:: Title :: Possum-La
:: Genre :: dance tune, game song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
:: 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 II 10/61
:: Date :: 10/3/1961
:: Reference Information :: T984.0, Track 1 (00:01:04)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The eighth of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - John. A and Alan Lomax recorded a version of Possum-La for the Library of Congress in 1937, sung by an African American girl from Alabama, conjecturing that the phrase may have come from the French 'pas-ma-la', a dance pass. Nevertheless, Jones' version is about a possum in a tree eating persimmons and dropping the seeds on the ground. [Source: Step It Down]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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