:: Title :: Old King Cole
:: Genre :: game song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Ritchie, Jean [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Appalachian, Kentucky
:: Session :: Jean Ritchie I 5/49
:: Date :: 5/5/1949
:: Reference Information :: T1016.0, Track 5 (00:00:58)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Notes on tape box (for session 1016) read: "Game songs" [Source: Tape Box]
2 - Session 1016 is comprised of game songs. Many of them are playparty games. Session 1017 is included as well as both sessions were recorded on May 5, 1949. 1017 returns primarily to ballads and love songs.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Although Jean Ritchie's mother was known as the singer of the family, her father also knew hundreds of songs, although he was far shyer about singing them. " I'd ask him to sing 'Darby Ram,' or one or another of Mom's songs, and he'd study awhile and say, 'Well, now, I don't think I rightly know the words straight to that'n. But do you know the one about Old King Cole, him that eat corn bread till his head turned red?' And then he'd light out on one of his play songs that I had never heard before, and he'd remember just how the game was played, too, and describe it to me." --Singing Family of the Cumberlands [Source: Singing Family of the Cumberlands]
:: Collection :: Jean Ritchie 1949 and 1950

 

 

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