:: Title :: Commentary by Bessie Jones on Possum-la
:: Genre :: commentary, dance, dance tune, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [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., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones 6/61
:: Date :: 6/26/1961
:: Reference Information :: T945.0, Track 2 (00:02:01)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The first of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Jones describes Possum-la as a swing more than a balling the jack dance. "Possum La, I don't see nothing but the 'simmon seed," she sings.
0 - Taken from text in "Step It Down": "In 1937 John. A and Alan Lomax recorded a version of this for the Library of Congress, sung by an African American girl from Alabama. The Lomaxes suggest that perhaps she was saying "pas-ma-la", a corruption of the French phrase referring to a dance step. Mrs. Jones's version, however, seems clearly focused on a fat possum up in a tree, happily gorging himself and littering the ground below with persimmon seeds." [Source: Step It Down]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962



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