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.