donderdag 16 juli 2015
Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) ? (1899 / 1920)
"Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) ?" is an American spiritual likely composed by African-American slaves in the 19th century.
It was first published in William Eleazar Barton's 1899 Old Plantation Hymns.
SEE HERE: https://archive.org/stream/oldplantationhy00bartgoog#page/n44/mode/2up
The first recording I could find:
(o) Fisk University Jubilee Singers (1920)
[vg: Carl Barbour, tenor; Alfred T. Clarke, baritone; Theodore H. Moore, bass; James A. Myers, tenor; Mrs. James A. Myers, alto; unacc]
Recorded December 28, 1920 in NYC
Released on Columbia A3919
(c) Paul Robeson (1925) (as "Were you there? (When They Crucified My Lord)"
Piano accomp. Lawrence Brown.
Recorded July 27, 1925 in Camden NJ
Released on Victor 19742
(c) Pace Jubilee Singers (1927)
Vocal sextet; Katherine Simpson, solo vocal; acc. unknown.
Recorded March 5, 1927
Released on Black Patti 8012 and Gennett 6092
(c) Dame Clara Butt (1927)
Recorded April 8, 1927
Released on Columbia X340
(c) Rev D.C. Rice and Congregation (1930) ("Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?")
Recorded January 1930 in Chicago
Released on Vocalion 1520
(c) Famous Garland Jubilee Singers (1931) (as "Were You There")
Recorded March 19, 1931 in New York City.
Released on Banner 32174, Oriole 8061, Perfect 176 and Romeo 5061
(c) Uncle Dave Macon & Sam McGee (1931) (as "Was You There When They Took My Lord Away")
Recorded December 17, 1930 in Jackson, MS
Released on Okeh 45522
(c) Roland Hayes (1940)
Recorded around October 1939
Released in February 1940
(c) Wade Mainer (1939) (as "Were You There")
Recorded August 21, 1939 in Atlanta, GA
Released on Bluebird B-8273
(c) Belmont Silvertone Jubilee Singers 1939
Recorded November 9, 1939
Released on the B-side of Decca 7718
(c) Wings Over Jordan (1946) (as "Were You There")
Released in 1946 on the King /Queen label
(c) Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys (1949)
(as "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord")
Recorded January, 15 1949 Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Ave. North, Nashville, TN - Roy Acuff and His Smokey Mountain Boys (Roy Acuff [vcl], Brother Oswald Kirby [banjo/dobro/vcl], prob. Joseph Zinkan [bass], Tommy Magness [fiddle], Jimmy Riddle [harmonica]. Producer: Art Satherley)
Released on Columbia 20550
Listen to a sample here:
(c) Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Rosette Gospel Singers (and the James Roots Quartet) (1950)
Recorded December 12, 1949 in New York
Released on Decca 48136
(c) Soul Stirrers (1957) (as "Were You There")
Recorded April 1957 in Chicago. This was the final session of Sam Cooke, as lead singer of the Soul Stirrers. It could very well be his most stirring performance of a gospel song.
About 2 weeks after this session, Cooke send a six-song demo tape of pop songs to producer Bumps Blackwell, severing his ties to gospel.
(c) Harry Belafonte (1960)
(c) Johnny Cash (& The Carter Family) (1962)
(c) Diamanda Galás (1992)
(c) Aaron Neville (2000)
Released on the album Devotion.
(c) Willie Nelson (2003)
Performed at a 2003 tribute for Johnny Cash.
(c) Diamond Version (with Neil Tennant) (2014)
The song was also one of Mahatma Gandhi's favorites.