Parallel Anthology Track 13

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Icon Public Domain.jpg Track 13: G B Grayson - Ommie Wise   Victor 21625; Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, 18.10.1927

Anthology Track 13 label.jpg

Record label assigns authorship to "G B Grayson", as does and Harry Smith's Anthology booklet, although does not assign authorship.

However, according to the Where Dead Voices Gather blog, "'Ommie Wise' marks the first song on the Anthology based on a verifiable historical event. In 1807, Naomi Wise was drowned by her lover Jonathan Lewis […] 'Ommie Wise' is a slightly fictionalized account of the murder, reportedly written shortly after the event itself. An early 19th century version of the text has been discovered."

The Roud Folksong Index classifies this song as a version of Roud 447, and a Roud number search obtains a number of versions collected prior to the recording of Grayson's version, dating as far back as 1874, and across a wide geographical area (N Carolina, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky).

In any case, according to wikipedia, Grayson died in 1930, meaning that this composition is public domain either as a traditional folk song or since 1st January 2001.

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Alternative Versions

Little Omie by Harrison Burnett    recorded in 1961: Max Hunter Collection
Naomi Wise by Paul Clayton    recorded in 1956 (according to this site): Spotify