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
(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
(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
(c) Weavers (1951) (as "Hush Little Baby")
(c) Jean Ritchie 1952 ("Hush Little Baby")
(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")
(c) Don Costa (1962) (as "Theme from "The Miracle worker (Hush Little Baby")
(c) Joan Baez (1963) (as "Hush Little Baby")
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
(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
(c) Joan Baez (1966) (as "Hush Little Baby")
Live in the ORTF Studios in Paris
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
(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
▶︎ Hush Little Baby | The Men They Couldn't Hang
(c) Horseflies (1988) (as "Hush Little Baby")
The Horseflies - Hush Little Baby (CD) at Discogs
(c) Judy Collins (1990) (as "Hush Little Baby")
Baby's Bedtime - Judy Collins | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic
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)
(c) Uncle Dave Macon (1929) ( as "Hush Little Baby, Don't You Cry")
Released on Vocalion # 5397