Hally Wood 1960
In the spring of 1960, on a brief vacation to Puerto Rico, Alan Lomax paid a visit to Texas folksinger and longtime friend, Hally Wood, who was living in Rio Piedras with her then husband, Professor R. C. Stevenson. In one day they recorded 29 songs, most of them performed by Hally Wood, several by Alan and Hally together, and a few with Bernice Prentice who played the quills.
Harriet Elizabeth “Hally” Wood was born in 1922 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in a musical family, studying classical piano and singing. She became interested in folk music while attending the University of Texas in the early ’40s where she met and married John Henry Faulk. She went on to become a gifted transcriber and annotator much sought after in the folk music field. She collaborated with Alan Lomax, Mike Seeger, Sing Out, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Jean Ritchie, among many others. She died of cancer in Houston, Texas, in 1988, leaving one daughter, Cynthia Tannehill Faulk Ryland, with whom she collaborated on her last record, Songs To Live By.