A Thanksgiving program hosted by Alan Lomax, exploring the history of the holiday and America's spiritual music traditions.
:: Note 1 ::
Alan Lomax talks about how throughout American history the date of the Thanksgiving holiday has frequently been shifted around. Spiritual music is appropriate for this day, which is about thanking Providence. Half of American folk music is religious.
Among the highlights: Merle Travis's "I am a Pilgrim" is sung to swinging guitar accompaniment (by Josh White) and chorus; Jo Stafford sings an orchestrated version of "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger."
Thanksgiving, part 1
[Ezekial Saw The Wheels A' Rolling], [I Am A Pilgrim], [I Am Bound For The Promised Land], [I Wonder As I Wander], [Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho], [On Top Of Old Smokey], [That Shepherd Boy], [The Prodigal Son]
[Lomax, Alan], [Niles, John Jacob], [Tharp, Sister Rosetta], [The Golden Eagle Gospel Singers], [The Royal Harmonaires], [Travis, Merle]
Engineer notes: Extended region #1, "Thanksgiving Part 1" (now TD191R01) from
0:15-15:36 to 0:15-15:42 segment 15:42-15:52 is irrelevant (record stuck on groove).
Original notes read: Mutual reference recording, "Thanksgiving" part 1. Alan Lomax, host of program featuring folk music on disc, recording skips at the end of session.
Thanksgiving, part 2
[I Am A Poor Wayfaring Stranger], [The Love Comes Tumbling Down], [Unidentified 15th Century European Cathredal Hymn], [Unidentified African drum celebration], [Unidentified Jewish Cantorial song with organ], [Unidentified processional song from Seville and female flamenco singer], [Up Above My Head], [We're Gonna Have A Good Time]