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

PERFORMERS: DANNY KAYE | Laughterlog.com

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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 about 54 minutes)

(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)

Listen here:  Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone) | Fovea Hex

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"

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