vrijdag 25 september 2015

(Everything's All Right) In My Father's House (1922) / There'll Be No Liars There (1927) / Come And Go With Me (1929) / There'll Be Joy Joy Joy (1934) / To My Father's House (1968)


Spiritual usually known as "In My Father's House", originally created by blacks during slavery.
"My father's house" could be a synonym for Africa.

A version of "In My Father's House" is printed in Carl Sandburg's 1927 American Songbag.


According to the Document-label the C & MA Colored Gospel Quintet was the first act to record the song in 1922,

(o) C and M A Colored Gospel Quintet (1922)  (as "Everything's All Right In My Father's House")
Released on the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle Record label.

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(c) Hickory Nuts (1927)  (as "There'll Be No Liars There")
Recorded September 24, 1927 in Winston-Salem, NC
Released on Okeh 45220

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Discography of OKeh Records, 1918-1934 - Ross Laird, Brian A. L. Rust

(c) Pace Jubilee Singers (1928)  (as "My Father's House)
Recorded February 20, 1928 in Chicago
Released on Gennett 6394 and on Superior 352 and on Bell 1176
Also as the Dixie Jubilee Singers on Champion 15473




(c) Four Wanderers (1929) (as "In My Father's House")
Recorded September 17, 1929 in New York.
Released on Victor 38545

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(c) Rev. Edward Clayborn (1929) (as "Come And Go With Me To My Father's House")
Recorded October 11, 1929
Released on the B-side of  "Your True Friend"  (Vocalion 1425)

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(c) Belt Sacred Quartet (1929) (as "Come And Go With Me")
Recorded October 21, 1929 in Dallas, TX
Released on Victor 23398

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(c) Bessemer Melody Boys (1930) (as "In My Father's House")
Recorded May 31, 1930 in Memphis, Tenn.
Released on Bluebird B5778


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(c) Brother Son Bonds 1934 (as "In My Father's House")
Recorded September 8, 1934 in Chicago
Released on Decca 7024

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(c) Carter Family 1934 (as "There'll Be Joy, Joy, Joy")
Recorded December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ
Released on Bluebird B-5911-A


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(c) Eagle Jubilee Four (1938)  (as "In My Father's House")

Released on Vocalion 04613


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(c) The Golden Trumpets (1956)  (as "Come And Go With Me")

45cat - The Golden Trumpets - Come And Go With Me / Plow Your Row To The End - Nashboro - USA - 45-576


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(c) The Imperial Gospel Singers (1958)
Recorded March 18, 1958
Released on Savoy 4097

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(c) Jimmy Jones and The Sensationals (1959)  (as "Come on and Go With Me")
Recorded ca. February 1959
Released on Savoy 4116


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(c) Sleepy John Estes (1962)  (as "In My Father's House")
Recorded April 22, 1962 in Chicago, IL
Released in 1998 on Testament Records



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(c) Harry Belafonte (1963)  (as "In My Father's House")
Recorded live at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on August 23, 1963


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In a complete new musical arrangement by Edwin Hawkins, the song was recorded by the Northern California State Youth Choir.
The Edwin Hawkins Singers began as The Northern California State Youth Choir of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. and was founded in 1967 by Hawkins and Betty Watson.
Members were aged 17–25. As was common in gospel circles they produced and distributed their own LP: "Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord", recorded live in 1967 at Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, California.

(c) Northern California State Youth Choir (1968) (as "To My Father's House")


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(c) The Edwin Hawkins Singers (1969)
The exact same recording was re-released under the banner of The Edwin Hawkins Singers.

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In Europe the song was picked up by the Les Humphries Singers. In 1970 their version catapulted to the Nr 1 position in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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(c) Etta James (1982)  (as "To My Father's House")


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Not to be confused with "In My Father's House (Are Many Mansions) written by Aileene Hanks in 1954 SEE: http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=14342

And also not to be confused with another traditional called "Come And Go With Me" recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary and yet another song called "Come And Go With Me", recorded by The Spirit Of Memphis.

donderdag 17 september 2015

He Never Said A Mumblin' Word / Crucifixion (1927) / He Just Hung His Head And Died (1927) / They Hung Him On A Cross (1945)

"And He Never Said a Mumblin' Word" (also known as "They Hung Him on a Cross", truncations to as little as "Mumblin' Word" and sometimes "Crucifixion" or "Easter") is an American spiritual folk song.
The song narrates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, detailing how he was nailed to the cross, "whopped up the hill", stabbed in the side, bowed his head and died, all the while keeping a dignified silence. Like all traditional music, the lyrics vary from version to version but maintain the same story.


The song's author and origins are unknown. It is noted in John and Alan Lomax's American Ballads and Folk Songs, published in 1934, that the song is known throughout Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee and was titled "Never Said a Mumbalin' Word."



However, the song originates back to when the United States endorsed slavery, assuming the song pre-dates 1865. It is known to be a companion piece to, and possibly holds the same author(s) as, "Were You There", another spiritual. (SEE: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2015/07/were-you-there-when-they-crucified-my.html)

(o) Roland Hayes 1927 ( as "Crucifixion")
Recorded May 4, 1927 (trial recording for the Victor label)

Eventually released but not until years later


(c) Roland Hayes 1939
In October 1939 Hayes again recorded the song. This time for the Columbia label
Released in February 1940 as part of a 78-rpm album titled "A Song Recital" by Roland Hayes (Columbia album set M-393)

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Hayes recorded it again in 1953 and published his arrangement of the song as part of the song cycle Life of Christ. Later performers also often credit his arrangement.


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(c) Norfolk Jubilee Quartette (as "He Just Hung His Head And Cried")
Recorded October 1927
Released in 1929 on Paramount 12734

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Folklorists John and Alan Lomax collected the song whilst on a visit to Camp C at Louisiana State Penetentiary in the 1933, where they also discovered blues musician, Lead Belly, who later recorded several versions of the song from 1945 onwards.
Recorded July 16-20, 1933 in Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, La.
Matrix 116-A-2
Vocals by Prison Blacksmith. (His version is mentioned in John and Alan Lomax's American Ballads and Folk Songs, published in 1934).

SEE HERE: American ballads & Folk Songs - Page 0588


On the same date and same location the song was also recorded by a Convict Group.
Matrix 117-A-2


(c) Golden Gate Quartet 1941 (as "He Never Said A Mumblin' Word")
Recorded December 3, 1941 in New York City
Released on Okeh 6529 and Columbia 30042

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(c) Lead Belly (1945)  (as "They Hung Him On A Cross")
According to Lead Belly, the song originated from "down south" and he claimed to have learned it from his mother, Sallie Brown.
At least three versions of the song are known to have been recorded by Lead Belly. His earliest version was recorded on February 15, 1945 as part of the Standard Oil Company-sponsored radio show Let it Shine on Me in San Francisco, California.
It was recorded as the final part of medley along with two other spiritual songs, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", featuring children singing along. The song was recorded under the title "They Hung Him on a Cross".

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(c) Lead Belly (1948)  (as "He Never Said a Mumblin' Word")
His final two recordings of the song, recorded during his last recording sessions ranging from September 27, 1948 to November 5, 1948 in New York with producer Frederic Ramsey, Jr., list the song as "He Never Said a Mumblin' Word."
An accapella version of the song and a solo acoustic version of the song were recorded and are featured on Smithsonian Folkways 1994 box set Lead Belly's Last Sessions.

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(c) The Jury (1989)  (as "They Hung Him On A Cross")
Members of American alternative rock bands Nirvana and the Screaming Trees formed a side project known as The Jury in 1989, featuring Kurt Cobain on vocals and guitar, Mark Lanegan on vocals, Krist Novoselic on bass and Mark Pickerel on drums. Over two days of recording sessions, on August 20 and 28, 1989, the band recorded four songs also performed by Lead Belly; "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?", an instrumental version of "Grey Goose", "Ain't It a Shame" and "They Hung Him on a Cross"; the latter of which featured Cobain solo.


Cobain was inspired to record the songs after receiving a copy of Lead Belly's Last Sessions' from friend Slim Moon, after which hearing it he "felt a connection to Leadbelly's almost physical expressions of longing and desire."

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(c) Marian Anderson (1951)  (as "Crucifixion")

Marian Anderson - Sings Eleven Great Spirituals (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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And here's some beautiful footage of Marian and Franz Rupp at the piano

(c) Josh White (1952) (as "He Never Said a Mumblin' Word")

Recorded in London March 15, 1951;
Josh White, voc, g; Chick Laval, g; Jack Fallon, b



Here's a version from 1956:

(c) Roger McGuinn 1996 (as "Easter")

Byrds founder Roger McGuinn recorded two versions of the song. In 1996, he made an mp3 quality recording available for free via his Folk Den website. On the website, McGuinn uses the title "Easter" (from the opening line "On Easter morn he rose").


Listen here: http://ibiblio.org/jimmy/folkden/php/music/Easter.mp3

maandag 7 september 2015

Ackabacka / Icka backa / Hooka Tooka / Green Green Rocky Road (1961)

"Green Rocky Road" is a song "written" (copyrighted) by Greenwich Village regulars Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman in 1961, but apparently has its origins in a black children’s folk song from Alabama.
In 1950 Harold Courlander, assisted by Ruby Pickens Tartt, recorded a group of children from Lilly's Chapel School in York, Alabama, singing this ring game song.

It was also contained on page 277 of Harold Courlander's songbook "Negro Folk Music U.S.A.", published in 1963 by Columbia Univ. Press,

"Negro Folk Music U.S.A."



Green, Green Rocky Road
Some Lady's green rocky road
Tell me who you love, rocky road
Tell me who you love, rocky road

Dear Miss Minnie your name's names been called
Come take a seat beside the wall
Give her a kiss & let her go
She'll never sit in that chair no more.

etc etc ...

Here are the liner-notes of that album


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The song was previously collected by Ruby Pickens Tartt in the 1930's


But a dance song, published in 1922 in Thomas W. Talley's "Negro Folk Rhymes", may have been the source of "Green Green Rocky Road"



In 1961 Dave Van Ronk was working with poet Robert Kaufman, who sang a song to him. Dave couldn't make anything of it, but Len Chandler made an arrangement of the song.
And it was on July 29, 1961 that Dave Van Ronk was singing "Green Green Rocky Road" in Riverside Church in New York. This was broadcast on WRVR in New York ("Saturday Of Folk Music").


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(c) Karen Dalton (1963) (as "Green Rocky Road")
Recorded March 1963 in Pine Street, Boulder, Colorado by Joe Loop;
Karen Dalton, voc, 12-str. g; bj;  Richard Tucker, g; Joe Loop. dr;
Probably the first recorded, officially released version of "Green Rocky Road", which she might have heard around 1961 while she was a Greenwich Village regular.


Sometime later "new" lyrics were added ("Hooka Tooka Soda Cracka") which is probably an adaptation of the UK children's counting out rhyme "Icka Backa Soda Cracker".

My mother, your mother live across the way.
Every night they have a fight and this is what they say:
'Icka backa soda cracker, icka backa boo.
Icka backa soda cracker, out goes you!'

(c) Goldcoast Singers (April 1963)  (as "Hooka Tooka")
Goldcoast Singers = Ed Rush and George Cromarty


(c) Judy Henske (1963)  (as "Hooka Tooka")
Henske's version has both the Hooka Tooka verses and the the Green Rocky Road verses.

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(c) Paul Clayton (July 1963)  (as "Green Rocky Road")


(c) Dave Van Ronk (1963)  (as "Green Rocky Road")

On the album "In The Tradition" (Prestige Folklore ‎– FL 14001). Recorded July 11, 1963. Notes dated "August 1963". First reviewed as New Album in Billboard on page 26 of the Dec 7, 1963 issue.
This was in fact Van Ronk's first officially released version.
This version doesn't contain the Hooka Tooka verse, which Dave did incorporate in later recorded versions.

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(c) Chubby Checker (October 1963)
Chubby Checker was smart enough to make his "own" arrangement of the song and  achieve a Top 20 US Hit. Checker's version has only the Hooka Tooka verses.
The other side of Chubby's 45 ("Loddy Lo") was also an arrangement of a children's song, which also became a US Top 20 Hit.


(c) Peter, Paul & Mary (1963)  (as "Rocky Road")
In 1963 Peter Yarrow and Noel (Paul) Stookey made their own arrangement of "Green Rocky Road" and included it on the In The Wind album.


(c) Casey Anderson (Nov 1963)  (as "Green Rocky Road")


(c) Terry Callier (1964)  (as "Promenade in Green")

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(c) Len Chandler (1964)
The "author's" version



(c) Jim Helms (1964)  (as "Hooka Tooka")
Released on the album 5-String Banjo Greats, Liberty LST 7357 


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(c) Kathy & Carol 1965


(c) Highwaymen (1965) (as "Green Rocky Road")


(c) Tim Hardin (1966)  (as "Green Rocky Road")



(c) Fred Neil (1966)  (as "Green Rocky Road")



(c) Rick Nelson (1967) (as "Promenade In Green")



(c) Arlo Guthrie (1967) (as "Motorcycle Song")

Arlo reworked the "Green Rocky Road" to his "Motorcycle Song".



(c) Oscar Isaac (2013)  (as "Green Green Rocky Road")

Oscar sang this version in the movie "Inside Llewyn Davis". The soundtrack features folk music by Dave Van Ronk, the Greenwich Village folk artist whose story served as the basis for the movie.

Here's a clip from the movie:

And here's the soundtrack version by Oscar Isaac.

A version by Dave Van Ronk is also included on the soundtrack of the movie.

(c) Emmylou Harris & Kate & Anna McGarrigle (2010)



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