:: Title :: Darling Corey
:: Genre :: ballad, old-time
:: 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 II 5/49
:: Date :: 5/13/1949
:: Reference Information :: T1018.0, Track 6 (00:02:18)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session consists of more ballads, comic songs, game songs and children's nursery rhymes. Commentary is provided by Ritchie regarding the significance of many of these tunes.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Notes on tape box read: "mistake corrected." This song, a favorite of folk revival singers during the 1950s and 1960s, is usually known by the title given here - though, as folklorist Leonard Roberts noted in his book Sang Branch Settlers, it has a variety of other, less commonly used titles. A version collected by Cecil Sharp in Burnsville, North Carolina, in 1918 has the title "The Gamblin' Man," but is unclear whether that title came from Sharp's informant, Mrs. Clercy Deeton, or from Sharp himself. The same is true of "Hustling Gamblers," collected by Josiah H. Combs in 1913 in Hindman, Kentucky; and this confusion also exists for other reported titles. The most consistent elements in this lyric song are the command for the girl to wake up and the comments about the first or last time the narrator has seen her. Many versions also contain the lines about digging a hole in the meadow or ground. Although most versions emphasize the protagonist's waking, the following verse Sharp collected from Mrs. Deeton does not: "Last night as I lay on my pillow / Last night as I lay on my bed / Last night as I lay on my pillow / I dreamed little Bessie was dead." Probably the first commercial recording of "Darling Corey" was by Buell Hilton Kazee, who cut a version in New York City, April 20, 1927, for the Brunswick label. (Excerpt from Southern Mountain Folksongs, compiled and edited by W. K. McNeil.) [Source: Tape Box]
0 - Buell Kazee recorded the first commercial version of this song for Brunswick in 1927. Other versions that have surfaced include, "The Gamblin' Man" (Burnsville, NC, collected by Cecil Sharp,1918), and "Hustling Gamblers" (Hindman, KY, collected by Josiah H. Combs,1913), but these titles may have been given to the songs by the collectors. (Source: Southern Mountain Folksongs, compiled and edited by W. K. McNeil, 1988). Bill and Charles Monroe's version, recorded as a single in 1936, was included in John A. Lomax's "Smoky Mountain Ballads" album (Victor, c. 1942). The song was a favorite of the folk revival of the 1950s and 60s and was sung by Burl Ives, on his album "The Wayfaring Stranger, Pete Seeger, and others. [Source: Southern Mountain Folksongs]
:: Collection :: Jean Ritchie 1949 and 1950

 

 

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