zondag 22 april 2018

Under The Bamboo Tree (1902)

This song was written by Bob Cole and J. Rosamond Johnson.

By 1901, Bob Cole and Rosamond Johnson had put together a sophisticated vaudeville act. Dressed in evening clothes, Rosamond played classical works on the piano, then the pair sang their own compositions and ended the act with a soft-shoe routine by Cole. According to Rosamond, they were walking back uptown after a performance one day when he began to hum the African-American spiritual Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen. Hearing the song, Cole got the idea to rearrange it and work it into their act. When Rosamond objected that this was sacrilegious, Cole responded, "What kind of a musician are you anyway? Been to the Boston Conservatory and can't change a little old tune around." By the time Rosamond finally conceded, Cole had already written the words. The resulting song, Under the Bamboo Tree, sold over 400,000 copies, making it one of the biggest sellers ever.

Described as "the king of ragtime tunes", it was one of the most significant and succesful ragtime songs before 1910. Its setting is an African jungle where a Zulu and a dusky maid become convinced that two men can live as cheaply as one. Even though the lyric was authored by 2 African Americans, it would be found terribly offensive today.

The song was introduced in 1902 by Cole and Johnson. At that time the title of the song was "If You Lak-A-Me" (the first words of the chorus).
Cole's publisher suggested the change of title to "Under The Bamboo Tree"

J. Rosamond Johnson - Wikipedia

Bob Cole (composer) - Wikipedia

Marie Cahill, musical comedy-star, heard the song at a stage party and interpolated it in her musical "Sally in Our Alley" (1902), where she brought down the house with it; from then on this song became basic to her repertory.


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The first recording of this song was made by Artur Collins.
In July 1902 he recorded the song for Edison Records.
Released in November 1902 on Edison Gold Moulded Record # 8215.

Edison Gold Moulded Record: 8215.. Arthur Collins. | UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

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Arthur also recorded a few versions of this song in a duet with Byron G. Harlan.

(c) Collins and Harlan (1902)
Recorded end 1902 in New York
Released on Harvard 970, Columbia 970 and Oxford 970

Collins And Harlan - Under The Bamboo Tree (Shellac) at Discogs

Columbia matrix 970. Under the bamboo tree / Collins and Harlan - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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On June 25, 1903 Collins re-recorded the song for the Victor-label

(c) Arthur Collins (1903)
Released on Victor Monarch 1633


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(c) Mina Hickman (1903)
Recorded in 1903 in New York
Released on Zon-O-Phone C 5413

Zonophone matrix [Zo cat C 5413]. Under the bamboo tree / Mina Hickman - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) Harry MacDonough (1903)
Recorded February 27, 1903
Released on Victor 1993

Victor matrix [Pre-matrix B-]1993. Under the bamboo tree / Harry Macdonough - Discography of American Historical Recordings

On the same day MacDonough recorded a version in a dutet with John Bieling

(c) Harry MacDonough and John Bieling (1903)
Recorded February 27, 1903
Released on Victor Monarch 1998

Victor matrix [Pre-matrix B-]1998. Under the bamboo tree / John H. Bieling ; Harry Macdonough - Discography of American Historical Recordings


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In 1917 Marie Cahill, who initially made this song famous, finally recorded her version of "Under The Bamboo Tree".

(c) Marie Cahill (1917)
Recorded May 29, 1917 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 45125


Victor matrix B-20004. Under the bamboo tree / Marie Cahill - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) Orquesta de Pablo Valenzuela (1906) (as "La Patti Negra")

The songtitle was named after opera singer Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, who was named The Black Patti (La Patti Negra), because she was the African-American counterpart of the famous opera diva Adelina Patti.
Released on Edison Gold Moulded Record 18862

Edison Gold Moulded Record: 18862.. Orquesta de Pablo Valenzuela. | UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

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Part of the lyrics of "Under the Bamboo Tree" were used in T.S. Eliot's play in verse "Fragment of an Agon" (1927).

Under the bamboo
Bamboo bamboo
Under the bamboo tree
Two live as one
One live as two
Two live as three
Under the bam
Under the boo
Under the bamboo tree

T.S. Eliot – Fragment of an Agon | Genius


In 1943 Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien perform the song in the movie "Meet Me in St. Louis"


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(c) Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band (1945)
Recorded in Hollywood, CA, August 5, 1945.

78 RPM - Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band - Panama / Under The Bamboo Tree - Crescent - USA - 7

Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band* - Panama / Under The Bamboo Tree (Shellac) at Discogs

(c) The DeMarco Sisters (1950)
Released on King 15038

KING numerical listing discography - 15000 series

www.rocknroll-schallplatten-forum.de :: Thema anzeigen - DE MARCO SISTERS

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(c) Ken Colyer's Jazzmen (1959)
Recorded in London, August 5, 1958

Ken Colyer's Jazzmen - Colyer Plays Standards (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Papa Bue's Viking Jazzband (1960)
Recorded May 2, 1960

Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band - On Tour (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Clinton Ford (1962)

Clinton Ford - Who's Next In Line? (Vinyl) at Discogs

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Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minelli also sang "Under The Bamboo Tree"
Recorded in December 1999 live at New York's Palace Theather


(c) Liza Minnelli (2000)

CD Album - Liza Minnelli - Minnelli On Minnelli - Live At The Palace - Angel - USA

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The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - UNDER THE BAMBOO TREE

donderdag 19 april 2018

Ke Kali Nei Au (Waiting For Thee) (1926) / Here Ends The Rainbow (1951) / Hawaiian Wedding Song (1958)

"Ke Kali Nei Au" was written by Charles E. King in 1925 for his operetta, Prince of Hawai'i, first performed at the Liberty Theatre in Honolulu, May 4, 1925.
It was written as a duet for baritone and soprano. It translates as "Waiting Here For Thee."
King's version was not a wedding song in the first place, but one of several tunes written for his 1925 Hawaiian-language opera The Prince of Hawaii, which toured the mainland United States with King in 1926.
Introduced by the Royal Hawaiian Band, this song featured a duet by John Paoakalani Heleluhe and Lizzie Alohikea.

Hawaiian Wedding Song - Wikipedia

"Ke Kali Nei Au" was first recorded in 1928 in Honolulu as a duet with Helen Desha Beamer and Sam Kapu Sr. accompanied by the Don Barrientos Hawaiian Orchestra.

(o) Helen Desha Beamer and Sam Kapu Sr. (1928)  (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
Recorded in Honolulu on May 22, 1928
Released on Columbia 1583-D

Columbia matrix W146670. Ke kali nei au / Helen D. Beamer ; Don Barrientos Hawaiian Orchestra ; Sam Kapu - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Hawaiian Music Collection

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(c) Kalama's Quartet (1929) (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
Recorded September 10, 1929 in New Yrork
Released on Okeh 41306

OKeh matrix W402941. Ke kali nei au / Kalama Quartette - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Hawaiian Music Collection

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(c) Joseph Kanakau's Hawaiian Orchestra (1935)  (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
Recorded March 18, 1935 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Released on Victor 25035

Victor matrix BVE-89031. Ke kali nei au / Rosalie Flores ; Joseph Kamakau Hawaiian Orchestra ; Joseph Kamakau - Discography of American Historical Recordings

(c) Ray Kinney and his Hawaiians (1939)
Recorded January 1, 1939 in New York
Released on Decca 2349

Ray Kinney And His Hawaiians - Ke Kali Nei Au (Waiting For Thee) / Hualalai (Steamboat Hula) (Shellac) at Discogs

Hawaiian Music Collection

Listen to a sample here:  Ray Kinney_Ke Kali Nei Au.30Sec.mp3

(c) Hal Aloma and his Hawaiians (1944)  (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
Featuring the composer of this song, Charles King, as narrator.
Recorded February 7, 1944 in New York
Released on Decca 23513 (as part of album # A-429)

78 RPM - Hal Aloma And His Hawaiians - Hawaiian Favourites - Decca - USA

Ke Kali Nei Au (Waiting For Thee) : Hal Aloma and his Hawaiians : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

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In 1951 Johnny Burke wrote the lyrics for the first English cover-version of "Ke Kali Nei Au"

(c) Bing Crosby with Betty Mullin (1951) (as "Here Ends The Rainbow")
(English lyrics: Johnny Burke)
with Lyn Murray and his Orchestra
Recorded February 9. 1951 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 27595

A Bing Crosby Discography - part 1b - Commercial Recordings - The Decca Years

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(c) Alfred Apake and Patty Andrews (1952)  (as "Ke Kali Nei Au")
With Danny Stewart and his Islanders
Recorded May 22, 1952 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 28296

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(c) King Sisters (1957) (as "Hawaiian Wedding Song (Here Ends The Rainbow")

Vinyl Album - The King Sisters - Aloha - Capitol - USA

The King Sisters - Aloha (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

Despite the title this is sung in Hawaiian.

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In 1958 Al Hoffman and Dick Manning wrote new words for the song and as "Hawaiian Wedding Song".  This version was first recorded by the Mary Kaye Trio

(c) Mary Kaye Trio (1958)  (as "Hawaiian Wedding Song")
English lyrics by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning
Released October 1958 on Warner Bros 5015

45cat - Mary Kaye Trio - Mad Passionate Love / Hawaiian Wedding Song - Warner Bros. - USA - 5015

The Mary Kaye Trio - Hawaiian Wedding Song / Mad Passionate Love (Vinyl) at Discogs

Here's a 1962 version by the Mary Kaye Trio:

In the US, Andy Williams' version was released as a single in 1958 and reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 27 on the R&B chart.

(c) Andy Williams (1958)  (as "Hawaiian wedding Song")
English lyrics by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning
Recorded November 1958
Released  on Cadence 1358.

45cat - Andy Williams - The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au) / The House Of Bamboo - Cadence - USA - 1358

Andy Williams - The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au) / The House Of Bamboo (Vinyl) at Discogs

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In 1961 Elvis Presley recorded the song for the movie "Blue Hawaii".

Elvis Presley: Original Version Recordings of Songs He Sang

In the UK, a single version by Julie Rogers went to number 31 on the UK Singles Chart in 1965.

(c) Julie Rogers (1965) (as "Hawaiian Wedding Song")

45cat - Julie Rogers - Hawaiian Wedding Song / Turn Around, Look At Me - Mercury - UK - MF 849

Julie Rogers - Hawaiian Wedding Song (Vinyl) at Discogs

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The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - KE KALI NEI AU

Cover versions of Ke Kali Nei Au written by Charles E. King | SecondHandSongs

maandag 16 april 2018

Great Silkie of Sule Skerry (1852) / Grey Selchie of Sule Skerry (1957) / Silkie of Sule Skerry (1960) / Silkie (1962) / I Come and Stand at Every Door (1962)

The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry or The Grey Selkie of Suleskerry is a traditional folk song from Orkney. The song was collected by the American scholar, Francis James Child in the late nineteenth century and was published in 1886 as Child ballad number 113 in "The Child Ballads Vol 2"

Child Ballads - Narrative


Great Silkie of Sule Skerry, The [Child 113]

Francis James Child owed the belated recovery of this extraordinary ballad to his friend and co-worker William MacMath, who spotted it on page 86-89 in Vol 1 of the "Proceedings of the Scottish Society of Antiquaries" of 1852. Communicated by the late Captain F.W.L. Thomas, R.N.; written down by him from the dictation of a venerable lady of Snarra Voe, Shetland.

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland: Volumes


See also: Hibbert's "Description of the Shetland Islands" (1822) (pp. 566-571)


There are many different versions of the song, one of which is a part of the epic ballad, "The Lady Odivere".

mudcat.org: Lyr Add: The Lady Odivere


The Sule Skerry is a rock in the Atlantic about fifty miles southwest of Orkney. Within living memory it was frequented by large numbers of seals. Some of the verses of the ballad are still remembered in the islands of Orkney and Shetland, but the tune was very nearly lost. It was first noted down in 1938 by Dr. Otto Anderson, who heard it sung by John Sinclair on the island of Flotta, Orkney.
Dr Andersson said, “I had no idea at the time that I was the first person to write down the tune. The pure pentatonic form of it and the beautiful melodic line showed me that it was a very ancient melody that I had set on paper.”


Svenska - Uppslagsverket Finland

A full version of the words was sent to Dr Andersson by Miss Annie G. Gilchrist.
First published in 1947 on page 115 of the Budkavlen magazine #XXVI.
Reprinted on page 39 of the Budkavlen magazine #XXXIII, with a slightly different text, taken from an Orkney newspaper: The Orcadian June 11, 1934

In 1955 John Sinclair of Flotta, Orkney Islands, sang "The Grey Silkie" in a BBC recording made by Sean Davies on the anthology "Sailormen and Servingmaids - The Folk Songs of Britain Volume 6"( Caedmon 1961; Topic 1970). The album's booklet lists the date of recording erroneously as June 1964, three years after the album was released.

The Great Silkie of Sules Skerry (Roud 197; Child 113)

(o) John Sinclair (1961)  (as "The Grey Silkie")
Recorded in the Orkneys, July 1955.





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(c) Paul Clayton (1956)  (as "Silkie of Sule Skerry")

Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World - Smithsonian Folkways

From the liner-notes of Paul Clayton's album:

SIDE I, Band 6: THE GREAT SILKIE OF SULE SKERRY (Child #113) (Ballads of the Supernatural - see pages 27 to 30 ) The inhabitants of the Orkney Islands and the Hebrides tell numerous tales of the "silkies" or seal-folk. These enchanted creatures dwell in the depth of the sea but occasionally doff their sealskins and come upon land where they pass as ordinary men. Upon such occasions they are said to accept human partners (as in this ballad) and it is for this reason that many families in the islands trace their ancestry to "silkies". The silkies share in common with other enchanted folk the ability to forecast future events (see stanzas 12 and 13 in which the silkie foretells the marriage of the maid to a hunter who will shoot both the great silkie and his offspring). Except for some slight dialect changes, the version sung here by Paul Clayton is essentially that reported by R. M. Fergusson in Rambling Sketches in the Far North, 1883, page 140;


The tune was collected in Orkney by Professor Otto Andersson of Helsinki.


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(c) Cynthia Gooding (1957) (as "Great Selchie of Shule Skerry")

Cynthia Gooding - Faithful Lovers And Other Phenomena (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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In 1954 a new tune was written for this traditional song by Dr. James Waters of Columbia University in 1954.
Child was interested only in the texts of the ballads he collected, and Jim Butler explains that the Waters tune was "just the best I could do as a way to get a fine ballad sung".
Over the next 2 years, Butler introduced the ballad to the Boston area at a time when "hootnannies" filled the Great Court of MIT on a weekly basis (before recorded folk songs were widely available).
Jim Butler added the song to his repertoire, according to his notes, in October 1954, on a page labelled "MITOC Supp.", being the MIT Outing Club addition to his typewritten Child Ballads.
Jim Butler taught the song to several people, including Bonnie Dobson. This is the tune that Joan Baez popularized as "Silkie" in the early 1960s.

(c) Bonnie Dobson (1960) (as "The Silkie of Sule Skerry")

Vinyl Album - Bonnie Dobson - Sings She's Like A Swallow And Other Folk Songs - Prestige International - USA

Bonnie Dobson - She's Like A Swallow And Other Folk Songs (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Oscar Brand (1960) (as "Great Selchie of Shule Skerry")

Various - Newport Folk Festival, 1960 (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Joan Baez (1961) (as "Silkie")

Vinyl Album - Joan Baez - Joan Baez Vol 2 - Vanguard - UK

Joan Baez - Joan Baez, Vol. 2 (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

(c) The Highwaymen (1962) (as "The Great Silkie")

Vinyl Album - The Highwaymen - Standing Room Only! - United Artists - USA

(c) Judy Collins (1962) (as "Great Selchie of Shule Skerry")

Vinyl Album - Judy Collins - Golden Apples Of The Sun - Elektra - USA

Judy Collins - Golden Apples Of The Sun (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) The Homesteaders (1962) (as "The Silkie")

The Homesteaders - Railroad Bill (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

Vinyl Album - The Homesteaders - Railroad Bill - Riverside - USA

Richard L. Hess Web Pages - Judy Collins Early Recordings

The members of The Homesteaders are not identified on the record or the jacket, but the voice of Judy Collins is unmistakable, and the source for this, John Ross, indicates that Judy has confirmed being on it.

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(c) The Halifaxx Three (1963)  (as "The Great Silky")

The Halifax Three - The San Francisco Bay Blues And The Rest Of Our Best (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) The Big 3 (1964) (as "Silkie")

Vinyl Album - The Big Three (USA) - Live At The Recording Studio - FM [USA] - USA

The Big 3 - Live At The Recording Studio (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Gram Parsons (1964) (as "The Great Silkie")
Unreleased solo performance.

CD Album - Gram Parsons - The Early Years Vol. 1 & 2 - Sierra - USA

Listen to a sample here: The Early Years, Vols. 1 & 2 - Gram Parsons 

(c) John Denver (1968) (as "The Great Silkie")

Vinyl Album - Various Artists - Something To Sing About! - MOS - USA

Various - Something To Sing About! (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Trees (1970) (as "The Great Silkie")

Vinyl Album - Trees - The Garden Of Jane Delawney - CBS - UK

Trees (3) - The Garden Of Jane Delawney (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs


Vinyl Album - The Corries - Live At The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh - Columbia - UK

(c) Jean Redpath (1975)  (as "The Grey Silkie")

Jean Redpath - Jean Redpath (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Maddy Prior (1999) (as "Great Silkie of Sules Skerry")

Maddy Prior: Ravenchild

Maddy Prior - Ravenchild (CD, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Eyeless In Gaza (2000)  (as "The Silkie")

Eyeless In Gaza - Song Of The Beautiful Wanton (CD, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Roger McGuinn (2007)  (as "The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry")

Roger McGuinn's Folk Den » Blog Archive » The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry

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(c) Steeleye Span (2009) (as "The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry")

Steeleye Span - Cogs, Wheels And Lovers (CD, Album) at Discogs

(c) June Tabor (2011)  (as "The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry")

June Tabor - Ashore (CD, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Angelo Branduardi (2013)  (as "The Silkie")

Angelo Branduardi - Il Rovo E La Rosa (CD, Album) at Discogs

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In 1981 Angelo Branduardi has recorded this tune, with other lyrics written by Esenin, in his album Branduardi '81. The song is titled "La cagna" (SEE FURTHER ON IN THIS POST)

American folksinger Pete Seeger set the poem "I Come and Stand at Every Door", originally written as "Kız Çocuğu" in 1956 by Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, to the 1954 James Waters tune of "The Great Silkie".
According to Seeger, Jeanette Turner did a loose English "singable translation" of the poem under a different title, "I Come And Stand At Every Door", and sent a note to Seeger asking "Do you think you could make a tune for it?" in the late 1950s. After a week of trial and failure, this English translation was used by Seeger in 1962 with an adaptation of "an extraordinary melody put together by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student James Waters, who had put a new tune to a mystical ballad "The Great Silkie" which he couldn't get out of his head, without permission."

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - I COME AND STAND AT EVERY DOOR

(c) Pete Seeger (1962)  (as "I Come and Stand at Every Door")

The American rock band The Byrds sang it on their third album, Fifth dimension (1966).

The song was covered in 1991 by This Mortal Coil. on their album "Blood".

Joan Baez also sang "Kız Çocuğu" with its original Turkish lyrics by Nazım Hikmet to a different tune.

The Breton folk band Tri Yann also penned an adaptation in French called "Le Dauphin" (the dolphin) on their 1972 album Tri Yann an Naoned.

In 1981 Angelo Branduardi recorded this tune in his album Branduardi '81, with lyrics by Esenin. The song is titled "La cagna".

maandag 9 april 2018

Texas Rangers (1916) / Texas Ranger (1926) / Come All You Texas Rangers / Come All You Coal Miners (1937)

"The Texas Ranger", another ballad of the trail, is of the familiar "Come, all ye" pattern. It introduces an incident that is a reminder of the fact, that in the middle of the 19th century, the cowboys were useful to the on-coming settlers in repelling Indian attacks and in pushing the frontier westward.

Texas Ranger Division - Wikipedia



The words of this song were published in books by Mellinger Henry, Louise Pound, John A. Lomax, and others, but the tunes seem to be rare.

-Mellinger E. Henry, "More Songs From the Southern Highlands," The Journal of American Folk-Lore, v. XLIV (1931), pp. 85-87, "Come, all you Tennesseemen," 13 stanzas, no tune.

Folk Songs from the Southern Highlands - songbook P0449

Folk Songs from the Southern Highlands - songbook P0450

Folk Songs from the Southern Highlands - songbook P0451

-Louise Pound, American Ballads and Songs (1922), p. 163, no tune;


-John A. Lomax, Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads (1910), pp. 44-46, no tune;


But even before that, Henry Marvin Belden published the song in 1904.
In 1904, Harry Fore, one of Belden’s students from Gentryville, lent him a song manuscript dating from the 1870s in Gentry County. This included a 10 stanzas version of "Texas Rangers".
And already in 1903 Emma Simmons sent Belden thirteen songs from her native Carroll County, Arkansas, ao."Texas Rangers".



In an article in "The Journal of American Folklore" Vol. 25, No. 95 (Jan. - Mar., 1912), pp. 14-15, H. M. Belden states that "The Texas Rangers", despite its mention of Indians and the Rio Grande, is surely an echo of the great fight at the Alamo on March 6, 1835.


Belden also states that certain resemblances suggest that this was modelled on the British Ballad "Nancy of Yarmouth".


Albert H. Tolman and Mary O. Eddy in "The Journal of American Folklore" Vol. 35, No. 138 (Oct. - Dec., 1922), pp. 417-418

Sung to Miss Eddy by Mr. Summer, Canton, Ohio, learned by him about 1869.


In February 1939 in an article by Myra E. Hull in #1 of volume VIII of the Kansas Historical Quarterly the version has both words and music contributed by N.P. Power, Lawrence, February 18, 1938. He set the song down from memory as he heard it in 1876, while a cowboy on the John Hitson cattle ranch, eighteen miles north of Deer Trail, Colo. Mr. Power says that he has never seen the song in print and has no knowledge of the author. His version is much the earliest that Hull has found. This John Hitson is doubtless the one mentioned by T. U. Taylor (op. cit., p. 70) who drove cattle in 1868. Mr. Power thinks that the song here recorded was sung by Frank H. Long, whose father owned a ranch in Texas.


In 1939 the song is published in "Ballads and Songs of Southern Michigan"


In 1940 the song is published in "Ballads and Songs of Indiana"


In 1944 the song is published in Vol 57 of the Journal of American Folklore (pp 72-76)


Volume 2 of the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore gives us 4 versions:


The lyrics were set to various tunes in the folk process. But the tune most often used nowadays, was probably introduced by the Cartwright Brothers in1929.


(o) Ernest V. Stoneman (1926) (as "The Texas Ranger")
Recorded April 1926
Released on Okeh 45054 (as the B-side of "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down")

OKeh matrix 74109. The Texas Ranger / Ernest V. Stoneman - Discography of American Historical Recordings


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(c) Lester McFarland and Robert A. Gardner (1927)  (as "The Texas Ranger")
Recorded May 3, 1927
Released on Vocalion B 5177 and Brunswick 168

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(c) Harry "Mac" McClintock (1928)  (as "The Texas Rangers")
Recorded March 1, 1928 in Oakland, CA
Released on Victor 21487 and Montgomery Ward M-4784

Victor matrix PBVE-42044. The Texas Rangers / Mac [i.e., Harry K. McClintock] - Discography of American Historical Recordings


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(c) Cartwright Brothers (1929)  (as "Texas Ranger")
Recorded August 11, 1929
Released on Victor V-40198 and re-released on Bluebird B-5355 and Montgomery Ward M-4460

Cartwright Brothers - The Dying Ranger / Texas Ranger at Discogs

Cartwright Brothers - The Dying Ranger / Texas Ranger (Shellac) at Discogs

Cartwright Brothers - The Dying Ranger / Texas Ranger (Shellac) at Discogs


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Most of the versions below, use the melody of the Cartwright Brothers version.

In 1937 Alan Lomax recorded Sarah Ogan Gunning singing a miner's version of the song.

(c) Sarah Ogan (Gunning) (1937)  (as "Come All You Coal Miners")
Recorded on November 13, 1937 in New York City by Alan Lomax

Come all you coal miners | Library of Congress

Come All You Coal Miners · Alan Lomax Kentucky Recordings

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - COME ALL YOU COAL MINERS

Released on Various - Oh My Little Darling: Folk Song Types (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

Listen here: www.newworldrecords.org/media/fileImZcQ.mp3

Or here: https://ia801300.us.archive.org/23/items/afc1938008_1944A/205.mp3

In May 1939 Alan Lomax also recorded Sarah Ogan's sister, Aunt Molly Jackson, singing a version for the Library of Congress

(c) Aunt Molly Jackson (1939)  (as "The Texas Rangers")
Recorded in May 1939 in New York City by Alan Lomax


Listen here: https://ia800409.us.archive.org/15/items/AFC19390122556B/AFC19390122556B.mp3

(c) Sloan Matthews (1942) (as "The Texas Rangers")
on the album "Cowboy Songs, Ballads and Cattle Calls from Texas",
Library of Congress AFS L28, LP (1952), cut#A.05
Recorded in Pecos, Texas in 1942 (John A. Lomax)

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(c) Paul Clayton (1957)

Cumberland Mountain Folksongs - Smithsonian Folkways

(c) New Lost City Ramblers (1960) (as "Texas Rangers")

The New Lost City Ramblers - Vol. II (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Ian & Sylvia (1964)  (as "Texas Rangers")

Ian & Sylvia - Northern Journey (Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo) | Discogs

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(c) Hedy West (1967)  (as "The Texan Ranger")

Hedy West - Ballads (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Almeda Riddle (1977) (as "Come All You Texas Rangers")


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(c) Michael Martin Murphy (1990)

Michael Martin Murphey - Cowboy Songs (CD, Album) at Discogs

(c) Cordelia's Dad (1992)

Cordelia's Dad - How Can I Sleep? (CD, Album) at Discogs

(c) Jerry Douglas and Peter Rowan (1996)

Jerry Douglas & Peter Rowan - Yonder (CD, Album) at Discogs

(c) Katy Moffatt (2001)

Katy Moffatt - Cowboy Girl (CD) at Discogs

Part of the tune and the lyrics of   "(Come All You) Texas Rangers" were used in the traditional song: "(Come All Ye) Tramps And Hawkers" 
(See http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2014/08/come-all-ye-tramps-and-hawkers-1890s.html )

dinsdag 3 april 2018

Kaua I Ka Huahuai (1860) / Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (1934) / Hawaiian War Chant (1936) / Het Goudgele Strand (van Ameland) (1958) / Pa dat doen we (1968)

This is a love ballad supposedly written in 1860 by Prince William Pitt Leleiōhoku (1854-1877), the brother of Queen Liliuokalani who was the composer of "Aloha Oe")

SEE NEXT LINK: ----Joop's Musical Flowers: Aloha Oe (1878)

Hawaiian War Chant - Wikipedia

Kaua I Ka Huahuai

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - KAUA I KA HUAHUA'I

Under the original title, the song was recorded around June 1911 by the Crowel Glee Club, and released by Columbia Records (Columbia Y29) (coupled with "Akahi Hoi" by Mr. Tullet & Mr. Kaiwi)
(according to Hawaiian & Hawaiian Guitar Records 1891 - 1960)

This version is on my wish-list

The first recorded version I could find is:

(o) Hawaiian Quintette (1913) (as "Kaua I Ka Huahuai")
Recorded April, 18, 1913 in Camden, New Jersey
Matrix B-13169-1
Released on Victor 65339

Victor matrix B-13169. Kaua i ka huahuai / Hawaiian Quintette - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Browse All Recordings | Kaua i ka huahuai, Take 1 (1913-04-18) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

Hawaiian Quintette - Kaua I Ka Huahuai / Wailana (Shellac) at Discogs

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The same recording was re-released in 1919 as by the "Hawaiian Troupe" on Victor 18568

VICTOR 78rpm numerical listing discography: 18500 - 19000

Johnny Noble, leader of the Moana Hotel band in Waikiki Beach, managed to copyright this song in '29 under new title "Ta-hu-wa-hu-wai" without substantial alterations, apart for some jazz accents in the arrangement.

(c) Andy Iona and his Islanders (1934) (as "Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (A Hawaiian War Song)")
Recorded August 29, 1934
Matrix LA 188
Released on Columbia 2962-D

Hawaiian Music Collection

Re-released on Columbia 35524 as "Hawaiian War Song"

Listen here: Hawaiian War Song (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I) - Andy Iona.mp3

Hawaiian War Song (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I) : Andy Iona : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

2 years later (on September 30, 1936) Andy Iona re-recorded the song for the Decca-label

78 RPM - Andy Iona And His Islanders - Ta-Hu-Wa-H-Wa-I (Hawaiian War Chant) / Maui Girl - Decca - USA - 1100

Listen here: Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I - Andy Iona And His Islanders.mp3

Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I : Andy Iona And His Islanders : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

(c) Harry Owens (1937)  (as "Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (Hawaiian Laughing Song)")
Recorded April 15, 1937 in Los Angeles
Matrix DLA 777
Released on Deca 1381

78 RPM - Harry Owens And His Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra - Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I / If Your Aloha Means I Love You - Decca - USA - 1381

(c) Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (1939)  (as "Hawaiian War Chant")
Recorded November 29, 1938
Released on Victor 26126

Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra - Midnight On The Trail / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs

Listen here: Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-hu - Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra.mp3

In 1939 the Merry Macs scored their first US Hit with a version of this song.

(c) The Merry Macs (1939) (as "Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (Hawaiian War Chant)")
Recorded February 24, 1939 in New York
Released on Decca 2333.

The Merry Macs - Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (Hawaiian War Chant) (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Felix Mendelssohn and His Hawaiian Serenaders  (1945) (as "Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)"
featuring Harry Brooker on the Electric Hawaiian Guitar and Kealoha Life on vocals

Felix Mendelssohn And His Hawaiian Serenaders* - My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs

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In 1946 Spike Jones scored a US Top 10 Hit with his novelty version of the song (which also included an "Aloha Oe"introduction)

(c) Spike Jones (1946) (as "Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)"

Spike Jones And His City Slickers / Spike Jones & His Wacky Wakakians* - The Glow-Worm / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs

78 RPM - Spike Jones And His City Slickers - The Glow-Worm / Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - RCA Victor - USA - 20-1893

Spike Jones Murders Them All

Listen here: Hawaiian War Chant ( - Spike Jones and his Wacky Wakakians.mp3

(c) Jo Stafford (1951)
Recorded July 1951
Released on Columbia 39529

Jo Stafford - Kissin' Bug Boogie / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs

45cat - Jo Stafford - Kissin' Bug Boogie / Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - Columbia - USA - 4-39529

Listen here: Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - Jo Stafford.mp3

The Ames Brothers also scored a US hit with their version.

(c) Ames Brothers (1951) (as "Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)"

The Ames Brothers - Sweet Leilani / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs

45cat - Ames Brothers - Sweet Leilani / Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - Coral - USA - 9-60510

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In 1958 Johnny Kraaykamp en Rijk de Gooyer used the Ta-Hu-Wa chant at the beginning and at the end of their song "Het Goudgele Strand van Ameland".
They recorded the song in the attic studio of Pi Veriss. Both text and music were written by Pi Vèriss and Ad van der Gein (Cocktail Trio), but Rijk and Johnny also contributed and are therefore mentioned as co-composers.
Theo Ehrlicher, who played with the Kilima Hawaiians from 1946 until the end of 1958, joined on Hawaiian guitar on this version.

45cat - Rijk de Gooyer en Johnny Kraaykamp - Het Goudgele Strand (Van Ameland) / Ome Lowie En Tanta Jet - Telefunken - Netherlands - UH 9264

Rijk de Gooyer En Johnny Kraaykamp* - Het Goudgele Strand (Vinyl) at Discogs

(c) Kilima Hawaiians (1966)

45cat - The Kilima Hawaiians - Tigershark / Hawaiian War-Chant - CBS - Netherlands - 2358

De Kilima Hawaiians - Tigershark (Vinyl) at Discogs

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(c) Het Leedy Trio (1968) (as "Pa dat doen we")
Dutch lyrics by Bert Bibaz

Het Leedy Trio - Rel Del Del (Vinyl) at Discogs

Rel del del / Pa, dat doen we (ta-huwa) by Het Leedy Trio (Single): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

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The muppets perform the "Hawaiian War Chant" in 1979

Tracks on Jim Henson's Muppet Show Music Album - The Muppets (1979) | SecondHandSongs

"Hawaiian War Chant" was also sung by Nathan Lane (the voice of Timon) in The Lion King (1994)

Hawaiian War Chant | The Lion King Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia

Hawaiian War Chant | Disney Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia

The Spike Jones version of the song was sampled on the 2011 Gorillaz album The Fall, on the song “The Parish Of Space Dust”.

Gorillaz's 'The Parish of Space Dust' sample of Spike Jones and His Wacky Wakakians's 'Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)' | WhoSampled

More coverversions:

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - KAUA I KA HUAHUA'I

Cover versions of Kaua i ka huahua'i written by Leleiohoku,[Traditional] | SecondHandSongs