Difference between revisions of "Parallel Anthology Track 24"

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== Alternative Versions ==
 
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'''Casey Jones (The Union Scab)''' ''by Pete Seeger''    album released in 1957: [http://open.spotify.com/track/2ZwOJhbKNJhe9Ip9rGo409 Spotify]
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''[http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40058.pdf Liner notes] for this album date this version of this song to 1909, when it was copyrighted by Tallifero Sibert and Eddie Newton. No information is available about these writers.''
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''No claim to arrangement credit for Seeger is made.''
  
 
  '''Casey Jones''' ''by Mrs. Laura McDonald and Reba Glaze''    recorded in 1958: [http://maxhunter.missouristate.edu/songinformation.aspx?ID=211 Max Hunter Collection]
 
  '''Casey Jones''' ''by Mrs. Laura McDonald and Reba Glaze''    recorded in 1958: [http://maxhunter.missouristate.edu/songinformation.aspx?ID=211 Max Hunter Collection]

Revision as of 12:57, 12 July 2013

Icon Unknown Status.jpg Track 24: Furry Lewis - Kassie Jones   Victor 2166-A&B; Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, 28.8.1928


Anthology Track 24 label.jpg

Record label assigns authorship to "F Lewis" as does Harry Smith's Anthology booklet, victor.library.ucsb.edu and www.78discography.com.


According to wikipedia, Lewis died in 1981, which would put this composition in copyright until 1st January 2052.


The Roud Folksong Index classifies this song as a version of Roud 3247. A Roud number search returns several results which predate Lewis's recording, dating from as early as 1905 and ranging across several states (Mississippi, W Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee).


According to the Where Dead Voices Gather blog:

John Luther "Casey" Jones was a railroad engineer who worked on the Illinois Central Railroad. He was killed on April 30, 1900 when the passenger train he was driving collided with a stalled freight train at Vaughn, Mississippi.

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The ballad commemorating Jones's death was reportedly written only days afterward by Wallace Saunders, a black railroad worker and a friend of Jones. The song has been recorded numerous times and in numerous variations. The story has also inspired other unrelated songs, such as the song "Casey Jones" by the Grateful Dead.

Lewis's version differs significantly with Saunders' original, being apparently adapted from the African-American railroad song "Charley Snyder" and the hobo song "Jay Gould's Daughter."


So, despite the claim to authorship on the label, the song seems to be constructed from a variety of public domain elements.


Parallel anthology main index page


Alternative Versions

Casey Jones (The Union Scab) by Pete Seeger    album released in 1957: Spotify
 
Liner notes for this album date this version of this song to 1909, when it was copyrighted by Tallifero Sibert and Eddie Newton. No information is available about these writers.
No claim to arrangement credit for Seeger is made.
Casey Jones by Mrs. Laura McDonald and Reba Glaze    recorded in 1958: Max Hunter Collection
 
Field recording
Casey Jones by Mr. T. R. Hammond    recorded in 1958: Max Hunter Collection
 
Field recording