dinsdag 24 oktober 2017

Little Brown Jug (1869) / Dude and the Farmer ( 1903) / My Ding-a-Ling (1952) / Toy Bell (1954) / My Tambourine (1968)

"Little Brown Jug" is a song written by Joseph Winner, originally published in Philadelphia in 1869 and credited to "Eastburn" (Winner's middle name).

The little brown jug [Historic American Sheet Music]

In 1868 a song with the same title, written by George Cooper and W.F. Wellman Jr., was published by C.H. Ditson in New York. As you can see on the link below, this was another song.

098.144 - The Little Brown Jug. Song & Chorus. | Levy Music Collection

In 1869 "Little Brown Jug" was published by S.T. Gordon in New York, claiming the song was written by Betta.

098.143 - The Original Little Brown Jug. Song and Chorus. | Levy Music Collection

But nowadays most authorities accept Winner as the composer.

It was originally a drinking song. It remained well known as a folk song into the early 20th century.

Little Brown Jug (song) - Wikipedia

The first version seems to be recorded by:

(o) Steve Porter (1900) (No. 3 US Charts)
Released on Columbia Cylinder # 4617

COLUMBIA cylinders numerical listing discography: 4000 - 5999

(c) Arthur Collins and Byron G Harlan (1903)  (as "The Dude and the Farmer")
Recorded March 24, 1903 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Released on Victor Monarch 2116

Browse All Recordings | The dude and the farmer, Take M-1 (1903-03-24) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

Victor matrix [Pre-matrix B-]2116. The dude and the farmer / Collins and Harlan - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Collins & Harlan* - The Dude And The Farmer (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Laura C. Herstein (1905)
Recorded September 4, 1905
Released on a Concert Brown Wax Cylinder (this was a home recording)

WFMU: Thomas Edison's Attic: Playlist from December 12, 2006

In 1916 the Victory Mixed Chorus sang "Little Brown Jug" as part of a medley.

(c) Victory Mixed Chorus (1916)  (part of the "Songs of the Past No. 20" medley)
Recorded June 28, 1916 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 35585

Browse All Recordings | Songs of the past, no. 20, Take 2 (1916-06-28) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

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Like many songs which make reference to alcoholic beverages, it enjoyed new popularity during the Prohibition era.

(c) Henry Whitter (1924)
Recorded in New York on February 26, 1924
Released on OKEH 40063.

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(c) George Reneau (1924)
Recorded in April 18, 1924 in New York.
George Reneau: harmonica/guitar and Gene Austin: vocals/calls
Released on Vocalion 14812

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(c) Riley Puckett and Clayton McMichen (1927)
Recorded in Atlanta, GA on April 2, 1927
Released on Columbia 15232

Columbia matrix W143868. Little brown jug / Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Unlike what it says in the next YT, this version is by Riley Puckety and Clayton McMichen.

In 1939, bandleader Glenn Miller recorded and broadcast his swing instrumental arrangement of the tune with great success, and the number became one of the best known orchestrations of the American Big Band era. His version did not have the lyrics.

(c) Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (1939)  (No. 10 USA Charts)
Recorded April 10, 1939
Released on Bluebird B-10286

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In the 1948 Famous Studios Screen Song animated short titled "Little Brown Jug", a "bouncing ball" cartoon, it is sung with the music credited to Winston Sharples and entirely new lyrics by Buddy Kaye.
"Little Brown Jug" starts around 4 minutes in the next YT

(c) Richie Blackmore (1965)  (as "Little Brown Jug")
Released on Oriole CB 314

45cat - Richie Blackmore - Getaway / Little Brown Jug - Oriole - UK - CB 314

Richie Blackmore* - Getaway / Little Brown Jug (Vinyl) at Discogs

(c) Jive Bunny (1989)  (part of the "Swing The Mood" medley) (No 1 UK)

Swing the Mood - Wikipedia

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The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - LITTLE BROWN JUG

The same melody was used for the song "My Ding-a-Ling" written by Dave Bartholomew in 1952, which became a Number 1 hit in 1972 for Chuck Berry.

My Ding-a-Ling - Wikipedia

(c) Dave Bartholomew (1952)  (as "My Ding-A-Ling")
Recorded January 1952

45cat - Dave Bartholomew - My Ding-A-Ling / Bad Habit - King - USA - 45-4544

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A few months later when Bartholomew moved to Imperial Records, he re-recorded the song under the new title, "Little Girl Sing Ting-a-Ling".

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In the summer of 1954 Dave Bartholomew produced a version by The Spiders, which was titled "The Real Thing", which, lyrically, was clearly derived from "My Ding-A-Ling"

45cat - The Spiders [New Orleans] - Mmm Mmm Baby / The Real Thing - Imperial - USA - X5305

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Only one month later, also in 1954 Dave Bartholomew produced a version by The Bees, which was titled "Toy Bell".
The Bees' "Toy Bell" was more or less the version, which Chuck Berry used for his 1972 live-version, that was a US No 1 Hit.

45cat - The Bees [50s] - Toy Bell / Snatchin' Back - Imperial - USA - X5314

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Before the famous 1972 live-version, Chuck Berry recorded a studio-version called "My Tambourine" in 1968.

(c) Chuck Berry (1968)  (as "My Tambourine")

Vinyl Album - Chuck Berry - From St. Louie To Frisco - Mercury - USA

But the version which topped the charts was recorded live during the Lanchester Arts Festival at the Locarno ballroom in Coventry, England, on 3 February 1972.

45cat - Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling / Let's Boogie - Chess - UK - 6145 019

45cat - Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling / Johnny B. Goode - Chess - USA - CH 2131

The Youtube below is from BBC In Concert, first broadcast on July 22, 1972.

More versions here:

Cover versions of My Ding-A-Ling by Dave Bartholomew | SecondHandSongs

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - MY DING-A-LING

dinsdag 17 oktober 2017

The Braes of Balquhither (1814) / Will You Go Lassie Go (1952) / Wild Mountain Thyme (1957)

"Wild Mountain Thyme" (also known as "Purple Heather" and "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?") is a Scottish folk song that was collected by Francis McPeake 1st, who wrote the song himself for his wife. The McPeake family claim recognition for the writing of the song. Francis McPeake is a member of a well known musical family in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The lyrics and melody are a variant of the song "The Braes of Balquhither" by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill (1774–1810), a contemporary of Robert Burns. Tannahill's original song is about the hills (braes) around Balquhidder near Lochearnhead.
Like Burns, Tannahill collected and adapted traditional songs, and "The Braes of Balquhither" may have been based on the traditional song "The Braes o' Bowhether" (SEE NOTE on the bottom of this post)

Wild Mountain Thyme - Wikipedia

The Braes o' Balquhidder / Wild Mountain Thyme / Will You Go Lassie, Go? [Robert Tannahill] (Roud 541; G/D 4:862)

(c) Frank McPeake and Son (1952)  (as "Will You Go, Lassie, Go")
Recorded July 7, 1952 at the O'Boyle Family home in Belfast.

(Photograph) Frank McPeake. Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1952 - Peter Kennedy Collection - World and traditional music | British Library - Sounds

Charles O'Boyle had invited a number of performers to meet Peter Kennedy for his first evening of music collecting in Belfast.
In particular Peter was struck by the song, "Will You Go, Lassie Go?", the tune of which was composed by Francie I, recorded it in a cupboard under the stairs, and, when he returned to London, persuaded George Martin and the Educational Dept. of The Gramophone Company to issue this track on a 10" LP called "Folk Song Today" (His Master's Voice DLP 1143)

On the back-sleeve we can read: "Their song is a version of "The Braes of Balquidder"

Various - Folk Song Today (Songs And Ballads Of England And Scotland) (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

Various Artists: Folk Song Today

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As I said above "Wild Mountain Thyme" is a reworded arrangement of "The Braes of Balquhither",
which also includes the lines "Let us go, lassie, go" and "And the wild mountain thyme".

"The Braes of Balquhither" was first published at Falkirk in 1814, together with "Jamie frae Dundee", "Blyth was she", "M’Pherson’s farewel", and "Highland Rover" - held in the British Library at shelfmark 11621.b.10.(35.)

The song was also published in 1815 in the 3rd edition of "Poems and Songs, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" by Robert Tannahill.
"The Braes Of Balquhither" is on page 154, with "The Three Carls o' Buchanan" mentioned as accompanying air (which, some suggest. is the same melody that Francis McPeake used for "Wild Mountain Thyme", but as we see later on in this post, it's not)


A five-verse voice and piano arrangement was published by J.A. and W. Geib in New York circa 1818-1821. as we see below this is another melody, than the one used for "Wild Mountain Thyme"

Catalog Record: The Braes of Balquhither | Hathi Trust Digital Library

Then it received a new arrangement, attributed to John Davies, in 1821, also not the tune later used for "Wild Mountain Thyme".

108.083 - The Braes o' Balquhither. A Favorite Scotch Ballad. | Levy Music Collection

The tune was most certainly not composed by McPeake, as it is and was an ancient Scots air even in Robert Tannahill's time!
Furthermore, in a BBC Radio interview in 1957, Francie McPeake Snr, admitted he learned the song from an Uncle, and made no claims to have written or composed it!

Robert Tannahill clearly wrote and published the lyrics, and they were included twice in Robert Archibald Smith's "Scotish Minstrel" (1821).

Vol I, p. 49 (appears in index as "Will ye go, lassie, go" to the air of "Braes o'Balquither")



and Vol. IV, p. 89 (has another tune marked "2nd set", appears in index as "Let us go, lassie, go" and set to the air: "The Three Carls o Buchanan"



"Will ye go, lassie, go" to the air of "Braes o'Balquither" from Vol I of the Scotish Minstrel, was most likely the source for Francis McPeake to write his adaption of "Wild Mountain Thyme".
But even before that, in 1816, the song was published as "Bochuiddar" or "Balquhidder" (song # 77 on page 38) in Captain S. Fraser's "Collection of Melodies of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland".


This is confirmed on page 113 in George Farguhar Graham's "The Songs of Scotland Adapted to Their Appropriate Melodies" (1850).
It says: "In Captain S. Fraser's Collection of Melodies of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, 1816, we find, No. 77, Bochuiddar - Balquidder - which is the air applied to Tannahill's song, with some slight differences, as found in vol. I, p. 49 of R.A. Smith's "Scottish Minstrel"


Some sheets on Bodleian (as Roud # 541):  http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/search/roud/541

The first recorded version of "The Braes o' Balqu(h)idder" seems to be

(o) P.S. Richardson (1911)
Recorded January 1911 in London
Released on Columbia Rena 1692 and on Regal G-6573

Columbia Rena 1692 and Regal G-6573

The first recorded version of "The Braes o' Balquhidder" I could find, is by Alma Gluck.
Recorded: March 6, 1914 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 64416

Victor matrix B-14554. The braes o' Ballquhidder / Alma Gluck - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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In the 1950's Elizabeth Cronin sang a version (recorded by Alan Lomax in 1951 and Seamus Ennis in 1952).
In "The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin", the notes say the song was set to music by Robert Archibald Smith himself, which.may or may not be quite accurate since it is known that Tannahill set the tunes himself to many of his other songs.

The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin


(c) John MacDonald (1974)  (as "The Braes O' Balquhidder").

John MacDonald sang The Braes o' Balquhidder on his 1975 Topic album "The Singing Molecatcher of Morayshire".
Hamish Henderson commented in the album's liner notes: A song by the Paisley weaver-poet Robert Tannahill (1774-1810), to an old air "The Three Carles o' Buchanan". This exquisite song became very popular in the 19th century throughout Scotland and Ireland. It was in the repertoire of the celebrated ballad-singer Mrs Elizabeth Cronin of Macroom, Co. Cork, and the version recorded by the McPeake family of Belfast—now known throughout the modern folk revival as "The Wild Mountain Thyme"—continues to enjoy widespread popularity. It belongs to a well-known class of courtship songs in which the lover appeals to his girl to leave the city and enjoy the pleasures of country life. These songs gained added pathos in the period of the Industrial Revolution, when so many of the Lowland towns turned into smokey hell-holes.

John MacDonald - The Singing Molecatcher Of Morayshire (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

John MacDonald

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(c) Tannahill Weavers (1994)  (as "The Braes o' Balquhidder")

The Braes o' Balquhidder 

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(c) Sandy Paton (1959) (as "Wild Mountain Thyme")

Sandy Paton - The Many Sides Of Sandy Paton (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

Jac Holzman's Follow The Music: Elektra Records Discography 1951-1968

Quoting Sandy Paton on the Mudat Cafe: "I recorded it for Elektra Records in 1959 (and taught it to Judy Collins in that year when she and I worked together at the Exodus in Denver). I had learned it from a field recording made of the McPeakes which I found in the BBC Recorded Programmes Library which was then housed at the Cecil Sharp House in London".

(c) Judy Collins (1961)  (as "Wild Mountain Thyme")

Judy Collins - A Maid Of Constant Sorrow (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

Here's Judy singing an accapella version on Pete Seeger's "Rainbow Quest" show in 1966.


(c) Bob Dylan (1961)  (as "Wild Mountain Thyme")
Recorded May 1961 in Minnesota

The Minnesota Tapes - Bootleg CD-

Bob also performed the song in 1969 on the Isle of Wight Festival in the UK
And on June 22, 1988 in Cincinnati, Ohio

And here's Bob with Joan Baez live in 1975.

(c) Simon Sisters (1965) (as "Will You Go Laddie Go")

The Simon Sisters (Lucy & Carly)* - Winkin', Blinkin' And Nod (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod: The Kapp Recordings - Wikipedia

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(c) Joan Baez (1965)  (as "Wild Mountain Thyme")

Vinyl Album - Joan Baez - Farewell, Angelina - Vanguard - USA

Joan Baez - Farewell, Angelina (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

Here Joan performs the song live in Edinburgh in 1965.

(c) Marianne Faithfull (1965) (as "Wild Mountasin Thyme")
Released in 1965 on het album "Go Away From My World" (USA)

Vinyl Album - Marianne Faithfull - Go Away From My World - London - USA

Also released in 1966 on her album "North Country Maid" (UK)

North Country Maid | Marianne Faithfull

(c) The Byrds (1966) (as "Wild Mountain Thyme")

Vinyl Album - The Byrds - Fifth Dimension - Columbia - USA

(c) Fotheringay (1970) (as "Wild Mountain Thyme")
Released in 2008 on the CD "Fotheringay 2".

Fotheringay 2 - Wikipedia

(c) Van Morrison (1973)  (as "Purple Heather")
Released on the album "Hard Nose The Highway"

Hard Nose the Highway - Wikipedia

(c) Rod Stewart (1995)  (as "Purple Heather")
Released on the album "A Spanner In The Works".

CD Album - Rod Stewart - A Spanner In The Works - Warner Bros. - Europe

A Spanner in the Works - Wikipedia

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(c) Mark Knopfler (2002)
Released in 2002 on the soundtrack of "A Shot At Glory")

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(c) James Taylor (2015)  (as "Wild Mountain Thyme")

CD Album - James Taylor - Before This World - Concord - Europe

(c) Ed Sheeran (2017) (as "Wild Mountain Thyme")

Sheeran paying tribute to his Irish roots. (and maybe a bit Scottish too !)

More versions here:

Cover versions of Wild Mountain Thyme written by Francis McPeake,Robert Tannahill | SecondHandSongs

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - WILD MOUNTAIN THYME

NOTE: Robert Tannahill's "The Braes o'Balquhither" might have been inspired by John Hamilton's "The Braes O'Bowhether" (1796)

(13) Page 5 - Braes o' Bowhether - Glen Collection of printed music > Printed music > Collection of twenty-four Scots songs (chiefly pastoral) - Special collections of printed music - National Library of Scotland

dinsdag 10 oktober 2017

Girl in the Blue Velvet Band (1934) / Black Velvet Band (1950)


"The Black Velvet Band" (Roud number 2146) is a traditional folk song collected from singers in Australia, England, Canada, Ireland and the United States describing how a young man is tricked and then sentenced to transportation to Van Diemen's Land (Australia).

It was published as a broadside ballad by Swindells of Manchester some time between 1796 and 1853
An additional note says: Tune: "Tars Of The Blanch"

In this version the young man visited the little town of Barking and the girl with the black velvet band deceived him on Ratcliffe Highway, after which a judge sentenced him to a free passage to Van Diemen's Land.
Ratcliffe Highway is the old name for a road in the East End of London, now called The Highway, then one of three main roads leaving London. It was in a dangerous and run-down area of seedy businesses, dark alleys and dilapidated tenements.

Ballads Online

An American song called "The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band", credited to Cliff Carlisle, has a similar plot and is loosely based on "Black Velvet Band". Here the young man is tricked by a beautiful girl with a Blue Velvet Band and then sent to San Quentin prison.
It was recorded by Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Mac Wiseman among others, but Carlisle himself recorded it first in 1934.

(c) Cliff Carlisle (1934) (as "The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band")
Cliff Carlisle: Vocals, yodeling and steel guitar
Recorded August 28, 1934 in New York
Released on Romeo 5-12-61 and on Perfect 5-12-61

Cliff Carlisle - Georgia Moon / The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band (Shellac) at Discogs

On the label we see that William Ronald "Bill" Calaway, who was an A&R man for Bill Carlisle, gets a writing credit.

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(c) Tex Fletcher & Joe Rogers (1937)  (as "The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band")
Recorded June 2, 1937
Released on Decca 5403

TexFletcher.com Discography

Listen here: The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band

Hank Snow adapted the lyrics a bit and the song became a complete tearjerker.

GIRL IN THE BLUE VELVET BAND - Lyrics - International Lyrics Playground

(c) Hank Snow (1937) (as "The Blue Velvet Band")
Recorded November 8, 1937
Released on Bluebird B-4635

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(c) Bill Carlisle (1947)
Recorded October 1946 in Cincinnati OH
Released on King # 638

78 RPM - Bill Carlisle - The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band / Shine Your Light To Others - King - USA - 638

Here the sole writing credit goes to Cliff Carlisle (Bill's brother)

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(c) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys  (1949)
Recorded October 22, 1949 in Nashville TN
Released on the B-side of  Columbia # 20648

Bluegrass Discography: Viewing full record for Blue grass stomp / Girl in the blue velvet band

78 RPM - Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys - Blue Grass Stomp / The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band - Columbia - USA - 20648

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Listen here:   Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys.mp3

(c) Mac Wiseman (1959) (as "The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band")

Mac Wiseman - Great Folk Ballads (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

Listen here:  https://youtu.be/399WMWZe6oo?t=440

Starting in the 1940's the first recordings of "The Black Velvet Band", which was most likely the ORIGINAL source for "The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band", were released.

On May 10, 1942, Helen Hartness Flanders recorded Fred Brackett performing the song in Stacyville, Maine, USA



Listen here (at 15 min and 55 seconds in the MP3 file below:

 https://ia801207.us.archive.org/6/items/HHFBC_tapes_D26B/D26B sideA.mp3

D26B - archival cassette dub : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

On July 24, 1952, Peter Kennedy and Sean O'Boyle recorded Paddy Doran performing the song in Belfast.

Northern Ireland 1952 – Page 22 – Peter Kennedy Archive

It was released on a Folktrax cassette # FTX 168



folktrax-archive.org/menus/search for titles_bla_bli.htm

Puck Fair - Irish Tinker Singers, Vol III (Cassette, Compilation) | Discogs

On July 28, 1953, Peter Kennedy recorded Mick McAlinden performing the song in the Cloughmore Hotel in Rostrevor.

Northern Ireland 1953 – Peter Kennedy Archive

(c) Harry Cox (1955)  (as "The Black Velvet Band")
Recorded in 1955 by Ewan MaColl

Harry Cox

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(c) Ewan MacColl (1957)  (as "Black Velvet Band")
Ewan macColl: vocals,  with Peggy Seeger: guitar
Released on the album "Bad Lads and Hard Cases" (Riverside label RLP 12-632

Bad Lads and Hard Cases: Ewan MacColl at theBalladeers

Ewan MacColl - Bad Lads And Hard Cases

Also released on the Australian Wattle-label

Australian Folk Songs: Wattle Records and Films

45cat - Ewan MacColl And A. L. Lloyd - Convicts And Currency Lads - Wattle Recordings - Australia

A.L. Lloyd: Wattle Recordings of Australian Songs

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(c) The Bushwhackers (1957)  (as "Black Velvet Band")
Released on Wattle A11

78 RPM - The Bushwhackers - Black Velvet Band / The Hut That's Upside Down - Wattle Recordings - Australia - A-11

45cat - The Bushwhackers - Australian Bush Songs - Wattle Recordings - Australia

The Bush Music Club: The Bushwhackers - Australian Bush Songs, Wattle Recordings, 1957

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(c) The Wolfe Tones (1966)  (as "The Black Ribbon Band")

The Wolfe Tones - Up The Rebels! (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

mudcat.org: Lyr Add: The Black Ribbon Band

(c) John Kelly (1967)  (as "Black Velvet Band")  (No. 1 in the Irish Charts)

45cat - Johnny Kelly - Black Velvet Band / The Nightingale - Pye - Ireland - 7N 17322

Johnny Kelly (2) - Black Velvet Band at Discogs

(c) Dubliners (1967) (as "Black Velvet Band")  (No. 15 in the UK Charts)

45cat - The Dubliners - Black Velvet Band / Maloney Wants A Drink - Major Minor - UK - MM 530

(c) The Irish Rovers (1968) (as "Black Velvet Band")
Recorded July 31, 1967 in LA
Released on the B-side of their Top 10 US hit "The Unicorn"

Vinyl Album - The Irish Rovers - The Unicorn - Decca - USA

The Unicorn - Wikipedia

45cat - The Irish Rovers - The Unicorn / Black Velvet Band - Decca - USA - 32254

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(c) RUM (1972) (as "De Vuurrooien Band")

Rum (2) - Rum (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - BLACK VELVET BAND, THE

Cover versions of The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band by Cliff Carlisle | SecondHandSongs

woensdag 4 oktober 2017

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (1927) / Two White Horses In A Line (1931) / One Kind (Of) Favor (1952) / Sad And Lonesome Day (1935) / Vigilante Man (1940) / Lonesome Day (1944) / A Dying Man's Plea (1962)

"See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" is a song recorded by American blues musician Blind Lemon Jefferson in two slightly differing versions in October 1927 and February 1928 that became "one of his most famous compositions".


The most commonly used name for this song is "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean", but other titles used are: "One Kind Favor", "Two White Horses In A Line" and "Dig My Grave With A Silver Spade" or variations on these titles. The traditional/bluegrass song "Sad And Lonesome Day" is another variation of the song. Many recordings give writing credit to Blind Lemon Jefferson but it was an existing "folk spiritual" that Jefferson learnt as "Two White Horses In A Line". It is likely that a number of similar songs existed.


The following site mentions other possible sources:  http://www.earlyblues.com

Blind Lemon Jefferson's first version appears to have been issued as Paramount #12585, with matrix 4579 ("He Arose From The Dead") and matrix 20074 ("See That My Grave Is Kept Clean") coupled.
The same #12585 was re-issued coupling matrix 4579 and matrix 20073 ("Where Shall I Be ?").
Lemon Jefferson originally recorded this song under the pseudonym “Deacon L. J. Bates”

(o) Deacon L.J. Bates (=Blind Lemon Jefferson) (as "See That My Grave's Kept Clean")
Recorded October 1927 in Chicago.
Matrix 20074
Released on Paramount #12585

It's odd that on the  release coupling "Where Shall I Be ?" with "He Arose From The Dead", for the latter the matrix-number 20074 is used.


Riverside Records Discography: 1925-1930

See That My Grave's Kept Clean - Weeniepedia

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Wikipedia

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(c) Blind Lemon Jefferson (1928)
Recorded February 1928 in Chicago
Matrix 20374
Released on Paramount 12608


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On May 28, 1930 Son House also recorded a version of "See That My Grave is Kept Clean", which was never issued, but on the same day he used the melody for "Mississippi County Farm Blues".

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(c) Two Poor Boys (1931) (as "Two White Horses In A Line")
Recorded May 20, 1931 in New York City
Released on Oriole 8081
Also released on Perfect 182 and Romeo 5081

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It is generally assumed that in 1940 Woody Guthrie lifted the melody for "Vigilante Man" from the Carter Family's "Sad And Lonesome Day".


But on his turn "Sad And Lonesome Day" is a reworking of Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean".

(c) Carter Family (1935)  (as "Sad And Lonesome Day")
Sara and Maybelle Carter (vocal duet) / Sara Carter; guitar
Recorded May 7, 1935 in New York
Released on Conqueror 8735 and Melotone 7-04-53

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(c) Woody Guthrie (1940)  (melody used in "Vigilante Man")
Recorded April 26, 1940 in Camden, New Jersey
Released July 1940 on the 78RPM album "Dust Bowl Ballads Vol 2" on the B-side of Victor 26624



Vigilante Man - Wikipedia


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And in 1944 Woody also literally covered the Carter Family's "Sad And Lonesome Day".

(c) Woody Guthrie (1944)  (as "Lonesome Day")
Woody Guthrie: vocal/mandolin, Cisco Houston: vocal/guitar, Sonny Terry: harmonica
Recorded April 25, 1944
Matrix MA90
Released in 1952 on Stinson SLP 44

Woody Guthrie - Woody Guthrie, Vol. 1 (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs


(c) Lightnin' Hopkins (1952)  (as "One Kind Favor")
Recorded 1950/1951 in Houston Texas for the Quinn Recording Company
Producer: Bill Quinn
Released in 1952 on RPM # 359

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(c) Lightnin' Hopkins (1952)  (as "One Kind Of Favor")
Lightnin' Hopkins: vocal/guitar, Donald Cooks: bass
Recorded 1951 in Houston TX
Producer: Bob Shad
Released on Sittin' In With # 649

CD Album - Lightnin' Hopkins - The Remaining Titles - Volume I: 1950-1961 - Document - Austria

(c) Dave Van Ronk (1961)  (as "Please See That My Grave Is Kept Clean")


As Dave Van Ronk was Bob Dylan's "first New York guru", this might be the reason 1 year later Dylan also covered the song on his first album.

(c) Bob Dylan (1962)  (as "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean")

Bob recorded it again with the Band, which is included on The Genuine Basement Tapes.


This version was re-titled "One Kind Favor" on the Bootleg Series Vol 11; the Basement Tapes Complete

CD Album - Bob Dylan And The Band - The Bootleg Series Vol 11: The Basement Tapes Complete - Columbia - Europe


(c) Staple Singers (1962) (as "A Dying Man's Plea")
Recorded February 1962 in New York City

The Staple Singers - Hammer And Nails (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Peter, Paul and Mary (1964) (as "One Kind Favor"),

Vinyl Album - Peter, Paul And Mary - In Concert - Warner Bros. - USA

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(c) Canned Heat (1968) (as "One Kind Favor")

Vinyl Album - Canned Heat - Living The Blues - Liberty - USA

45cat - Canned Heat - Going Up The Country / One Kind Favor - Liberty - USA - 56077

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(c) Grateful Dead (as "One Kind Favor")
Recorded live on July 30, 1966 in Vancouver, Canada


CD Album - Grateful Dead - Grateful Dead - Rhino - Europe

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In November 2001 Lou Reed recorded a live version of "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean".
An abridged version was used on the soundtrack of the 2003 movie "Martin Scorsese presents The Blues - The Soul of a Man"

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

But here's the magnificent full 12 minute version.

In November 1999 Lou Reed had recorded an electrified version, which was released in 2006 on the Harry Smith Project.

In 2004 Mavis Staples recorded "A Dying Man's Plea", which she previously had recorded with the Staple Singers in 1962 (SEE ABOVE)

Mavis Staples - Have A Little Faith (CD, Album) at Discogs

In 2015 Mavis Staples recorded the song again as "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" for her album "Your Good Fortune".
It won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best American Roots Performance.

(c) Mavis Staples (2015)  (as "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean")

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NOTE: musically speaking "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" has a little resemblance to
"Loveless Love" / "Careless Love".

SEE: ----Joop's Musical Flowers: Kelly's Love (1911) / Loveless Love (1921) / Careless Love (1923)

And there's also a little resemblance to "Fare Thee, Honey, Fare Thee Well" / "I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing".

SEE: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2013/04/ill-see-you-in-spring-when-birds-begin.html

More versions of "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" here:

Cover versions of See That My Grave Is Kept Clean by Blind Lemon Jefferson | SecondHandSongs

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN

Grateful Dead Family Discography: One Kind Favor / See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson)

"See That My Grave Is Kept GREEN" is an example of a similar song.
Although it doesn't have much in common with Blind Lemon Jefferson's song, it does have the lines "This one little wish I ask of you, see that my grave is kept green."

The sheet music can be seen at the Historic American Sheet Music site.


In 1928 Bela Lam and his Greene County Singers recorded a version of "See That My Grave Is Kept Green".


Listen here: https://www.amoeba.com/music-player.php?type=track&id=11144331

And in 1933 The Carter Family also recorded a version of  "See That My Grave Is Kept Green".

Kelly's Love (1911) / Loveless Love (1921) / Careless Love (1923) / I Have No Loving Mother Now (1927) / Blues Oh Blues (1928)

"Loveless Love" / "Careless Love" is a traditional song of obscure origins.
It was one of the best known pieces in the repertory of the Buddy Bolden band in New Orleans, Louisiana at the very start of the 20th century, and has remained a jazz standard and blues standard. Hundreds of recordings have been made in folk, blues, jazz, country, and pop styles

Mentioned in 1911 in a transcription by Howard Odum in The Journal of American Folk-Lore, as "Kelly's Love", probably named after Chris Kelly, New Orleans trumpet player who like Buddy Bolden never recorded.


In volume 24 - July/September 1911 - no 93 of the Journal of American Folk-Lore transcription it is song # 42 on page 286.

42. kelly's love
In "Kelly's Love" the note of disappointed love is sounded:

| : Love, Kelly's love, : | (three times)
You broke de heart o
' many a girl,
You never break dis heart o
' mine.
| : When I wo' my aprons low, : | (three times)
Couldn't keep you from my do'.
| : Now I weahs my aprons high, : | (three times)
Sca'cely ever see you passin' by.
| : Now I weahs my aprons to my chin, : | (three times)
You pass my do', but can't come in.
| : See what Kelly's love have done. : | (three times)
See what Kelly's love have done.
: If I had listened to what my mamma said, : | (three times)
I would a been at home in mamma's bed.


And on page 256 Odum wrote: Likewise there is abundant material for comparing with well-known folk-songs or ballads of other origins. One may note, for instance, the striking similarity between the mountain-song — "She broke the heart of many poor fellows, But she won't break this of mine" — and the negro song " Kelly's Love," the chorus of which is, "You broke de heart o' many a girl, But you never will break dis heart o' mine."


Mentioned in 1915 in a transcription by E.C. Perrow in The Journal of American Folk-Lore, as "Careless Love", with a notation "From Mississippi; country whites; MS of R. J. Slay; 1909."
In volume 28 - April/June 1915 - no 108 of the Journal of American Folk-Lore transcription it is song # 3 on page 147.


As "Kelly's" and "Careless" have similar sounds, one is probably a corruption of the other; but which came first is not known.

In the book "Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues", there are also a few notes about the history of "Careless Love"

SEE: NOTES ON "Careless Love"

WC Handy was the first to publish this song in 1921 as "Loveless Love" - a Blues Ballad".
In 1926 Handy published it again as "Careless Love".

mudcat.org: Help: Careless Love / Bunch of Thyme

Careless Love (Blues)

Folk Music Index - Car to Caz

Careless Love

Careless Love - Wikipedia

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The first recorded version:

(o) Noble Sissle and his Sizzling Syncopators (1921)  (as "Loveless Love")
Recorded January-February 1921 in New York
Released on Pathe 20493 and Actuelle 020493

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(c) James P. Johnson (1921) (as "Loveless Love (a 'Blues' Ballad)"
Not a record but a piano-roll on QRS 1340
Recorded May 1921 in Newark, New Jersey.

Riverside Records Discography: early 20th century-1924

James P. Johnson

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(c) Katherine Handy (1922)  (as "Loveless Love")
Acc by her father's Memphis Blues Band.
Recorded January 1922 in New York
Released on Paramount 12011

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(c) Alberta Hunter 1923 (as "Loveless Love")
Acc by Henderson's Dance Orchestra
Recorded February 1923 in New York
Released on Paramount 12019

Alberta Hunter

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(c) Bessie Smith (1925)  (as "Careless Love Blues")
Bessie’s version used new lyrics by Martha Koenig and Spencer Williams and featured Louis Armstrong on cornet.
Recorded May 26, 1925 in New York City
Released on Columbia 14083-D

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(c) Lester McFarland and Robert L. Gardner (1926) (as"Careless Love")
Recorded October 16, 1926 in New York
Released onVocalion 5125


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(c) Dodds and Parham (1927)  (as "Loveless Love")
Johnny Dodds (clarinet) and Tiny Parham (piano)
Recorded April 1927 in Chicago
Released on the B-side of Paramount 12483 ("19th Street Blues" / "Loveless Love")


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(c) Lulu Jackson (1928)  (as "Careless Love Blues")
Recorded June 21, 1928
Released on Vocalion 1193


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(c) Lonnie Johnson (1928)
Recorded November 16, 1928
Released on Okeh 8635

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(c) Eva Parker (1928)  (as "Careless Love")
Recorded November 27, 1928 in Chicago.
Released on Victor V-38020.

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(c) (Asa) Martin and (James) Roberts (1934) (as "Careless Love")
Recorded August 29, 1934 in New York
Released on Perfect 5-11-63

Martin And Roberts* - Careless Love / Lillie Dale (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Leadbelly (1935)  (as "Careless Love")
Recorded January 20, 1935 in Wilton, Connecticut.
Matrix 52-A

Careless love | Library of Congress

Released in 1991 on the next Rounder-album

Lead Belly* - Midnight Special - The Library Of Congress Recordings, Volume One (CD) at Discogs

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(c) Cleoma Falcon (1936) (as "L’Amour Indifferent")
Cleoma Breaux Falcon: Vocals Guitar, Moise Morgan: Fiddle, Joe Falcon: Fiddle.
Recorded on March 12, 1936 in New Orleans.
Released on Decca 17024

Cleoma Falcon - Pin Solitaire / L'Amour Indifferent (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Georgia White (1937)  (as "Careless Love")
Recorded November 9, 1937 in Chicago
Released on Decca 7419

Careless Love / Strewin' Your Mess by Georgia White (Single; Decca [USA]; 7419): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

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Some 20 months earlier Georgia White had recorded "Tell Me Baby", which had the same melody as "Careless Love"

(c) Georgia White (1936) (as "Tell Me Baby")
Recorded January 16, 1936
Released on Decca 7152

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(c) Delmore Brothers (1938)  (as "Careless Love (Bring My Baby Back)"
Recorded January 26, 1938 in Charlotte, NC
Released on Bluebird B-7436

Delmore Brothers* - Goodbye Booze / Careless Love (Bring My Baby Back) (Shellac) at Discogs

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And here's the "composer", WC Handy, himself.
Recorded on December 26, 1939 in New York City

W. C. Handy's Orchestra - Loveless Love / Way Down South Where The Blues Begin (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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W. C. Handy - Loveless Love : W. C. Handy : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

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(c) Josh White (1940) (as "Careless Love")
Recorded March 7, 1940 in New York
Released on the 78 RPM album "Harlem Blues" on the Musicraft label (album #N3)


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(c) Billie Holiday (1941)  (as "Loveless Love")
Recorded October 15, 1940 in New York
Released on Okeh 6064

1940 sessions | Billie Holiday Songs

Billie Holiday - St. Louis Blues / Loveless Love (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Fats Domino (1950)
Antoine Domino(v/p), Dave Bartholomew(tp), Joe Harris)as), Clarence Hall(ts), Herbert Hardesty(ts), Alvin "Red" Tyler(bs), Ernest McLean(g), Frank Fields(b), Earl Palmer(d)
Recorded September 1950 in New Orleans
Released September 1951 on Imperial 5145


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(c) Anita Carter (1950)  (as "Careless Love")
Anita Carter (vcl), Chet Atkins [gt], Harold Bradley [gt], W. Robinson [steel], Ernie Newton [bass], John Gordy [piano]
Recorded 22 October 1950 (unissued at the time)
Released in 2004

(c) Pete Seeger (1958)  (as "Careless Love")


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(c) Nat King Cole (1958)  (as "Careless Love")



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(c) Dave Van Ronk (1959)


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(c) Joan Baez and Bill Wood (1959)  (as "Careless Love")
Recorded May 1959
Released on Veritas XTV 62202-3



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(c) Connie Francis (1961) (as "Careless Love")


(c) Ray Charles (1962)  (as " Careless Love")



(c) Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash (1969) (as "Careless Love")
Recorded on February 18, 1969 in Nashville


(c) Quincy Jones Orchestra (1986)  (as "Careless Love")
Vocals: Tata Vega
From the movie "The Color Purple"


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(c) Madeleine Peyroux (2004)  (as "Careless Love")


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(c) Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton (2011) (as "Careless Love")
Live from Jazz at the Lincoln Center


(c) Hugh Laurie (2013) (as "Careless Love")


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Many coverversions here:


The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - CARELESS LOVE

The following songs also took the melody from "Loveless Love"/ "Careless Love".

(c) Kelly Harrell and Henry Norton (as "I Have No Loving Mother Now")
Recorded August 12, 1927 in Charlotte, NC
Released on Victor 20935

Kelly Harrell - Henry Norton With Virginia String Band* - Row Us Over The Tide / I Have No Loving Mother Now (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Ma Rainey And Her Georgia Band (1928)  (as "Blues Oh Blues")
Shirley Clay (tp) Kid Ory (tb) unknown (tu) Claude "Hop" Hopkins (p) unknown (bj) Ma Rainey (vo) unknown male talking
Recorded in Chicago, IL, circa August, 1927
Paramount 12566

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Joshua White (1933) and Blind Willie McTell (1935) both recorded versions of "Lay Some Flowers on My Grave", which is melodically identical to "Careless Love". The lyrics are similar to "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"

(c) Joshua White (1933)  (as "Lay Some Flowers on My Grave")
Recorded November 13, 1933 in New York City
Released on Banner 32918, Conqueror 8271, Melotone m 12861, Oriole 8289,  Romeo 5289
and Perfect 0264

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(c) Blind Willie McTell (1935)  (as "Lay Some Flowers On My Grave")
Recorded April 25, 1935
Released on Decca 7810

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(c) Robert Johnson (1936)  (as "Last Fair Deal Gone Down")
Recorded Novemer 27, 1936 in San Antonio, TX
Released on Vocalion 03445
Also issued on Perfect 7-04-60 (900 copies) and Oriole 7-04-60 (60 copies) in April 1937.

78 RPM - Robert Johnson - 32-20 Blues / Last Fair Deal Gone Down - Vocalion - USA - 03445

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Papa Charlie Jackson uses the melody for his guitar-solo on "Mumsy Mumsy Blues"
Recorded February 1926 in Chicago
Released on Paramount 12366

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NOTE: musically speaking "Loveless Love" / "Careless Love" has also a little resemblance to "Fare Thee, Honey, Fare Thee Well" / "I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing".

SEE: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2013/04/ill-see-you-in-spring-when-birds-begin.html

And there's also a little resemblance to "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean".

SEE: ----Joop's Musical Flowers: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (1927)

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Mens(ch) Durf Te Leven / Memento Vivere (1917 / 1920)

"Mens(ch) durf te leven" ("Dare To Live, People") is the most famous song of singer/composer Dirk Witte. The song encourages people to enjoy life and not adjusting so many questions; and it also calls for not always following the calibrated paths, not adapting as slaves to the majority. Thematically, the text resists the so-influential social control, and against the acceptance of authoritarian morale.

In 1918 Leo Gestel painted a beautiful cover for the sheetmusic of this song, in which he assigned the song to Jean-Louis Pisuisse.

But there"s a rumour the music was actually written by Meyer Olman.

Zwartekat.nl - Was Meyer Olman de geheime componist van ‘Mens durf te leven’?

Jean-Louis Pisuisse first introduced "Mensch Durf Te Leven" in December 1917 in the Centraal Theater in Amsterdam.

In 1918 (amongst 12 other songs) he recorded the song (as "Memento Vivre") for His Master's Voice, but it was never released.

(o) Jean-Louis Pisuisse (1918)  (as "Memento Vivre")  NEVER RELEASED
Recorded August 18, 1918 in The Hague (Den Haag), Netherlands
With Jan Hemsing at the piano.
Matrix 20742u

SEE:  http://charm.rhul.ac.uk/discography/

The first recording to be released was by a one-time member of the Cabaret of  Pisuisse: Henri Wallig

(c) Henri Wallig (1920)  (as "Mensch Durf Te Leven")
Recorded December 6, 1920 in The Hague (Den Haag), Netherlands
Matrix s21822u (X7-32003)
Released on the Zonophone-label (# 3238)

SEE: http://www.charm.rhul.ac.uk/discography/

Listen here: https://lennartb.home.xs4all.nl/menschdurfteleven.ogg

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(c) Alex de Haas (1941)
with Dick Willebrandts, piano
Recorded October 1, 1941 for a Dutch Radio Broadcast
Released on the next album


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(c) Max van Praag (1958)
Released on the album "Dirk Witte Liedjes".

Dirk Witte liedjes by Max van Praag / Sonja Oosterman (Album): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

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(c) Willy Alberti (1962)
Released on Phlips single # 318 741 PF



Also released on Philips EP # 433 122 PE




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(c) Herman Tholen (1964)
Released on the album "Waar Blijft De Tijd".


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(c) Ramses Shaffy (1967)
Sung in the TV documentary about Jean-Louis Pisuisse: "Namen Die Je Nooit Vergeet", which was broadcasted on November 20, 1967 for KRO Television.

It was also published on the next album




(c) Willem Nijholt (1977)
Not released at the time, but finally released in 1998 on the next CD



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(c) Enny de Leeuwe, Ronnie Bierman, Henk van Ulsen, Fred Florusse and Cor Lemaire
Recorded live on September 25, 1975 at the Tingel Tangel Theater in Amsterdam.
Released on the album "Wim Ibo presents Onder De Bomen Van Het Plein".



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Thanks to Leo Heistek from Canada for the soundfile above.

(c) Frits Lambrechts (1987)
Released in 2002 on the CD: "Dringende Kwesties".


Also released in 2004 on the CD: "Portret"


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(c) Huub van der Lubbe with the Metropole Orkest (1999)
From the Dutch TV-programme "Samen over de drempel" broadcast on December 31, 1999, containing the most beautiful songs of the last century.

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(c) Amazing Stroopwafels (2000)
They had already recorded the song in 1988 for the album "Gaan Te Ver"
But here's a rocking version of the song in the Dutch TV-Show "Kopspijkers".

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(c) Jenny Arean (2002)
Recorded for the theater production "Klarenbeek en Verbrugge".



(c) Wende Snijders (2005)
Recorded January 26, 2005 for the TV-programme "De Avond Van Het Gedicht".

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(c) Wende Snijders (2008)
Wende performed the song again on the TV-programme "Een Nieuwe Jas - Live"

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(c) Jim de Groot & de Matangi's (2008)


Listen here:  Mens, Durf Te Leven! van Jim de Groot

In September 2015 the song (amongst all the 33 Dirk Witte composed songs) was performed before a live audience in the Forbo Flooringzaal of the Zaantheater in Zaandam (Netherlands) by Huub van der Lubbe.



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Here's an ad from the Dutch newspaper De Groene Amsterdammer dated November 20, 1920, with a few songs that Pisuisse recorded on the same date as "Memento Vivere".



Here's the complete TV documentary about Jean-Louis Pisuisse in which Ramses Shaffy sang "Mens Durf Te Leven"