donderdag 5 november 2015

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.




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