exactly which song came first is one of those ‘chicken and egg’ questions that so frequently beset folkmusic studies.

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S200813

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S200814

https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/caledonia.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada-I-O

https://mainlynorfolk.info/nic.jones/songs/canadeeio.html

https://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/HHH162.html



Here are some recordings:

(c) Willie McNeily 1953 as "Canadie-I-O"

Recorded May 1953 by Seamus Ennis in Kirkcudbrightshire

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S171310

http://folktrax-archive.org/menus/cassprogs/262.htm

http://www.folktrax-archive.org/menus/cassprogs/262galloway.htm



(c) Togo Crawford (1954)  (as "A Sailor And His Own True Love")
Recorded July 20, 1954 by Peter Kennedy in Mossdale, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S189373

Listen here at 9 minutes and 20 seconds in the soundfile on the next link:

http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Peter-Kennedy-Collection/025M-C0604X0668XX-0001V0



(c) Robert Cinnamond (1955) (as "Canada-I-O")
Recorded and interviewed in Belfast by Sean O Boyle in 1955.
Edited by Peter Kennedy and first published on Folktrax Cassettes 1975.

http://folktrax-archive.org/menus/cassprogs/159.htm

http://folktrax-archive.org/menus/cassprogs/159cinnamond3.htm

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S171311

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S200907



(c) Harry Upton (1963)  (as "Canadee-I-O")
Harry, a retired cowman, had learned "Canadee-I-O" from his father, a Downsland shepherd.
Recorded September 5, 1963 by Peter Kennedy in Balcombe, Sussex.
This recording was included in 2012 on the Topic anthology of songs by Southern English singers, "You Never Heard So Sweet (The Voice of the People Volume 21)"

https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/records/thevoiceofthepeople.html#vol21

http://folktrax-archive.org/menus/cassprogs/428weald.htm

http://folktrax-archive.org/menus/cassprogs/428.htm

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S339035

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Another recording made by Mike Yates (with Harry Upton singing) in 1974 was included in 1975 on the Topic collection of traditional songs from Sussex, "Sussex Harvest".

https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/records/sussexharvest.html

http://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S340341

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Or here:





(c) Nic Jones (1980)  (as "Canadee-I-O")

https://mainlynorfolk.info/nic.jones/records/penguineggs.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penguin_Eggs

http://www.discogs.com/Nic-Jones-Penguin-Eggs/release/2744949

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In 2001 Penguin Eggs was voted to 2nd place in the "Best Folk Album of all Time" by listeners of the Mike Harding show on BBC Radio 2. The opening track on this album, "Canadee-I-O" was also recorded by Bob Dylan and included on his 1992 album Good as I Been to You. Some critics have accused Dylan of stealing Jones' arrangements for this song without credit or offer of royalties. Others disagree, and believe the arrangements to be different. Another school of thought is that the arranger's copyright on recordings of traditional songs is little more than a legal fiction, allowing artists to receive mechanical royalty payments that would otherwise be kept by their recording labels.

Well, judge for yourself:


(c) Bob Dylan (1992)  (as "Canadee-I-O")

https://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/canadee-i-o

Listen here:



Or to a sample here:

http://www.juno.co.uk/miniflashplayer/SF444593-01-01-04.mp3



(c) Seven Nations (1995)

Listen here:

http://www.sevennations.com/track/595630/canadee-i-o?feature_id=98906

Or here:





(c) White Stripes (2010)  (as "Canadee-I-O")

On the live album "Under Great White Northern Lights, B-Shows")

http://www.45worlds.com/vinyl/album/tmr038

Listen here (at 11 minutes and 45 seconds in the next YT)





(c) 10.000 Maniacs (2015)  (as "Canadee-I-O")

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twice_Told_Tales_(album)

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maandag 14 december 2015

Canaday-I-O (1855) / Buffalo Skinners (1873) / Boggus Creek (1923) / Hills Of Mexico / Trail Of The Buffalo



Almost anything you want to know about Woody Guthrie's "Buffalo Skinners" and where it's derived from is on the next beautiful site:

http://www.justanothertune.com/html/buffaloskinners.html



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Trail_of_the_Buffalo

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=760



"The Buffalo Skinners" ("The Hills of Mexico") is a traditional American folk song. It tells the story of an 1873 buffalo hunt on the southern plains.
According to Fannie Eckstorm, 1873 is correct, as the year that professional buffalo hunters from Dodge City first entered the northern part of the Texas panhandle.
It is thought to be based on the song Canaday-I-O (NOT to be confused with Canada-I-O or Canadee-I-O : There is no connection in plot, however, and any common lyrics are probably the result of cross-fertilization). (SEE: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2015/12/kennady-i-o-1830s-canada-i-o-1830s.html

In 1914 Fannie met John Lomax at one of his lectures and pointed out to him that "Buffalo Skinners" was "only a variant of  'Canaday-I-O'" (Eckstorm/Smyth 1927, p. 21), an older local ballad about a group of lumberjacks and their exhausting trip to Canada.



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http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/LC17.html


The editor of the 1926 songbook "Songs and Ballads of the Maine Lumberjacks", Robert Palmer Gray, was given a fragment of the old song by Mrs. Fannie H. Eckstorm of Brewer, Maine, in 1914.
And in his book Palmer Gray mentions the link between "Canaday-I-O" and "Buffalo Skinners".

http://www.archive.org/stream/songsandballadso011106mbp#page/n65/mode/2up


In turn that old song was given to Mrs Eckstorm by Mr. J. Eldredge from Edinburgh (Howland) Maine, twenty years or more prior to 1914. It was then regarded as an old song, and Mrs. Eckstorm remembers having heard a verse or two of it in her childhood. She places the date of the ballad at about 1855. On the basis of these facts it could not be much later than 1859.
Henry W. Shoemaker in his 1919 book North Pennsylvania Minstrelsy, gives a somewhat fuller text, as sung by Leary Miller, Lick Run, Clinton County in 1901.
It is song #31 ( "The Jolly Lumbermen") on page 76-78 of the next link.

https://archive.org/stream/cu31924009790589#page/n81/mode/2up

https://archive.org/stream/cu31924009790589#page/n83/mode/2up


Only in the twenties Eckstorm managed to get hold of a complete text. It was sent to her by one Annie Marston who "had learned it in her youth". This set of lyrics was first printed in 1927 in her collection Minstrelsy of Maine (Eckstorm/Smyth 1927, p. 28/9):

    Come all ye jolly lumbermen, and listen to my song,
    But do not get discouraged, the length it is not long,
    Concerning of some lumbermen, who did agree to go
    To spend one pleasant winter up in Canada-I-O.

    It happened late one season in the fall of fifty-three,
    A preacher of the gospel one morning came to me;
    Says he, "My jolly fellow, how would you like to go
    To spend one pleasant winter up in Canada-I-O?"

    To him I quickly made reply, and unto him did say:
    "In going out to Canada depends upon the pay.
    If you will pay good wages, my passage to and fro,
    I think I'll go along with you to Canada-I-O."

    "Yes, we will pay good wages, and will pay your wages out,
    Provided you sign papers that you will stay the route;
    But if you do get homesick and swear that home you'll go
    We never can your passage pay from Canada-I-O."

    "And if you get dissatisfied and do not wish to stay,
    We do not wish to bind you, no, not one single day,
    You just refund the money we had to pay, you know,
    Then you can leave that bonny place called Canada-I-O.

    It was by his gift of flattery he enlisted quite a train,
    Some twenty-five or thirty, both well and able men;
    We had a pleasant journey o'er the road we had to go,
    Till we landed at Three Rivers, up in Canada-I-O.

    But there our joys were ended, and our sorrows did begin,
    Fields, Phillips and Norcross they then came marching in.
    They sent us all directions, some where I do not know,
    Among those jabbering Frenchmen up in Canada-I-O.

    After we had suffered there some eight or ten long weeks,
    We arrived at headquarters, up among the lakes;
    We thought we'd find a paradise, at least they told us so,
    God grant there may be no worse hell than Canada-I-O.

    To describe what we have suffered is past the art of man;
    But to give a fair description I will do the best I can;
    Our food the dogs would snarl at, our beds were on the snow,
    We suffered worse than murderers up in Canada-I-O.

    Our hearts were made of iron and our souls were cased with steel,
    The hardships of that winter could never make us yield;
    Fields, Phillips and Norcross they found their match, I know
    Among the boys that went from Maine to Canada-I-O.

    But now our lumbering is over and we are returning home,
    To greet our wives and sweethearts and never more to roam;
    To greet our friends and neighbors; we'll tell them not to go
    To that forsaken G---- D--- place called Canada-I-O.

This song is evidently the original of "The Buffalo Skinners" in Lomax's Cowboy Songs. Internal evidence places that ballad at about 1873. There was very little, if any, killing of buffalo for hides after 1876. In 1880 the buffalo were almost extinct.


 "Buffalo Skinners" was first published by "Jack" Thorp in his Songs of the Cowboys (1908, as "Buffalo Range", pp. 31-33). He only included a text but not a tune:

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http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/LB10A.html


"The Buffalo Skinners" then appeared in John Lomax's Cowboy Songs, and Other Frontier Ballads in 1910. The song tells of crew of men hired in Jacksboro, Texas to go buffalo hunting north of the Pease River.

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But then there's the rumour that "Buffalo Skinners" was derived from John B Freeman's "The Buffalo Song", which he seemingly wrote in 1877 while on a buffalo range in Fort Griffin.
In the summer of 1941 J Frank Dobie talked about it with John B Freeman and wrote down the results in his 1943 book "Backwoods To Border".

http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38306/m1/16/

http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38306/m1/17/

http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38306/m1/18/

http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38306/m1/19/

http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38306/m1/20/




In 1934 Pete Harris recorded a version of "Buffalo Skinners" for the Library Of Congress, that was released in 1976 on the next album

http://www.discogs.com/Various-Jack-O-Diamonds/release/3884037

http://www.wirz.de/music/flyright/grafik/265n4.pdf


(o) Pete Harris (1934) (as "Buffalo Skinners")

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(c) Bill Bender (The Happy Cowboy)  (1939)  (as "Buffalo Skinner")
Recorded ca. October, 1939, probably in New York, NY.
Released on Varsity 5144

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http://www.discogs.com/Bill-Bender-The-Happy-Cowboy-Lane-County-Bachelor-The-Buffalo-Skinner/release/7086293

And on Asch 410-3.

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http://www.discogs.com/Country-Dance-Orchestra-Bill-Bender-I-Was-Born-Ten-Thousand-Years-Ago-Buffalo-Skinner/release/7404805

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(c) Woody Guthrie (1945) (as "Buffalo Skinners")
Recorded March 1945.
It was first released in 1946 on Struggle: Asch American Documentary, Vol. 1 (Asch 360 1-A, later Stinson 360, now SFW 40025

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Come all you old time cowboys
And listen to my song
Please do not grow weary
I'll not detain you long

Concerning some wild cowboys
Who did agree to go
Spend the summer pleasant
On the trail of the buffalo

I found myself in Griffin
In the spring of '83
When a well known famous drover
Come walking up to me

Said, "How do you do, young fellow
Well, how would you like to go
And spend the summer pleasant
On the trail of the buffalo?"

Well, I being out of work right then
To the drover I did say
"Going out on the buffalo road
Depends on the pay

If you will pay good wages
And transportation to and fro
I think I might go with you
On the hunt of the buffalo

Of course I'll pay good wages
And transportation too
If you will agree to work for me
Until the season's through

But if you do get homesick
And you try to run away
You will starve to death
Out on the trail and also lose your pay

Well with all his flattering talking
He signed up quite a train
Some 10 or 12 in number
Some able bodied men

Our trip it was a pleasant one
As we hit the Westward road
Until we crossed Old Boggy Creek
In Old New Mexico

There our pleasures ended
And our troubles all began
A lightening storm hit us
And made the cattle run

Got all full of stickers
From the cactus that did not grow
And the outlaws watching
To pick us off in the hills of Mexico

Well, our working season ended
And the drover would not pay
If you had not drunk too much
You are all in debt to me

But the cowboys never had heard
Such a thing as a bankrupt law
So we left that drover's bones to bleach
On the plains of the buffalo

As we see the town and the year ( Fort Griffin in '83) mentioned in Woody's version differs from the "Buffalo Skinners" version notated by Lomax (Jacksboro in '73).
In fact Woody's version might be an amalgation of Lomax's "Buffalo Skinners" and another variant published by W.P. Webb in 1923 as "Boggus Creek".
In "Boggus Creek" a group of cowboys are hired in '83 at the now abandoned cowtown at Fort Griffin, Texas, to work cattle in New Mexico.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/ame/cig/cig10.htm

http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/ballads/LB10B.html

http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67662/m1/203/

http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38309/m1/55/




In early September 1938 Alan Lomax spent a day recording in Traverse City. Acting on a tip that Lautner’s Place on Union Street was a hangout for sailors and lumberjacks, he recorded seven discs of lumbermen songs and Irish songs in the tavern.

Lomax's recording of “Michigan‐I‐O” that year is interesting for a number of reasons.

This song is based on the popular lumberman's song "Colley's Run I-O" (or "The Jolly Lumbermen") and uses the same tune.

http://www.vwml.org/roudnumber/640#record=39

https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200197227/

http://www.archive.org/stream/songsandballadso011106mbp#page/n67/mode/2up

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/michigan/ballads-songs%20-%200361.htm


It’s also closely related to the regional song “Canaday‐I‐O” and it stops just short of the dire ending in western epic in the same song family, “The Buffalo Skinners.” In that song, the cowboys who are tricked and robbed of their wages leave the company man’s “bones to bleach on the range of the buffalo.”

Similarly, “Michigan‐I‐O” chronicles the miserable disparity between the luxuries that the company agents promise prospective workers and the dreadful living conditions in the camps. In the song, the workers retaliate against the bosses and wreak their pent‐up frustrations at being robbed, cheated, and oppressed, a theme common enough in folk songs. It must have appealed not only to Lomax’s interest in song families, but also to his progressive political sensibilities.

In this recording of "Michigan I‐O", the 82‐year old Lester Wells, described in Alan's field notes as “another tough and intelligent oldster” sings a rousing version of the song he learned in the lumber camps during the 1880s.

“Michigan‐I‐O”, performed by Lester Wells, Traverse City, MI, Sept. 3, 1938. Alan Lomax Collection of Michigan and Wisconsin Recordings (AFC 1939/007, AFS 2303b), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress [4:16]

Listen here:

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/natlib/ihas/service/songinamerica/200197714/0001.mp3


A variant "Sung by Mr. Arthur Milloy, Ornemee, North Dakota" was included in Franz Rickaby's 1926 book "Ballads and Songs of the Shanty Boy"

Song #8 on  Page 41 and on Page 42.


Compare also a railroad man's song ("Way Out In Idaho"), known in the 1880's, printed by R.W Gordon in Adventure for October 20, 1923 (page 191).

http://www.archive.org/stream/songsandballadso011106mbp#page/n63/mode/2up


In 1938 Alan Lomax recorded Blaine Stubblefield performing this song for the Library Of Congress:

Listen here:

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/natlib/ihas/service/songinamerica/200197169/0001.mp3



http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/LB10A.html

http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/LC17.html




Another song related to "Buffalo Skinners" is "Following The Cow Trail" or "The Trail To Mexico" as it is titled in John a. Lomax's "Cowboy Songs and other Frontier Ballads" (1910)

http://www.archive.org/stream/cowboysongsother00lomauoft#page/132/mode/2up

http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/LB13.html

The first one to record this version seems to be Carl T. Sprague.

(c) Carl T. Sprague, "Following the Cow Trail"
Recorded August 5, 1925 in Camden NJ
Released August 1926 on Victor 20067.

http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800007411/BVE-33143-Following_the_cow_trail

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/cowboy-songs/010362.HTM

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This version was also recorded by Harry "Mac" McClintock in 1928 (as "The Trail To Mexico"), Jules Allen (1929)  (as "Cow Trail To Mexico"), Len Nash and his Country Boys (1929)  (as "The Trail To Mexico"), Massey Family (1933) (as "The Trail To Mexico"), The Texas Rangers (1935) (as "The Trail To Mexico"), Cass County Boys (1941)  (as "The Trail To Mexico"),  Pete Seeger (1954) (as "The Trail To Mexico")



More cover-versions in the "Canaday-I-O" / "Buffalo Skinners" song family:

(c) Paul Clayton (1958)  (as "Canaday")

Released in 1958 on the album "Timber-r-r. Lumberjack Folk Songs and Ballads" (Riverside label RLP 12-6480

http://www.wirz.de/music/clayton/grafik/r126484.jpg

http://www.wirz.de/music/claytfrm.htm

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(c) Johnny Cash (1964)  (as "New Mexico")
Recorded around 1955 and overdubbed on April 21, 1964
Released on the album "The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash"

http://www.discogs.com/Johnny-Cash-Original-Sun-Sound-Of-Johnny-Cash/release/3123043

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/johnny-cash/new-mexico.htm






(c) Roscoe Holcomb (1962) (as "The Hills Of Mexico")
Recorded in New York City, 1961.
Released on the album "The Music of Roscoe Holcomb and Wade Ward (Folkways FA 2362)

http://www.folkways.si.edu/roscoe-holcomb/hills-of-mexico/american-folk-old-time/music/track/smithsonian

Lyrics

When I was in Old Ford Worth in eighteen ninety three
Some old Mexican cowboy come stepping up to me,
Saying I'll hire you, young fellow, how would you like to go
To spend another season with me in Mexico

Lord, I had no employment and back to him did say
Tis according to you wages, according to your pay.
I will pay to you good wages, also to go home
If you spend another season with me in Mexico

Well, they sent along that old steamboat and back to home did go
How the bells they did ring and the whistles they did blow
How the bells they did ring and the whistles they did blow
In that God forsaken Fort Worth in the hills of Mexico.

Listen here:






(c) Bob Dylan (1961) / (1967)

The first known performance of this song was recorded in the East Orange, New Jersey home of Bob and Sidsel Gleason in early 1961. The tape was made by the Gleason’s son Kevin. This 1961 version was directly derived from Woody Guthrie's version.

http://www.bobdylanroots.com/buffalo.html

Trail Of The Buffalo 1

(Buffalo Skinners / Range Of The Buffalo / Hills Of Mexico)


recorded Feb. / Mar. 1961, East Orange, New Jersey

Feb/Mar 19611THE DYLAN'S ROOT
GWW THE DEMO TAPES 

Come 'round you old time cowboys and listen to my song
Please do not grow weary, i'll not detain you long
Concernin' some young cowboys who did agree to go
Spend the summer pleasantly on the trail of the buffalo.

Well, i found myself in Griffin in the year of '83
When a well known famous drover come a-walkin' up to me
Sayin', "How'd you do, young cowboy, how'd you like to go
Spend the summer pleasantly on the trail of the buffalo?''

Well, me bein' out of work right then to this drover I did say
"This goin' out on the buffalo range depends upon your pay
But if you pay good wages, transportation to and fro
Think i might go with you on the hunt of the buffalo.''

"Yes, i'll pay good wages an' transportation too
If you'll agree to work for me until the season's through
But if you do get homesick an' try to run away
You'll starve to death on the prairie and also lose your pay.''

Well, with all this flatterin' talking, he signed up quite a train
Some ten or twelve in number, some able-bodied men
Our trip it was a pleasant one as we hit the westward road
Until we head old Boggy Creek in old New Mexico.

Well, there our pleasures ended an' our troubles they begun
A lightnin' storm did hit us, made the cattle run
I got all full of stickers from cactus that did grow
Outlaws watchin' to pick us off on the hills of the buffalo.

Well, the working season ended but the drover would not pay
He said, "You went drunk too much, you're all in debt to me.''
But the cowboys never did hear of such a thing as a bankrupt law
So we left that drover's bones to bleach on the hills of the buffalo. 

Listen here:




Dylan's second version was recorded while the tape was rolling by accident during the Basement Tapes period. Dylan tries to find the proper key – The Band, unfamiliar with the song, straggles in after a few minutes. After the song winds down, Dylan asks Garth not to waste tape on it.

http://www.bobdylan.com/us/news/basement-tapes-track-track

Trail Of The Buffalo 2 (incomplete)


recorded, June / October 1967, Big Pink, West Saugerties, NY

June/Oct 19672THE GENUINE BASEMENT TAPES Vol. 1-2 


T'was in the town of Griffin in the year of '65
A well-known famous villain stepped up to me and tied
Sayin', "How d'you do, young cowboy and how d'ya like to go
Spend the summer pleasantly in the hills of Mexico?''

Well, me bein' out of work right then to this drover I did say
"Well, this goin' out on the buffalo range depends upon your pay
But if you pay good wages, transportation to and fro
I think I might go with you to the hills of Mexico.''

Well, we crossed the Laughtin river, boys, our troubles they begun
Lightning flashed like hell-fire and made the cattle run
I [.........................]  sun is as hot as snow
Comanches a-waitin' to pick us off on the hills of Mexico.

Listen here:




http://danielmartin.pagesperso-orange.fr/Dylan/html/songs/T/TrailOfTheBuffalo.html


During his Never Ending Tour performed "On The Trail Of The Buffalo" many times.

https://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/trail-buffalo



More versions here;

  • Hermes Nye Texas Folk Songs (1955, Folkways FW 02128)
  • Ed McCurdy Songs of the Old West (1956, Elektra EKL 112)
  • Raphael Boguslav Songs From A Village Garret (1956, Riverside RLP 12-638)
  • John A. Lomax, Jr.[11] Sings American Folk Songs (1956, Folkways FW 03508)
  • Pete Seeger At first on American Industrial Ballads (1956, Folkways SW 40058) and then on American Favourite Ballads, Vol. 5 (1962, Folkways SW 40154; this is an abbreviated version with five verses, the lyrics are from Lomax' original "Buffalo Skinners", the melody and accompaniment are closer to Woody Guthrie)






  • Cisco Houston Sings the Songs of Woody Guthrie (1961, Vanguard VRS 9089) and later on Folk Song and Minstrelsy (1963, Vanguard RL-7624)






  • Carl Sandburg Cowboy Songs and Negro Spirituals (1962, Decca DL 9105)

  • Jim Kweskin Relax Your Mind (1965, Vanguard VSD-79188)



  • Slim Critchlow Cowboy Songs: The Crooked Trail To Holbrook (1969, Arhoolie 479; includes also "John Garner's Trail Herd" and "The Crooked Trail To Holbrooke"; recorded 1957-63)











donderdag 5 november 2015

Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1912) / Can The Circle Be Unbroken (1935)


"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" is a popular Christian hymn written in 1905 by Ada Ruth Habershon with music in 1907 by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel .

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/w/i/l/willthec.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_the_Circle_Be_Unbroken%3F

http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/R635.html


In 1905, Charles McCallon Alexander and Reuben Archer Torrey toured the United Kingdom, During the 1905 Torrey-Alexander Mission, Charles Alexander asked Habershon to write some Gospel songs; within a year, she supplied him with 200.

Back in the USA, Charles Alexander asked Charles Gabriel to write music to Habershon's hymn.

"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" was subsequently contained in "Alexander's Gospel Songs" compiled by Charles Alexander and published in 1910 by the Fleming H. Revell Company.

https://archive.org/stream/alexandersgospel00alex#page/n0/mode/2up

https://archive.org/stream/alexandersgospel00alex#page/n3/mode/2up

"Will The Circle Be Unbroken" is song # 28 in that book.

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The melody for this number is the same tune used for "Since I Laid My Burden Down" (a fixture at New Orleans "jazz" funerals). Two songs concerning death/funerals, one most common in white communities, the other among black folks, each with its own traditional instrumentation and arrangements ~ same tune.

"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" is often recorded unattributed and, because of its age, has lapsed into the public domain.


It was first recorded in England in 1911 by William McEwan.

William McEwan, born in Glasgow, Scotland, had learned the song while on a journey to America from 1908 to 1911.
(During this period he also had learned another song penned by Charles Gabriel: "His Eye Is On The Sparrow"--> SEE THERE.

When McEwan came back to England from his journey to America, he immediately recorded the song, amongst 24 other gospelsongs he had learned in the US.


(o) William McEwan (1912)
Recorded November 1911 in London
Released in 1912 on Columbia 1842 (UK)
Also released in 1913 on Columbia A 1364 (USA)

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http://www.discogs.com/William-McEwan-Will-The-Circle-Be-Unbroken/release/3373539

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In 1927 William McEwan recorded the song again. On 3rd June 1927 he boarded the SS Caronia in New York, bound for Plymouth. Presumably he completed his intended tour of Scotland and Wales during the summer before going back into the studio in London in August.

http://clydesburn.blogspot.nl/2011/12/part-six-story-of-william-macewan.html

His 2nd version was released in 1928 on Columbia 4570 (UK)
And released in 1929 on Columbia 1809-D (USA)

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(c) Rev. M.L. Gipson (1927)  (unissued)

Recorded circa September 1927, in Chicago, Illinois. Rev. M. L. Gipson with singing by his Sanctified Congregation; accompanied unknown, guitar. Paramount unissued, matrix: 4794-1.

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(c) Frank & James McCravy (1927)
Recorded December 1927.

http://www.honkingduck.com/discography/artist/frank_and_james_mccravy

Released on Brunswick 194 and Brunswick 3779

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(c) Bud Billings (=Frank Luther)  and Carson Robison (1928)
Recorded July 26, 1928 in New York.
Released on Victor 21586

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http://www.discogs.com/Bud-Billings-2-Carson-Robison-Will-The-Circle-Be-Unbroken-Youll-Never-Miss-Your-Mother-Till-Shes-Gon/release/7099228

http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800020604/BVE-46613-Will_the_circle_be_unbroken



(c) Rev. J.C. Burnett and his Quartet (1928)
Recorded November 24, 1928
Released on Columbia 14385-D

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In 1929 Rev. J.M. Gates used the melody in "Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You Anytime".

(c) Rev. J.M. Gates and Congregation (1929)
Recorded March 18, 1929 in Atlanta, GA
Released on Okeh 8716

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http://www.discogs.com/Rev-JM-Gates-Congregation-Why-Dont-You-Live-So-God-Can-Use-You-Anytime-You-Mother-Heart-Breakers/release/3399811

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(c) Silver Leaf Quartet Of Norfolk (1930)
Recorded March 5, 1930 in in New York City
Released on Okeh 8777, ARC 6-12-63 and Vocalion 04395

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http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5352

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Or to a sample here:

http://www.document-records.com/mp3/DOCD-5352/15685.mp3



(c) Dugald McNeill (1931)
Recorded October 1931
Released on Beltona 1460.

http://www.raretunes.org/performers/dugald-mcneill

Listen here:  http://media.raretunes.org/raretunesmcneilcircle_vbr.mp3



(c) Carter Family (1935)  (as "Can The Circle Be Unbroken")

 In 1935 AP Carter made his own arrangement of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", and re-titled it "Can The Circle Be Unbroken".
The Carters had acually recorded it for Victor in 1933, but the company didn't think enough of it to release it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can_the_Circle_Be_Unbroken_(By_and_By)

Recorded May 6, 1935 in the ARC Studios in New York.
A.P. Carter (voc), Maybelle Carter (voc, g), Sara Carter (voc, ah)
Released in July 1935 on the Conqueror label # 8529

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Also released on various other labels:
 Banner # 33465
 Melotone (Canadian) # 92043
 Oriole # 8484
 Romeo # 5484
 Perfect # 13155
 Melotone # M13432
 Vocalion # 03027

http://www.hankwilliamsdiscography.com/CarterFamily/StudSessions27-42.php

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(c) Monroe Brothers (1936)
Monroe Brothers (Charlie Monroe [vcl/gt], Bill Monroe [vcl/mandolin])
Recorded October 12, 1936 at the Hotel Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Released on Bluebird 6820 and Montgomery Ward 7142

http://www.discogs.com/Monroe-Brothers-The-Saints-Go-Marching-In-Will-The-Circle-Be-Unbroken/release/6117920

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(c) Rouse Brothers (1939)  (as "My Family Circle")

Recorded June 14, 1939 New York City -
Rouse Brothers; Ervin Rouse [vcl/fiddle], Gordon Rouse [vcl/gt], Jack Rouse [vcl]
Released on the B-side of "Orange Blossom Special" (Bluebird B-8218)

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(c) Muddy Waters (1942) (as "Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You")
Recorded probably at Clarksdale, Mississippi, possibly July 20-24 1942
Released on the CD The Coplete Plantation Recordings

http://www.discogs.com/Muddy-Waters-The-Complete-Plantation-Recordings/release/791563

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(c) Swan's Silvertone Singers (1946)
Recorded July 1946 in Cincinatti
Released on the Queen-label (#4143)

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After the Queen label was discontinued in 1947, it was reissued on the King label.

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http://singers.com/group/Swan-Silvertones/

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/4143

http://www.recordconnexion.nl/king1a.htm

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(c) Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
Recorded late 1956 or early 1957 Sun Studio, 706 Union Ave., Memphis, TN.
Jerry Lee Lewis (Roland Janes, Jay Brown, James Van Eaton.
Producer: Sam Phillips and Jack Clement)
Released in 1970 on the album "Sunday Down South"

http://www.discogs.com/Johnny-Cash-Jerry-Lee-Lewis-Sunday-Down-South/master/395228

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(c) Staple Singers (1960)

Released April 1960 on a 45: Vee Jay 885.

http://www.45cat.com/record/vj885

http://www.recordconnexion.nl/Vee-Jay/veejay885.htm

And on the album of the same name:

http://www.recordconnexion.nl/Vee-Jay/veejay5008.htm

http://www.discogs.com/Staple-Singers-Will-The-Circle-Be-Unbroken/release/4759282

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(c) John Lee Hooker (1974)
John Lee Hooker (v,g), Lefty Bates (g), poss. Roebuck "Pop" Staples (g), Quinn Wilson (b), Earl Phillips (d)
Recorded Jan. 4, 1961 - Chicago IL -
Released in 1974 on a 45 on the Dynasty-label # DST-4501
And on the album "In Person" (Dynasty-label #7301)

http://jlhvinyl.com/b-d.html#dynasty

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(c) Bob Dylan (1961)  (as "Will The Circle Be Unbroken")
Recorded May 2, 1961 at Bonnie Beecher's Appartment, Minneapolis, MN (or maybe some coffeehouse)
Bob Dylan vocal, guitar, harmonica.
Released on the bootleg "Minnesota Party Tape 1961"

http://www.bobsboots.com/CDs/cd-m28.html

http://www.bobdylanroots.com/1961.html

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(c) Bob Dylan and The Band (1967)
Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm
Recorded summer 1967 in Byrdcliffe or West Saugherties, NY

http://www.bobdylan.com/us/news/bob-dylans-basement-tapes-complete-bootleg-series-vol-11-set-november-4-release

http://theband.hiof.no/albums/bootleg_series_vol_11.html

Song #8 on Disc #6 of the Bootleg Series Vol. 11.
Listen to a sample on the next link:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-bootleg-series-vol-11-the-basement-tapes-complete-mw0002743637


Dylan also sang the song in 1975 in an allstar band.
K101-FM S.N.A.C.K. Benefit Concert Broadcast, Kezar Stadium, Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA, 03/23/75).
This was a one-day festival in aid of Bill Graham's S.N.A.C.K. (Students Need Athletics, Culture and Kicks) organization. Neil Young, with his regular sidemen Ben Keith and Tim Drummond, performed together with Bob Dylan, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm.

http://theband.hiof.no/albums/boot_snack.html

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In 1968 Johnny Cash sang a few lines from the chorus of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" in his #1 C&W hit "Daddy Sang Bass".

(c) Johhnny Cash (1968)  (incorporated in "Daddy Sang Bass")
Recorded July 30, 1968 in the Columbia Studios in Nashville.
with the Carter Family and the Statler Brothers on vocals and Carl and Luther Perkins on guitar

http://www.45cat.com/record/444689

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(c) Joan Baez (1968)
Recorded September 1968 in the CBS Studios in Nashville.
Released May 1969 on "David's Album"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David%27s_Album

http://www.discogs.com/Joan-Baez-Davids-Album/master/201452







(c) Pentangle (1971)
Recorded March 1971 in London
Released on the album "Reflection"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflection_(Pentangle_album)

http://www.discogs.com/Pentangle-Reflection/release/1001640

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(c) Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1972)
Recorded August 1971.
Released as the title-song of their 1972 concept-album "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_the_Circle_be_Unbroken_(Nitty_Gritty_Dirt_Band_album)

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Much later, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded two subsequent albums, Will the Circle Be Unbroken Volume Two (1989) and Will the Circle Be Unbroken Volume III (2002), in an attempt to repeat the process with other historically significant musicians.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_the_Circle_Be_Unbroken:_Volume_Two

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_the_Circle_Be_Unbroken,_Volume_III

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(c) Neville Brothers (1989)
Released on the album "Yellow Moon".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Moon

http://www.discogs.com/Neville-Brothers-Yellow-Moon/release/747166

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(c) Jeff Beck With The Kingdom Choir (2002)
On a tribute album to John Lee Hooker, who had recently passed away.

http://www.fleetwoodmac.net/penguin/albums/fromclarksdale.htm

http://www.allmusic.com/album/from-clarksdale-to-heaven-remembering-john-lee-hooker-mw0000224874

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A beautiful choral version was sung in the Bioshock Infinite HD game (2013)

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Much more versions here:

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=839

http://www.keeponliving.at/song/can_(will)_the_circle_be_unbroken.html

http://secondhandsongs.com/performance/53671/versions

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




As I said in the beginning of this post, most versions of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" use the same melody as "Since I Laid My Burden Down".

SEE:  http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2015/11/since-i-laid-my-burden-down-1928-when-i.html

But which song was the first one to use that common tune.
As we can hear in the ORIGINAL version by William McEwan, in the beginning of this post, that version uses a slightly different melody-line.
Around 1927 "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"and "Since I Laid My Burden Down" use the same tune.








Since I Laid My Burden Down (1928) / When I Lay My Burden Down (1929) / Glory, Glory (1948) / Gonna Lay My Burden Down (1954)



"Since I Laid My Burden Down" (also known as "When I Lay My Burden Down", "Glory, Glory", "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah" and other titles) is an American spiritual song, which has been recorded by many artists in a variety of genres, including folk, country, blues, rock, and gospel.
Its origins are obscure, but it probably originated in the United States during the late 19th century.

http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/ADR70.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glory,_Glory_(Lay_My_Burden_Down)

In 1925 the song was published (as song # 66 on page 53) in the gospelbook "Saint Helena Island Spirituals", compiled  by Nicholas George Julius Ballanta-Taylor
Published by G. Schirmer, Inc. New York.

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In 1926 the song was published as "When I Lay My Burden Down" and "Since I Laid My Burden Down" in Howard Odum's "Negro Workaday Songs".

https://archive.org/stream/negroworkadayson00odum#page/200/mode/2up

https://archive.org/stream/negroworkadayson00odum#page/201/mode/2up


The melody for this number (a fixture at New Orleans "jazz" funerals) is the same tune used for "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". Two songs concerning death/funerals, one most common in white communities, the other among black folks, each with its own traditional instrumentation and arrangements ~ same tune.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can_the_Circle_Be_Unbroken_(By_and_By)



The first known recording of "Since I Laid My Burden Down" is by
Elders McIntorsh and Edwards Sanctified Singers
Recorded in Chicago, December 4, 1928
Released on Okeh 8698)

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Or here:  http://aceterrier.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/99sinceilaidmyburdendown.mp3

This Memphis-based group was led by two of the elders of the Church of God in Christ, Lonnie McIntorsh (who also recorded on his own) and Edwards (about whom little is known). On this record they are joined by church members Bessie Johnson and Melinda Taylor. The lyrics are little more than a single phrase repeated over and over, but the quartet sings it with increasing passion and zeal, adding moans, hoots and hollers (“Glory!”) that make the record absolutely compelling.



(c) Blind Roosevelt Graves (1929)  (as "When I Lay My Burdens Down")
Blind Roosevelt Graves:Vocals & Guitar; Uaroy Graves:Vocals & Tamborine
Probably "Baby" Jay James:Cornet; Will Ezell:Piano
Recorded in Richmond, IN. Friday, September 20, 1929
Released on Paramount 12974

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Or here:

http://www.juneberry78s.com/sounds/mo14019t22.mp3



(c) Guitar Evangelist (Rev. Edward Clayborn) (as "When I Lay My Burden Down")
Recorded in Chicago on October 11, 1929
Released on Vocalion 1458

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Or here:

http://www.juneberry78s.com/sounds/14002-07.mp3



(c) Bessemer Sunset Four (1930)  (as "When I Lay My Burden Down")
Recorded in Atlanta on March 20, 1930
Released on Vocalion 1488

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(c) McCollum's Sanctified Singers (1930) (as "Glory Glory Hallelujah")
Recorded in Chicago in June 1930.
Matrix C5845-A-B
Released on Vocalion 1591

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(c) Plantation Singers (1939)  (as "Glory Glory Hallelujah")
Recorded December 1939
Released on the Varsity-label (6023)

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http://www.discogs.com/Plantation-Singers-Glory-Glory-Hallelujah-I-Wanna-Go-To-Heavn/release/4366208

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In 1940 Roy Acuff recorded "When I Lay My Burden Down" on the B-side of a song which had almost the same melody: "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". As if to show to AP Carter where he got the melody for "Will The Circle Be Unbroken".

(c) Roy Acuff & his Smoky Mountain Boys (1940)  (as "When I Lay My Burden Down")
Recorded April 11, 1940 Saginaw, TX -
Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys (Lonnie Wilson [gt], Brother Oswald Kirby [dobro/vcl], Rachel Veach [banjo/vcl], Jess Easterday [bass]. Producer: Art Satherley)
Matrix DAL 945-1 WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN Okeh 05587
Matrix DAL 947-1 WHEN I LAY MY BURDEN DOWN Okeh 05587

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(c) The Soul Stirrers (1949)  (as "Glory, Glory")
Recorded in Chicago December 21, 1948.
Released on the Aladdin label  #2027

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(c) Maddox Brothers and Rose (1954) (as "Gonna Lay My Burden Down").
Recorded between 1946 and 1951, mastered by Decca 26 August 1954.
Released in October 1954 on Decca 9-29279

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(c) Odetta (1956) (as "Glory, Glory")
Recorded in San Francisco, California, September 1956
It was released in 1956 on the album "Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues" on the Tradition-label.

http://www.discogs.com/Odetta-Sings-Ballads-And-Blues/release/1295585

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(c) Cat-Iron (=William Carradine) (1958) (as "When I Lay My Burden Down")
Recorded in Natchez, Mississippi, 1957.
Released 1958 the year William Carradine (Cat-Iron) actually laid his burden down.
This is his first and only recording on Folkways FA 2389

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(c) John Fahey (1960) (as "Lay My Burden Down")  
Recorded on April 15, 1960
  recorded  on the Fonotone-label (#612).
On this release he used the Blind Thomas moniker.

http://www.johnfahey.com/pages/fono2.html

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Listen to a sample on the next link: http://www.johnfahey.com/pages/fono.html



(c) Joey Dee & The Starliters (1962)  (as "Roly Poly")
"Glory Glory" was refashioned by Joey Dee & The Starliters into the thinly disguised "Roly Poly" in 1962 released on the Roulette record label.

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(c) The Big 3 (1964) (as "Glory, Glory")
Recorded March 1964 at the Gotham Studios in New York.
Released on the album: "Live at the Recording Studio"

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(c) Art Reynolds Singers (1966)  (as "Glory, Glory Hallelujah")
Released on the album "Tellin' It Like It Is".

http://www.discogs.com/Art-Reynolds-Singers-Tellin-It-Like-It-Is/release/2650935

This version most likely served as a blueprint for the 1970 version by The Byrds (who had also covered another song ("Jesus Is Just Allright") from the "Tellin' It Like It Is" album).

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(c) Mississippi John Hurt (1967) (as ""Since I've Laid My Burden Down")
Recorded in July 1964 in New York.
Released in 1967 on the "Immortal" album on the Vanguard-Label.

http://www.discogs.com/Mississippi-John-Hurt-The-Immortal-Mississippi-John-Hurt/release/2260244

http://www.keeponliving.at/artist/mississippi_john_hurt.html

http://www.wirz.de/music/hurtfrm.htm

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(c) Staple Singers (1967)  (as "Glory, Glory Hallelujah")
Recorded Autumn 1966.
Released on the album "Pray On".

http://www.discogs.com/Staple-Singers-Pray-On/release/3049845

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-Fred McDowell - "When I Lay My Burden Down"
-Furry Lewis - "When I Lay My Burden Down"
Fred McDowell's version recorded at Fred McDowell's home, Como, Mississippi, February, 1969.
Furry Lewis' version recorded at Walter "Furry" Lewis' home, Memphis, Tennessee, November, 1968.
Fred McDowell and Furry Lewis versions where both released on the next Biograph album
A version recorded by Robert Wilkins in 1960, was released as a bonus-track on the CD-release of the Biograph-album pictured below

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The Byrds recorded a version as "Glory, Glory" crediting Art Reynolds of whom they had covered "Jesus Is Just Allright" the previous year.

(c) The Byrds (1971)
Recorded January 17, 1971.
Released on Columbia 4-45440.

http://www.45cat.com/record/445440

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In 1973 Don Nix recorded a version of "When I Lay My Burden Down" with Furry Lewis. Their version was dedicated to Fred McDowell, who had passed away in 1972.

http://www.45cat.com/record/ena9083

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(c) Ike and Tina Turner (1974)  (as "Glory, Glory")

http://www.discogs.com/Ike-Tina-Turner-The-Gospel-According-To-Ike-And-Tina/release/2663849

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(c) Victoria Williams (2001)  (as "Since I've Laid My Burden Down")

Released on the album: "Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt"

http://www.discogs.com/Various-Avalon-Blues-A-Tribute-To-The-Music-Of-Mississippi-John-Hurt/release/5849254

Listen to a sample here:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/avalon-blues-a-tribute-to-the-music-of-mississippi-john-hurt-mw0000588234



(c) Jessie Mae Hemphill and Friends (2004)

Released on the album "Dare You to Do It Again" on the 219 Records label.

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(c) Dr. John with Mavis Staples and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (2004) as "Lay My Burden Down" Released on the album "N'Awlinz Dis, Dat, or D'Udda" on the Blue Note label.

http://www.discogs.com/Dr-John-NAwlinz-Dis-Dat-Or-DUdda/release/1013093

http://www.allmusic.com/album/nawlinz-dis-dat-or-dudda-mw0000330986/releases

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(c) Dave Matthews (2005)
Dave worked with this song for the "Because of Winn-Dixie" soundtrack, but it didn't end up on the final cut of the soundtrack.

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(c) Bobby McFerrin (live in London in 2013)





Finally I dug up another 3 versions from the 1942, 1949 and 1954.

(c) Turner Junior Johnson (1942)  (as "When I Lay My Burden Down")
Recorded By Alan Lomax for the Libray Of Congress on July 19, 1942 in Clarksdale, MS

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(c) The Golden Echoes (1949)  (as "When I Laid My Burden Down")
Recorded in Hollywood on April 5, 1949,
Released on the B-side of "When The Saints Go Marchin' In" (Specialty 331)
Their roster included co-leads Wilmer Broadnax and Paul Foster, tenor Eldridge Bostic, baritone Jimmy Copeland, and bass James Ricks.

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(c) The Lapsey Band (1954)  (as "When I Lay My Burden Down")
Recorded  on May 15, 1954 near Scotts Station, Alabama
Personnel:Robert Turner. trombone; David Turner, alto horn; Jack Wimes, bass horn; Edmund Cole. bas . drum; William Wimes. snare drum. George Herod, retired leader and cornet, was on hand for the session, but did not play.

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And I also found 3 interesting videos:

-Mississippi Fred McDowell - When I Lay My Burden Down




-Furry Lewis - When I lay my burden down




-Doc and Merle Watson at the Cambridge Folk Festival 1980






More versions here:

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=10311

http://secondhandsongs.com/work/12440/versions#nav-entity




NOT TO BE CONFUSED with another Original: "Say Brothers Will You Meet Us / Battle Hymn Of The Republic / John Brown's Body (sometimes called "Glory Glory Hallelujah")

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=5349



As I said in the beginning of this post, "Since I Laid My Burden Down" uses the same melody as most versions of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"

SEE: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2015/11/will-circle-be-unbroken-1912-can-circle.html

But which song was the first one to use that common tune.
As we can hear in William McEwan's 1912 version of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", in the link above, that version uses a slightly different melody-line.
Around 1927 "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"and "Since I Laid My Burden Down" use the same tune.