vrijdag 28 april 2017

All Round My Hat (early 18th Century) / The Three-Coloured Ribbon (1921) / The Death of Brugh (1922) / Farewell He (early 18th Century)

The song "All Around my Hat" (Roud 567 and 22518, Laws P31) is of nineteenth-century English origin. In an early version, dating from the 1820s, a Cockney costermonger vowed to be true to his fiancée, who had been sentenced to seven years' transportation to Australia for theft and to mourn his loss of her by wearing green willow sprigs in his hatband for "a twelve-month and a day," the willow being a traditional symbol of mourning.
The song was made famous by Steeleye Span in 1975 (incorporating another early 18th Century traditional "Farewell He")

All Around My Hat (song) - Wikipedia

mudcat.org: Origins: All Around My Hat

All Around My Hat (I)

All Around My Hat (Roud 22518)

Bodleian Ballad library, has a version of " All around my Hat", apparently the Cockney parody as "All around my hat, I vears a green villow" (published between 1813 and 1838).
The tune was given as "The (poor) fisherman's boy". 

Ballads Online

Another Cockney version in Bodleiean is dated between 1819 and 1844

Ballads Online

And here's a Cockney version in Bodleien which is not dated.

Ballads Online

There is also a political parody called "The Disappointed One", starting with the 'All around my Hat' verse, unfortunately not dated.

Ballads Online

The song "All around my hat" appears on several other Bodleian Ballad library images under the title "The Green Willow" (sometimes referring to a cap, not hat), but no tune is given in any of them

Ballads Online

Here's another sheet from the Library Of Congress.

All round my hat. Johnson, Song Publisher, No. 7 N. Tenth Street | Library of Congress

 In 1895 an influential version of "All Around My Hat" was printed in "A Garland of Country Song". collected by Sabine Baring-Gould and Henry Fleetwood Sheppard.
In the notes Fleetwood Sheppard says he mofified two or three of the original verses, because "there was no real humour in them, and the London dialect of that day is a thing of the past".

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library :: Sabine Baring-Gould Manuscript Collection SBG/1/8/12 All round my hat

Display Song

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library :: Roud Folksong Index S135745 All Round My Hat

(c) Mrs. R.W. Duncan (1943) (as "All Round My Hat")
Recorded August 23, 1943 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Recordist: Helen Creighton.

All Round My Hat (from DUNCAN, Mrs. R.W. of Dartmouth, Halifax County, Nova Scotia
First line of song: All round my hat I will wear the green willow...) — 23 August 1943 
Rec no. 398 Loc. no. AR 5068 AC 2234 MF no. 289.82

Nova Scotia Archives - Helen Creighton

All round my hat | Library of Congress

5 days later Helen Creighton recorded another version of this song with another singer:

(c) Dennis Smith (1943) (as "All Round My Hat")
Recorded August 28, 1943 in Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, Canada
Recordist: Helen Creighton.

All round my hat | Library of Congress

The same melody was also used for a song called "The Death Of Brugh", about the death in 1922 of Cathal Brugha. who was an Irish revolutionary and politician, active in the Easter Rising (1916).
In  1951 Alan Lomax collected a version in Ireland by Johnny McDonagh.

Death of Brugh, The

The World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Ireland

Anthologies - The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume III: England: Folk Music, etc. at theBalladeers

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In 1953 Helen Creighton was responsible for yet another recording "All 'Round My Hat"
In July of that year she recorded Mr. Neil O'Brien in Pictou, Nova Scotia

Maritime Folk Songs: from the Collection of Helen Creighton - Smithsonian Folkways

Here are the liner-notes (SEE PAGE 9)


(c) Neil O'Brien (1953)

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(c) Stanley Holloway (1954) (as "All Around My Hat")
In 1954 Stanley Holloway recorded the Cockney version of "All Around My Hat".

Songs and monologues of Stanley Holloway - Wikipedia

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Amazon.com: All Around My Hat: Stanley Holloway: MP3 Downloads

(c) John Langstaff (1956) (as "All 'Round My Hat")

John Langstaff - Sings American And English Folk Songs And Ballads (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Glenn Yarbrough (1957) (as "All Around My Hat")

Glenn Yarbrough - Come And Sit By My Side (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Diane Oxner (1961)  (as "All 'Round My Hat")

Oxner, Diane - Sings the Helen Creighton Collection of Traditional Folk Songs of Nova Scotia

Rereleased on the next Boxed Collection

Various - Canadian Folk Songs: A Centennial Collection (Box Set, LP) at Discogs

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In Ireland, Peadar Kearney adapted the song to make it relate to a Republican lass whose lover has died in the Easter Rising (1916), and who swears to wear the Irish tricolor in her hat in remembrance in "The Three-coloured Ribbon".
It was published in 1921.


In Seamus De Burca's book about Peader Kearney "The Soldier's Song", the first two verses and chorus of "The Three-coloured Ribbon" are printed as Declan had it (except that it has "to set Ireland free"), with a dedication of the song "To Eva" (Kearney's wife); and it's subtitled as "Easter Week Ballad". He probably wrote it, while he was interned in Ballykinlar, after the Rising.

So "The Tri-coloured Ribbon" has a strong connection with "The Death Of Brugh" (SEE ABOVE)

(c) Peg Clancy Power (1963) (as "The Tri-Coloured Ribbon")

(c) Wolfe Tones (1966)  (as "Three Coloured Ribbon")

Up The Rebels - Fontana release: the Wolfe Tones

(c) Peter Bellamy (1969)  (as "All Around My Hat")

Peter Bellamy: Mainly Norfolk / Fair England's Shore / The Fox Jumps Over the Parson's Gate

Vinyl Album - Peter Bellamy - Fair England's Shore - XTRA - UK

Peter Bellamy - Fair England's Shore (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Steeleye Span (1975) (as "All Around My Hat")

Top Five in the UK charts in 1975 the highest chart placing ever for a traditional song.
Steeleye Span's version also incorporated another traditional song ("Farewell He") which was also published in "A Garland Of Country Song" (SEE NEXT LINK)

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library :: Sabine Baring-Gould Manuscript Collection SBG/1/8/44 Farewell he

Fare Thee Well, Cold Winter / Farewell He/She (Roud 1034, 803)

But at the Bodleian Library there are still older versions:

"Farewell He" at the Bodleian Library collection:

Farewell he ("Its fare you well cold winter and fare you well cold frost ...")
Imprint: J. Ctanach [sic], Printer, 2, Monmouth-court (Date: between 1813 and 1838) Farewell he
SEE: Ballads Online

("Farewell, cold winter, and farewell cold frost ...")
Imprint: Printed for W. Armstrong, Banastre-street (Liverpool) (Date: between 1820 and 1824)
SEE: Ballads Online

Farewell he ("Farewell cold winter and farewell cold frost ...")
Imprint: C. Croshaw, Printer, Coppergate, York (Date: between 1814 and 1850)
SEE: Ballads Online

[Fare] thee well cold winter ("Oh, fare thee well cold winter ...")
Printer: [s.n.] ([s.l.]) Date: [s.a.]
SEE: Ballads Online

Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Status Quo and Maddy Prior (1996)  (as "All Around My Hat")
Quo and Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span had a Top 50 hit in the UK.

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vrijdag 21 april 2017

Cockles and Mussels (1876) / Molly Malone (1940)

NOT TO BE CONFUSED with another Molly Malone written in 1927 by George M. Cohan for his Broadway musical "The Merry Malones".

The Merry Malones – Broadway Musical – Original | IBDB

Molly Malone - Wikipedia

The song in this playlist was compiled and edited in 1883 by William H. Hills in "Student's Songs", published in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Moses King


It was also published by Francis Brothers and Day in London in 1884 as a work written and composed by James Yorkston, of Edinburgh, with music arranged by Edmund Forman.

But the earliest version of  "Cockles and Mussels" which has been traced to date was published firstly in Boston, Massachusetts, in a collection of college songs in 1876,
(Henry Randall Waite, Carmina Collegensia: A complete Collection of the Songs of the American Colleges, with Selections from the Student Songs of the English and German Universitys, Boston, Ditson, 1876, Part Third: Miscellaneous Songs and English and German Student Songs: page 73).


The first recording seems to be:

(o) Terence O'Brien (1927) (as "Cockles and Mussels")
Released on Parlophone E 3244


(c) Gray Gordon and his Tic-Toc Rhythm (1940) (as "Molly Malone")
Vocal: Art Perry
Recorded July 23, 1940 in New York
Released on Bluebird 10861

BLUEBIRD 78rpm numerical listing discography: 10500 - 11000

Dick Todd / Gray Gordon And His Tic-Toc Rhythm - You've Got Your Mother's Big Blue Eyes! / Molly Malone (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Maxine Sullivan (1940) (as "Molly Malone")
Recorded August 1, 1940
Released on Columbia 35710

Maxine Sullivan - Molly Malone (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Andrews Sisters (1940)  (as "Sweet Molly Malone)
Recorded September 5, 1940
Released on Decca 3440

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(c) Danny Kaye 1941
Recorded May 5, 1941
Released on Columbia 36194

Molly Malone : Danny Kaye : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Listen here: Molly Malone - Danny Kaye - Maurice Abravanel.mp3

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(c) Richard Dyer-Bennett (around 1944) (as "Molly Malone")

Released as record # 3B of a 3 10" 78RPM album on Stinson S-364

Richard Dyer-Bennet - Ballads By The 20th Century Minstrel (Shellac) at Discogs

(c) Marie McDonald (1944)
The first part of the song is sung by actress Marie McDonald in the 1944 movie Guest in the House. Her character arrives home rather drunk, carrying a basketful of live mussels from the nearby beach. Some seconds later she echoes her equally tipsy companion's lines while keeping the melody

The complete movie is here (she sings it at 54 min and 30 sec in th film)

(c) James Dunn (1945)

The song (sung by James Dunn) also appears in the 1945 movie A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and is quoted in the book of the same title by Betty Smith.

The complete movie is here (he sings it at about 40 minutes)

(c) Josh White (1947)  (as "Molly Malone")
Recorded December 10, 1945
Released as record # 24239 on 4 record set "Ballads and Blues Vol 2" (Decca A-611)

Foren / Alang / Sondersendung : Josh White - Schellackplatten Rundfunk - Musik ab 1900

Josh White - Ballads And Blues Volume II (Shellac, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Kate Smith (1946)
Recorded April 16, 1947
Released on Columbia 37136

sound recording: Where the River Shannon Flows; Molly Malone | National Museum of American History

(c) Burl Ives (1953)  (as "Molly Malone")
Recorded May 2, 1953 in New York
Released on Decca DL-5490

Burl Ives

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(c) Joni James (1959)

Joni James - Irish Favorites (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

LP Discography: Joni James - Irish Favorites

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(c) Pete Seeger  (1962)  (as "Molly Malone")
Released on the album "American Favorite Ballads: Songs and Tunes, vol. 5"

Pete Seeger - American Favorite Ballads: Songs And Tunes, Vol. 5 (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

Smithsonian Folkways

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(c) Eric & Hattie (1962)

Eric Sykes & Hattie Jacques - Eric & Hattie And Things!!!! (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Ruby Murray (1962)  (as "Cockles and Mussels")

Ruby Murray - Irish And Proud Of It (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Cisco Houston (1964)  (as "Molly Malone")

Cisco Houston on LP: A Legacy

Cisco Houston - Cisco Houston - A Legacy (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

(c) John Gary (1965) (as "Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone)")

John Gary - A Little Bit Of Heaven (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Conny van Bergen (1965)  (as "Molly 'Dear' Malone")
With the Rivertown Dixieland Jazzband
Released on Decca ‎– AT 10 146

Conny Van Bergen - Salty Dog Blues (Vinyl) at Discogs

45cat - Conny van Bergen with The Rivertown Dixieland Jazz Band - Salty Dog Blues / Molly Malone - Decca - Netherlands - AT 10 146

Conny van Bergen | Nldiscografie.nl

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(c) Bing Crosby (1966)
Bing Crosby (voc), Radio Eireann Light Orchestra, Conducted by Buddy Bregman (orc)
Recorded September 20, 1966 in Dublin. Ireland
Recorded for an Irish TV show in Dublin (Radio Eirean - "A Little Bit Of Irish" TV show)

A Bing Crosby Discography - Part 4a - Song Index

Released in 1993 on the CD: "A Little Bit Of Irish".

A Little Bit of Irish (soundtrack) - Wikipedia

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Molly Malone (Cockles & Mussels) - Bing Crosby

(c) Dubliners 1977

The Dubliners - Fifteen Years On (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Tim Hart (1983)

Cockles and Mussels / Molly Malone (Roud 16932)

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(c) Ian McCulloch (1984)  (as "Cockles and Mussels")

78 RPM - Ian McCulloch - September Song / September Song (Long Version) - Korova - UK - KOW 40L

Ian McCulloch - September Song (Vinyl) at Discogs

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(c) U2 (1985)
This song has been played 4 times as a snippet. It's been played 2 times in the main set and 2 times in an encore set.

U2 Song: Molly Malone

U2 Molly Malone - U2 on tour

(c) Sinead O'Connor (2002)  (as "Molly Malone")

Sinéad O'Connor - Sean-Nós Nua (CD, Album) at Discogs

(c) Roger McGuinn (2006)
In 2006 McGuinn recorded a version in the context of his Folk Den project

Roger McGuinn's Folk Den » Blog Archive » Molly Malone

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

Finally here's a beautiful ethereal version by Irish artist Clodagh Simonds

(c) Fovea Hex (2006)

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More info here:  Early Sports and Pop Culture History Blog: Molly Malone, Molly Mogg and a Missing Link - the Fishy History and Origins of "Cockles and Mussels"

dinsdag 18 april 2017

Mocking Bird (1918) / Hush Little Baby (1937) / Say Darling Say (1928) / Mockingbird (1963) / Puppet On A String (1964)

NOT TO BE CONFUSED with "Hush Little Baby, Don't You Cry" (or "You'll Be An Angel Bye and Bye") which is in fact a different song, lyrically as well as melodically. It was written in 1884 especially for Lotta by F. Belasco --- (Listen to samples on the bottom of this playlist)

The "Hush, Little Baby" in this playlist is a traditional lullaby, thought to have been written in the Southern United States. Like most folk songs, the author and date of origin are unknown. The lyrics promise all kinds of rewards to the child if he or she is quiet. The simple structure allows more verses to be added ad lib.




Cecil Sharp collected The Mocking Bird from Lucy Cannady of Endicott, Virginia, on August 23, 1918.

Here's Sharp's handwritten manuscript:


A few months later Sharp collected a version from Julie Boone of Micaville, North Carolina, on October 8, 1918.


Ernest V Stoneman incorporated "Hush Little Baby" in "Say Darling Say"

(o) Ernest V Stoneman and The Sweet Brothers (1928) (as "Say Sarling Say")
Recorded July 9, 1928 in Richmond, Indiana,
Released on Gennett 6733
Also released on Supertone 9400 (as by Uncle Ben Hawkins)

Listen here: The Hush Little Darling frase is at 1 minute and 30 seconds in the YT below

(o) Annie Brewer (1937)  (as "Hush Li'l Baby")
Recorded on March 13, 1937 by John and Ruby Lomax in Montgomery, Alabama.
Library of Congress recording 878 B1
Annie Brewer was a schoolteacher


Listen here:  https://youtu.be/ibmQnGL_eNM?t=2147

(c) Bernice Haynes (1939)  (as "Hush Little Baby")
Recorded on May 21, 1939 by John and Ruby Lomax in Lincoln County.
Cummins State Farm, near Varner, Arkansas

Hush, little baby | Library of Congress


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(c) Texas Gladden (1941)  (as "Hush, Baby , Don't You Cry")
Recorded by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax in 1941 in Salem, Virginia.

Hush, baby, don't you cry | Library of Congress

Texas Gladden - Ballad Legacy (CD) at Discogs

Listen here: Amazon.com: Hush, Baby, Don't You Cry: Texas Gladden: MP3 Downloads

(c) Jean Ritchie (1949)

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library :: Roud Folksong Index S341770 Hush Little Baby

Listen here: Alan Lomax Archive

Or here: c0383352.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/audio/T1018R12.mp3

(c) Weavers (1951) (as "Hush Little Baby")

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(c) Jean Ritchie 1952 ("Hush Little Baby")


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(c) Sandy and Caroline Paton (1960)  (as "Hush Little Baby")

45cat - Sandy And Caroline Paton - Hush Little Baby - Topic - UK

Sandy and Caroline Paton

(c) Odetta (1960) (as "Hush Little Baby")


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(c) Joan Baez (1963) (as "Hush Little Baby")


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In 1963 Inez and Charlie Foxx wrote and recorded "Mockingbird" based on "Hush Little Baby"

(c) Inez Foxx (1963)  (as "Mockingbird")

Inez Foxx - Mockingbird (Vinyl) at Discogs

Mockingbird (Inez & Charlie Foxx song) - Wikipedia

(c) Dusty Springfield (1964) (as "Mockingbird")
Recorded January 27, 1964 at the Olympic Studios in Barnes, UK

Dusty Springfield - A Girl Called Dusty (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

(c) Nina Simone (1964) (as "Hush Little Baby")
Recorded live on May 12, 1963 at Carnegie Hall


(c) Elvis Presley (1964)  (as "Puppet On A String")
With new lyrics by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett.
Recorded June 10, 1964

Elvis Presley - Girl Happy (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

Elvis Presley: Original Version Recordings of Songs He Sang

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(c) Marlene Dietrich (1964)  (as "Scht...Kleines Baby")
With German lyrics by Marlene Diertrich

45cat - Marlene Dietrich - Der Trommelmann (The Little Drummer Boy) / Sch.... Kleines Baby (Hush little Baby) - Electrola - Germany - E 22 832

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Carly Simon and James Taylor recorded a remake of "Mockingbird" in the autumn of 1973.
Released in 1974 "Mockingbird" rose to number 5 on the Billboard Pop singles chart and number 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and was certified Gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of one million copies in the US.

(c) Carly Simon & James Taylor (1974) (as "Mockingbird")

Carly Simon And James Taylor (2) - Mockingbird (Vinyl) at Discogs

(c) Tim Hart (1983)  (as "Hush Litle Baby")

Tim Hart and Friends: My Very Favourite Nursery Rhyme Record

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(c) The Men They Couldn't Hang (1985) (as "Hush Little Baby")

The Men They Couldn't Hang - Night Of A Thousand Candles (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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▶︎ Hush Little Baby | The Men They Couldn't Hang

(c) Horseflies (1988) (as "Hush Little Baby")

The Horseflies - Hush Little Baby (CD) at Discogs

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(c) Judy Collins (1990) (as "Hush Little Baby")

Baby's Bedtime - Judy Collins | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

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American rapper Eminem also used the lullaby "Hush Little Baby" in the lyrics of his single "Mockingbird" from his 2004 album Encore. />

"Hush Little Baby, Don't You Cry" (or "You'll Be An Angel Bye and Bye") is in fact a different song, lyrically as well as melodically. It was written in 1884 especially for Lotta by F. Belasco


Brown Digital Repository | Item | bdr:22057

(o) Edith McDonald (1920)  (as "Hush Little Baby, Don't You Cry")
Recorded April 5, 1920 in New York City
Matrix # 7285-F
Released on Edison Diamond Disc # 80560-L

(c) Frieda Hempel (1920)  (as "Hush Little Baby, Don't You Cry")
Recorded May 24, 1920 in New York City
Matrix # 7368-B
Released on Edison Diamond Disc # 82204-R
And also on Edison Royal Purple Amberol Record (#29067)

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(c) Uncle Dave Macon (1929) ( as "Hush Little Baby, Don't You Cry")

Released on Vocalion # 5397

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maandag 17 april 2017

There Is A Tavern In The Town (1883) / There's A Tavern In The Town (1917) / Head Shoulders Knee and Toe / Hoofd Schouders Knie en Teen / Animaniacs Theme (1993)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" is a very famous children's song. The song has been documented as early as the 1950's and is often sung to the tune of "There Is a Tavern in the Town".

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes - Wikipedia

There Is a Tavern in the Town - Wikipedia

The oldest sheet I could find of "There Is A Tavern In The Town" is in "Student's Songs" (1883) compiled and edited by William Henry Hills (Published by Moses King, Cambridge, Mass.)


The next sheet music is dated between 1877 and 1884 (roud number 18834)

Ballads Online



But the next 1891 sheet music credits this piece to F. J. Adams.

There is a Tavern in the Town. Song and Chorus. The Season's Success. - The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection

The earliest recording of this song I could find:

(o) London Concert Orchestra (1906)
Released on Edison Bell Cylinder #10008

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(c) Peter Dawson (1917)
Released July 1917 on Zonophone # 1777

78 RPM - Mr. Peter Dawson - When Johnny Comes Marching Home / There's A Tavern In The Town - Zonophone - UK - 1777

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(c) Kenneth Walters (1924)

78 RPM - Kenneth Walters - Wrap Me Up In My Terpaulin Jacket / There Is A Tavern In The Town - Regal - UK - G 8163

(c) Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees (1934) (as "The Drunkard Song")
Recorded on September 7, 1934 in New York
Released on Victor 24721

Rudy Vallee And His Connecticut Yankees - The Drunkard Song / Lost In A Fog (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Gracie Fields (1938)  (as "There Is A Tavern In The Town")

Gracie Fields - There Is A Tavern In The Town / The Sweetest Song In The World (Shellac) at Discogs

(c) The Bar-X Cowboys (1938)

78 RPM - The Bar-X Cowboys - There Is A Tavern In The Town / Undewrneath The Sun - Decca - USA - 5537

Listen here: BarXCowboys-01-05/BarXCowboys-ThereIsATavernInTheTown.mp3

(c) Judy Garland and Dick Haymes (1944)
Recorded July 11, 1944 for an Autolite radio commercial

Judy Garland on the Radio 1935 - 1949

Listen here: www.thejudyroom.com/songs/There-Is-A-Tavern-7-11-44.mp3

(c) Wally Cox (1953)

Wally Cox (3) - What A Crazy Guy / There Is A Tavern In The Town (Vinyl) at Discogs

45cat - Wally Cox [actor] - What A Crazy Guy (Dufo) / There Is A Tavern In The Town - RCA Victor - USA - 47-5278

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(c) Four Aces (1955)
Recorded December 10, 1954
Released on Decca 29395

Four Aces* Featuring Al Alberts - Melody Of Love (Vinyl) at Discogs

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(c) Burl Ives (1959)

45cat - Burl Ives - Cheers - Decca - USA

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(c) Sammy Davis Jr (1961)

45cat - Sammy Davis Jr. - There Was A Tavern In The Town / One More Time (A Tribute To Ray Charles) - Reprise - USA - R-20,018

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(c) Connie Francis (1962)

LP Discography: Connie Francis - Discography

Connie Francis - Sing Along With Connie Francis (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Nat King Cole (1963)

Nat King Cole - Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Brothers Four (1961) (as "The Tavern Song")

The Brothers Four - Songbook (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Sam Hinton (1967)

Vinyl Album - Sam Hinton - The Wandering Folksong - Folkways - USA

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(c) Ashley Hutchings (1977)

Vinyl Album - Ashley Hutchings - Kickin' Up The Sawdust - Harvest - UK

Ashley Hutchings: Kickin' Up the Sawdust

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Kickin' up the Sawdust - Ashley Hutchings | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

(c) The Warners (1993)  (as "Animaniacs Theme song")

The Animaniacs series theme song, performed by the Warners, was a very important part of the show. In the series' first season, the theme won an Emmy Award for best song. Richard Stone composed the music for the title sequence (heavily inspired by "There Is A Tavern In The Town") and Tom Ruegger wrote the lyrics.

Animaniacs - Wikipedia

The Warner Bros. Animation Archive

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According to Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle of Fresno University, Alan Lomax calls "Hard Ain't It Hard" a reworking of this piece, Personally I don't see the connection with "Tavern in the Town".

Tavern in the Town

donderdag 13 april 2017

The Lincolnshire Poacher (1800's / The Chandler's Wife (1832) / The Tailor's Boy (1832) / The Farmer's Servant (1860) / Peg-Leg Jack (1929) / The Thing (1950) / Het Ding (1950) / St. Thomas (1956)

"The Thing" is a hit novelty song by Charles Randolph Grean which received much airplay in 1950.
The record entered the Billboard charts on November 17, 1950. It lasted 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 1.

The Thing (song) - Wikipedia

The words were set to a English folk tune from 1832 called "The Chandler's Wife" (sometimes called "The Tailor's Boy" or "The Farmer's Servant")
This folk tune on his turn was derived from "The Lincolnshire Poacher". a traditional from the 18th century

The Lincolnshire Poacher - Wikipedia

The Lincolnshire Poacher (Roud 299)

Lincolnshire Poacher, The

Bodleian Harding B 25(1508), "The Poacher" ("When I was bound apprentice in fair Lincolnshire"), dated between 1780 and 1812

Here's the sheetmusic: http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/view/sheet/21486

"Lincolnshire Poacher" is melodically similar to "The Chandler's Wife"

Chandler's Wife, The

Bodleian Harding B 25(356), "The Chandler's Wife" ("A Taylor-boy went out one day"),
dated around 1832

Here's the sheetmusic: http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/view/edition/17488

"The Chandler's Wife" is lyrically and melodically almost similar to "The Tailor's Boy".

Tailor's Boy, The

Bodleian Harding B 27(52), "The Tailor's Boy" ("A tailor's boy went on one night some candles for to bring"), dated around 1832

Here's the sheetmusic: http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/view/edition/18184

(o) Debroy Somers Band (1929)  ("Lincolnshire Poacher" (part of "A Hunting Medley")
Recorded January 3, 1929 in London
Released on Columbia 9623

In 1929 Frank Luther and Carson Robison wrote new words to this traditional tune and  re-titled it "Peg-Leg Jack".

(o) Frank Luther (1929)  (as "Peg-Leg Jack")
Carson Robison: guitar/harmonica, Murray Kellner: fiddle
Recorded May 1929 in New York
Released on Brunswick 4371

(c) Stuart Robertson (1931) (as "Lincolnshire Poacher")

78 RPM - Stuart Robertson - The Lincolnshire Poacher / The Vicar Of Bray - His Master's Voice - UK - B 3971

Stuart Robertson (2) - The Lincolnshire Poacher (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (1931)  ("Lincolnshire Poacher" (part of "Savoy Hunting Medley")
Recorded August 27, 1931 n London
Released on His Master's Voice # B-6089

78 RPM - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra - Savoy Community Medley / Savoy Hunting Medley - His Master's Voice - UK - B 6089

(c) Tex Morton (1937) (as "Peg Leg Jack")
Recorded July 1, 1937 Columbia Studios, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Released on Regal Zonophone G-23167



(c) Warde H. Ford (1938) (as "The Tailor Boy")
Recorded December 1938 in Boomtown [Central Valley], Shasta County, California.

The tailor boy | Library of Congress

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"The Lincolnshire Poacher" was also sung in the 1940 film Tom Brown's School Days by the Rugby students and is the theme song of the movie.
The Rugby students sing the song in their dining hall to celebrate a victory for the school in sports.

Listen here: Tom Brown's School Days 1940 - YouTube

Shortly after the Second World War, the Central Office Of Information made a cartoon of the song "The Lincolnshire Poacher" for the British Council. According to documents deposited with the Public Record Office (in file INF 6/735), W. Larkins & Co were commissioned to produce the film and a film of "The Lincolnshire Poacher" for slightly over two thousand pounds. Originally estimated to run for eight minutes, they would eventually run for eleven, and were scored by Hubert Clifford and sung by Dale Smith and a male voice quartet.

(c) Dale Smith and Male Voice Quartet (1947) (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

British Council Film: The Lincolnshire Poacher

Two bars from the song ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’ are famously associated with their use as an interval signal on a mysterious radio numbers station, believed to have been operated by the British Secret Service from the 1970s until 2008.

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(c) Richard Dyer-Bennet (1941) (as "The Lincolnshier Poacher")
Released in 1941 on record # 517-B of the album "Lute Singer - Ballads and Folk Songs"
Keynote Recordings album #108


KEYNOTE 78rpm numerical listing discography

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In 1950 Phil Harris rewrote this traditional song and had a Millionseller in the USA.

(c) Phil Harris (1950) (as "The Thing")  (Nr 1 Hit USA)
Recorded October 13, 1950
Released on RCA Victor 3968

78 RPM - Phil Harris - Goofus / The Thing - RCA Victor - USA - 20-3968

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Cover versions of "The Thing" were recorded by Arthur Godfrey, Danny Kaye, Kidsongs, Ray Charles, Teresa Brewer and Australian orchestra leader Les Welch.

(c) Teresa Brewer (1950) (as "The Thing")
Recorded end October 1950 in New York City
Released by London Records as catalog number 873




(c) Arthur Godfrey (1950)  (as "The Thing") (Hit USA)
Recorded November 1950
Released on Columbia 919 and 39068


(c) Ames Brothers (1950) (as "The Thing") (Hit USA)
Recorded November 6, 1950 Decca Recording Studio, New York City
Released on Coral 60333


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(c) June Carter (1950)
Recorded November 10, Nashville, TN
Released on RCA Victor # 21-0411

78 RPM - June Carter - The Thing / Winkin' And A-blinkin' - RCA Victor - USA - 21-0411

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(c) Danny Kaye (1950)
Recorded November, 12, 1950 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 27350

78 RPM - Danny Kaye - The Thing / The Little White Duck - Decca - Canada - 27350

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(c) Phil Morrow's Music (1951) (Hit UK)
Released January 1951 on Columbia DB 2795

78 RPM - Phil Morrow's Music - The Thing / The Flying Saucer - Columbia - UK - D.B. 2795

(c) Orkest Zonder Naam (1950)  (as "Het Ding")
Dutch lyrics by Jan de Cler and Dico v/d Meer)
Released end 1950 on Decca M 33103

78 RPM - Orkest Zonder Naam - Het Ding / Du Bist Die Rose Vom Wörthersee - Decca - Netherlands - M 33103

End 1950 there was quite a sensation in The Netherlands around the song "Het Ding".
Read all about it here: Het Ding sensatie om een liedje

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(c) Bob Scholte (1950)  (as "Het Ding")
With choir and orchestra (directed by Emile Deltour)
Released December 1950 on Decca 21.292

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(c) Les Welch (1951)
Recording was made in January 1951
Released by Pacific Records, an Australian company, as catalog number 10-0051

Singles Discography for Pacific Records - OZ

Les Welch And His Orchestra / Les Welch And His Boogie Woogie Four* - The Thing / Boogie Woogie Stampede (Shellac) at Discogs

(c) Gösta Jonsson (1951) (as "Den Franska Biljetten")
Swedish lyrics by Eric Sandström

78 RPM - Gösta Jonsson - Den Franska Biljetten (The Thing) / Det är Nån'ting Jag Går Och Väntar På - Sonora Elit - Sweden - 7561

(c) Povel Ramel (1951) (as "Den Franska Biljetten")
Swedish lyrics by Eric Sandström and Povel Ramel

Povel Ramel-sällskapet

(c) Jens og Erik (1951) (as "Tingen")
Norvegian lyrics by Erik Diesen

78 RPM - Jens Og Erik - Havnens Lys (Harbour Lights) / Tingen (The Thing) - Musica - Norway - A 3033

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Charles Aznavour was responsible for the lyrics of the French version.
This version was performed by various artists:

Les Compagnons de la Chanson on the Columbia-label
Andrex on the Pathe-label
Raymond Girerd on the Decca-label
Marcel Coestier on the Odeon-label
Maurice Chevalier on the Polydor-label
Jacques Helian on the Pathe-label

(c) Les Compagnons de la Chanson (1951) (as "L'Objet")
French lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Released in 1951 on Columbia BF 357

Encyclopédisque - Disque : Aux marches du palais / L'objet

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(c) Maurice Chevalier (1951) (as "L'Objet")
French lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Released in 1951 on Polydor 560.300

Mais qui est-ce ? / L'objet by Maurice Chevalier (Single, Chanson): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

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(c) Andrex (1951)  (as "L'Objet")
French lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Released March 1951 on Pathe PG 476

78 RPM - Andrex - L'Objet (The Thing) / M'sieur Gaston - Pathé - France - PG 476

(c) Oscar Brand (1955)  (as "The Chandler's Wife")



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In 1953 Harry Cox recorded "The Farmer's Servant", which is melodically derived from "The Lincolnshire Poacher"

"The Farmer's Servant" is a version of Roud #792: dated between 1860 and 1883




(c) Harry Cox (1953)  (as "The Farmer's Servant")
Recorded by Alan Lomax in Sutton, Norfolk in October 1953


(c) A.L. Lloyd (1956)  (as "The Farmer's Servant")


In the album's sleeve-notes Lloyd said:

Those who don't know him imagine the East Anglian farm-hand to be deferential, even servile. Nothing is further from the truth. He is, as the songs say, inclined to mind his master's business “as servants always done”. But under that innocent phrase lies a sly meaning that many a master has never appreciated until it was too late. In melody, the song is a cousin of the well-known Lincolnshire Poacher. In shape, it recalls the commercial hit of a year or two back, The Thing. It is a song that evokes a nudge, a wink and a quickly stifled guffaw, if the squire is with his friends in the adjacent saloon bar.


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(c) Paul Clayton (1958)  (as "The Farmer's Servant")


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(c) Sonny Rollins (1956)  (as "St. Thomas")

"St. Thomas" is perhaps the most recognizable instrumental in the repertoire of American jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who is usually credited as its composer. However, it is actually based on "The Lincolnshire Poacher".
By way of the folk process, "The Lincolnshire Poacher" evolved into a nursery song in the Virgin Islands, which Rollins' mother sang to him when he was a child. As such, it has a distinct Caribbean vibe to it.


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(c) Johnny Restivo (1959)  (as "The Thing")
Released on the album "Oh Johnny" (RCA LSP 2149)

Johnny Restivo Discography

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(c) Peter Pears (1962) (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")
Arranged and directed by Benjamin Britten.


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(c) Richard Dyer-Bennet (1962)  (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

Richard Dyer-Bennet, Vol. 10 | Smithsonian Folkways

Richard Dyer-Bennet - 10 (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Richard Dyer-Bennet (1962)  (as "The Tailor's Boy")


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(c) Ray Charles (1964) (as "The Thing")
Recording was made on July 13, 1963
Released on the album Have a Smile with Me (ABC 495)

Vinyl Album - Ray Charles - Have A Smile With Me - ABC-Paramount - USA

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(c) The Spinners (1970) (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

The Spinners - Are In Town (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) John Roberts and Tony Barrand (1971) (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

John Roberts & Tony Barrand, Nowell Sing We Clear, Ye Mariners All

John Roberts (11) & Tony Barrand - Spencer The Rover Is Alive And Well And Living In Ithaca (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

Roberts and Barrand - Wikipedia

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(c) Claude Francois (1976)  (as "L'Objet")

Encyclopédisque - Disque : Pour les jeunes de 8 à 88 ans

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In 1978, the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band issued "The Lincolnshire Poacher" as its follow-up single to their successful "The Floral Dance", and it was included on the 1978 album The Floral Dance.

(c) Brighouse and Rastrick Band (1978)  (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

45cat - The Brighouse And Rastrick Band - The Lincolnshire Poacher / Tijuana Tuba - Logo - UK - GO 308

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(c) Leo, Leo and Leo (1980)  (as "Het Ding")

Leo Leo en Leo | Nldiscografie.nl

45cat - Leo, Leo en Leo - Het Ding / Russian Leo - A&R - Netherlands - ANR 9488

In 2012 "The Chandler's Wife" was a bonustrack on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the musical "Once"

donderdag 6 april 2017

Ich Weiss Nicht Was Soll Es Bedeuten (1822) / Die Loreley (1837) / Whispering Hope (1868)

Heinrich Heine wrote the poem "Die Loreley" in 1823, and composer Friedrich Silcher put the words to music in 1838.
The poem was originally titled Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten
It was song # 2 from Die Heimkehr in his Buch der Lieder which was published in 1827.

SEE ALSO http://www.lieder.net/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=7600

Friedrich Silcher's musical setting was published in 1838 in Heft 3 of "XII Deutsche Volkslieder mit Melodien für 1 oder 2 Singstimmen mit Pianoforte oder Guitarre", (8 Hefte, L. F. Fues, Tübingen, 1835-1860)

Here's a later 1869 edition in 1 Vol. - with only piano arrangements


Other composers composed music to Heine's poem, but Friedrich Silcher's is the most popular though Franz Liszt's version is also performed often.

The Loreley, or Lorelei, is a rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen, Germany. It soars 132 meters above the water line. Heavy currents are in that area. According to folklore, Loreley is also the name of a beautiful young siren-like witch who lives on the rock. She combs her golden hair with a gold-comb and lures boatmen to their doom with her songs delivered in a hypnotizing voice. The Lorelei is a variation of sirens in Homer's The Odyssey. Think of a mermaid or water-nymph who lures men to watery deaths. The legend is not old like Homer's tales. The Lorelei began as a ballad written in 1801 by Clemens Baranto: "Zu Bacharach am Rheine." The idea was taken up by Heinrich Heine around 1823 in his poem "Die Lorelei." The singing Lorelei brushes hair atop a rock. Sailors are distracted by her beauty and song. They fail to navigate the waters properly and drown.



I cannot divine what it meaneth,
This haunting nameless pain: 
A tale of the bygone ages 
Keeps brooding through my brain:
The faint air cools in the gloaming,
And peaceful flows the Rhine, 
The thirsty summits are drinking 
The sunset's flooding wine;

The loveliest maiden is sitting
High-throned in yon blue air,
Her golden jewels are shining, 
She combs her golden hair;

She combs with a comb that is golden,
And sings a weird refrain 
That steeps in a deadly enchantment 
The listener's ravished brain:

The doomed in his drifting shallop,
Is tranced with the sad sweet tone, 
He sees not the yawing breakers, 
He sees but the maid alone:

The pitiless billows engulf him!
So perish sailor and bark; 
And this, with her baleful singing, 
Is the Lorelei's gruesome work.


Ich weiß nicht was soll es bedeuten,
Dass ich so traurig bin;
Ein Märchen aus uralten Zeiten,
Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.

Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt,
Und ruhig fließt der Rhein;
Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt
Im Abendsonnenschein.

Die schönste Jungfrau sitzet
Dort oben wunderbar;
Ihr goldnes Geschmeide blitzet,
Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar.

Sie kämmt es mit goldenem Kamme
Und singt ein Lied dabei;
Das hat eine wundersame,
Gewalt'ge Melodei.

Den Schiffer im kleinen Schiffe
Ergreift es mit wildem Weh;
Er schaut nicht die Felsenriffe,
Er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh.

Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen
Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn;
Und das hat mit ihrem Singen
Die Loreley getan"

Probably the first recording:

(c) Emile Berliner (and family ?) (around 1890) (as "Lorelei Lied")
Recorded somewhere between 1889 and 1892 in Germany
Released on a Berliner 5 Inch record (#104)



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Ich weiß nicht was soll es bedeuten,
Dass ich so traurig bin;
Ein Märchen aus alten Zeiten,
Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.

(c) Reiss (T) (p)
Recorded June 1898 in New York
Released on Edison # 4413

Labelliste von 'Edison (USA)'. (1898-1904).

(o) Wilhelm Deusing (1899) (pictured below under the black arrow)

Recorded October 1899 in New York City
Released on Edison Brown Wax Cylinder # 7375

Edison Record: 7375. “Die Lorelei” / Wilhelm Deusing. | UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

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(c) Carl Bernard (1899)
Recorded October 13, 1899 in New York
Released on Berliner 0630

Berliner matrix 0630. Lorelei / Carl Bernhard - Discography of American Historical Recordings

(c) Wilhelm Deusing (1900)
Recorded August 1900 in New York City
Released on Edison Cylinder # 12086

Labelliste von 'Edison (USA)'. (1900-1904).

(c) Sousa's Band (1900)
Recorded October 1, 1900 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor A-356

Victor matrix [Pre-matrix A-]356. Paraphrase of "Die Lorelei" / Sousa's Band - Discography of American Historical Recordings

(c) Kendle's First Regiment Band
Recorded March 28, 1901 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor # 3189

Browse All Recordings | Lorelei, Take 4 (1901-03-28) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

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(c) Peerles Orchestra (1902)
Released on Edison Gold Moulded Cylinder # 8176

Edison Gold Moulded Record: 8176. “Loreley” / Peerless Orchestra. | UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

Listen here: cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/mp3s/4000/4296/cusb-cyl4296d.mp3

Or here: cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/mp3s/4000/4297/cusb-cyl4297d.mp3

(c) Emil Muench (1901) (as "Ich weiss nicht, was soll es bedeuten")
Recorded around 1901 in New York
Released on Columbia # 131

Columbia matrix 131. Ich weiss nicht was soll es bedeuten / Emil Muench - Discography of American Historical Recordings

(c) Emil Muench (1902)  (as "Lorelei")
Recorded August 4, 1902 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Released on Victor Monarch # 946

Browse All Recordings | Lorelei, Take M-1 (1902-08-04) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

Victor matrix [Pre-matrix B-]946. Lorelei / Emil Muench - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) Emil Muench (1904)
Released on Edison Goldwax Cylinder: 12800

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(c) Haydn Quartet (1903)  (as "The Lorelei")
Recorded October, 7, 1903 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Released on Victor Monarch # 2510

Victor matrix B-506. Die Lorelei / Haydn Quartet - Discography of American Historical Recordings

(c) Agnes Hermann (1907) (as "Ich weiss nicht was soll es bedeuten")
Recorded January 1907 in Berlin
Released on the Edison 15645

Die Musiktitel von 'Herrmann, Agnes'. © 25.02.2017 by Henry König

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(c) Gustav Franz  1907 (with Rudolf Thiele Orchestra)
Recorded February 1907 in Berlin
Matrix xB 2308
Released on Odeon  X 51245
Rereleased on Odeon X 64144 and Odeon O-5034 (X 51245)


(c) Rost'schen Solo-Quartett (1907)
Recorded June 1907 in Hannover
Released on Favorite l-19225

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In 1868 in the USA, Septimus Winner (under the pseudonym Alice Hawthorne) wrote English lyrics to this German ballad. Titled "Whispering Hope", this became one of his most successful songs.

Here's sheetmusic from 1885:  Whispering hope | Library of Congress

And here one of the first recordings of "Whispering Hope".

(c) Clara Moister and Beulah Gaylord Young (1911) (as "Whispering Hope")
(crediting Alice Hawthorne, an alias for Septimus Winner who wrote the lyrics in 1868)
Recorded October 4, 1911 in New York
Released on Columbia A 1091

Columbia matrix 19586. Whispering hope / Clara Moister ; Beulah Gaylord Young - Discography of American Historical Recordings

(c) Alma Gluck and Louise Homer (1912) (as "Whispering Hope")  (#5 Hit in the US Charts)
Recorded April 12, 1912 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 87107

Victor matrix B-11866. Whispering hope / Alma Gluck ; Louise Homer - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Browse All Recordings | Whispering hope, Take 2 (1912-04-12) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

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(c) Elsie Baker (1912) (as "Loreley")
Recorded September 27, 1912 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 17181

Victor matrix B-12419. Loreley / Elsie Baker - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) Elsie Baker and Olive Kline (1914) (as "Whispering Hope")
Recorded December 7, 1914 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 17782

Victor matrix B-15466. Whispering hope / Elsie Baker ; Olive Kline - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Browse All Recordings | Whispering hope, Take 3 (1914-12-07) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

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(c) Elisabeth van Endert (1914)

(c) Ernestine Schumann-Heink (1915)
Recorded September 15, 1915 in Camden New Jersey
Released on Victor 88547 (one-sided)
Also released on Victrola 6273

Victor matrix C-16503. Lorelei / Ernestine Schumann-Heink - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Ernestine Schumann-Heink - Lorelei - Volkslied (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c)  Vivian Holt and  Lillian Rosedale (1920)

Whispering hope - Public Domain Media Database

Listen here: www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/m2/f7/10750.mp3

(c) Richard Tauber (1926)
Recorded May 16, 1926 (Matrix xxB7466)
Released on Odeon O-8219

O-8219 | richard-tauber.de


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(c) Berliner Lehrergesangverein 1928
Recorded February 16, 1928 in Berlin
Released on Odeon O-6593


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(c) Heinrich Schlusnus (1930)

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(c) In Disney's Silly Symphony "King Neptune" (1932)
It was hummed by a group of mermaids after 50 seconds in the next YT

(c) Richard Tauber (1939)
Recorded April 20, 1939 in London (master CE 9758-1)
with Percy Kahn (piano)
Released on Parlophone RO 20442

(c) Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae (1949)  (as "Whispering Hope")
(# 4 Hit in the US Charts / Millionseller)
Recorded June 3, 1949
Released on Capitol 57-690

Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae - A Thought In My Heart / Whispering Hope (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Jim Reeves (1958) (as "Whispering Hope")
Recorded September 4, 1958 in Nashville, TN
Jim Reeves [vcl/gt], Hank Garland [gt], Velma Smith [gt], Bob Moore [bass], Floyd Cramer [piano] + Anita Kerr Singers. Producer: Chet Atkins)
Released on the album "God Be With You" (RCA Victor LPM/LSP-1950)

Jim Reeves - God Be With You (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Mieke Telkamp & Yvone Oostveen (1962)  (Hit in the Netherlands)

Mieke Telkamp en Yvonne Oostveen - Home Sweet Home (Vinyl) at Discogs

45cat - Mieke Telkamp - Home Sweet Home / Whispering Hope - Philips - Netherlands - 318 215 PF

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(c) Ronny (1968) (as "Ich Weiß Nicht, Was Soll Es Bedeuten (Die Loreley)"

Ronny LP - Hohe Tannen - Telefunken SLE 14 512 (1968)

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(c) Vera Lynn (1972) (as "Whispering Hope")

Vera Lynn With Mike Sammes Singers - Favourite Sacred Songs (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

45cat - Vera Lynn - Remembering / Whispering Hope - Columbia - UK - DB 8992

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(c) Willie Nelson (1975)

February 1973 Atlantic Studios, 11 W, 60th St., New York City - Willie Nelson 
Larry Gatlin [gt/bck vcl], Jimmy Day [steel/dobro], Dan Spears [bass], Paul English [drums],Bobbie Nelson [piano], Jeff Gutcheon [organ] + Sammi Smith, Dee Moeller, Doug Sahm [bck vcl]).

263 26043 WHISPERING HOPE Atlantic SD 7275

Atlantic Records Catalog: 7200 series

This Atlantic session was not released at the time, but more than 2 years later was remixed and released on the Columbia-label:

September/October 1975 Atlantic Recording Studio, 11 W, 60th St., New York City - Willie Nelson (Producer: Arif Mardin)


Willie Nelson - The Troublemaker (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

(c) Vicky Leandros (1977)  (as "Die Loreley")

VICKY LEANDROS | Offizielle Website & Fanclub

(c) Mireille Mathieu (1977)  (as "Ich Weiss Nicht Was Soll Es Bedeuten")

Mireille Mathieu - Die Schonsten Deutschen Volkslieder (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Heino (1980) (as "Ich Weiss Nicht Was Soll Es Bedeuten")

Heino - Die schönsten deutschen Volkslieder (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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More versions here: The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - LORELEI LIED, DAS

As I said above other composers composed music to Heine's poem, but Silcher's is the most popular though Liszt's version is also performed often.

Here's a version by Louise Homer from 1909

(c) Louise Homer (1909)
Recorded October 11, 1909 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 88204

Victor matrix C-8293. Die Lorelei / Louise Homer - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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And here's a version by Sigrid Onegin from 1929

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