:: Title :: Old Bill Rolling Pin
:: Genre :: children's song, slavery song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie [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 10 (00:01:55)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The first of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - From "Step It Down": Old Bill was a "patteroller," an armed guard that patrolled the roads at night, enforcing the pass system that required African Americans to show a pass when they wanted to leave their plantations during slavery. This song was made to make fun of Old Bill, who had big eyes and a double chin like Mister Frog, whose courting song the chorus recalls. [Source: Step It Down book]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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