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New photo of bluesman Robert Johnson unearthed; only third photo in existence
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The new photograph turned up in an antique Winthrop desk, filled with odds and ends, bought in a 2013 auction by Donald Roark, a 64-year-old retired lawyer and professor in Pensacola, Florida.

In a cluttered draw was a three-by-five inch photo of four people seated at a public table, the man in question on the left.

"I guess it was because of the hat," Roark said, recalling his first glimpse of the picture, and his memory of the photo cover of the Robert Johnson album he owns. "I chuckled and thought that guy kind of looks like Robert Johnson."
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Because of Johnson's mysterious legacy, blues scholars are eternally skeptical of the emergence of new photos. A May 2015 article in Texas Monthly evoked a purported Johnson image—confirmed as the image currently in question--which scholars swiftly dismissed.

But Gibson, who won a Guiness World Record for most successful forensic artist, said that historical scholars are not qualified to make those assertions about photographs.

"These blues people are not specialists in facial structure. I am," she said. "They would not know a superciliary arch from a philtrum."

With only two sure photos of Johnson, shot in studio and documented at the time, a broad consensus on the authenticity of the newly-surfaced photo is unlikely.







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Reverend J.M. Gates and the Old Timey thread wish you a very merry Christmas!

"Did You Spend Christmas Day in Jail?" (1929)

"Death Might Be Your Santa Claus" (1926)







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Red River Dave - "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight" (1941)

A ship out on the ocean, just a speck against the sky
Amelia Earhart flying that sad day
With her partner, Captain Noonan, on the second of July
Her plane fell in the ocean far away

There's a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart
Farewell, first lady of the air

Half an hour later her SOS was heard
Her signals weak but still her voice was brave
In shark-infested waters her plane went down that night
In the blue Pacific to a watery grave

There's a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart
Farewell, first lady of the air

Now you heard my story 'bout this awful tragedy
We all pray she'll fly home safe again
In years to come, though others blaze a trail across the sea
Well ne'er forget Amelia and her plane

There's a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart
Farewell, first lady of the air




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I just spen an hour listening to about 15 songs in this thread!!



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I just spen an hour listening to about 15 songs in this thread!!
post some opinions on them

it's nice getting feedback every year or so


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Leadbelly - House of the Rising Sun

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Blind Willie McTell - Statesboro Blues

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Jim Jackson - "Old Dog Blue" (1928)

Old Blue's feets was big and round
Never 'lowed a 'possum to tech the ground
Me and Blue went out on a hunt
Blue treed a 'possum in a hollow stump
You know that Blue was a good old dog
Blue treed a 'possum in a hollow log
You know from that he's a good old dog

Old Blue died and I dug his grave
I dug his grave with a silver spade
I let him down with a golden chain
And every link I called his name

Go on Blue you good dog you
Go on Blue you good dog you
Blue laid down and died like a man
Blue laid down and died like a man
Now he's treein' 'possums in the promised land


Jim Jackson’s world



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Stop by and say hi






SAY BAW!


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Cleveland Simmons Group - "Histe Up The John B Sail" (aka "Sloop John B", 1935)
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"The John B. Sails" is a Bahamian folk song from Nassau. A transcription by Richard Le Gallienne was published in 1916, and a version was included in Carl Sandburg's The American Songbag in 1927. Since the early 1950s there have been many recordings; variant titles include "I Want to Go Home", "Wreck of the John B", and most famously, "Sloop John B," as recorded by American rock band the Beach Boys in 1966
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The song was transcribed by Richard Le Gallienne, with five verses and the chorus published in his article “Coral Islands and Mangrove-Trees” in the December 1916 issue of Harper’s Monthly Magazine (pp. 81–90). The first two verses and chorus were also published in Chapter IV of Gallienne’s 1917 novel Pieces of Eight.

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Carl Sandburg included the first three verses and chorus of "The John B. Sails" in his 1927 collection of folksongs, The American Songbag. He states that he collected it from John T. McCutcheon (a political cartoonist from Chicago) and his wife, Evelyn Shaw McCutcheon, who at the time owned Blue Lagoon Island, a Cay off of Nassau. The McCutcheons told him:
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Time and usage have given this song almost the dignity of a national anthem around Nassau. The weathered ribs of the historic craft lie imbedded in the sand at Governor's Harbor, whence an expedition, especially sent up for the purpose in 1926, extracted a knee of horseflesh and a ring-bolt. These relics are now preserved and built into the Watch Tower, designed by Mr. Howard Shaw (ed. note: Evelyn Shaw McCutcheon's father) and built on our southern coast a couple of points east by north of the star Canopus.



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I started listening to Lead Belly after the Nirvana cover.

Where did you sleep last night ? - Leadbelly

Great Music


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This is apparently the first recorded version (in French, 1953)

Terry Clement & His Rhytmic Five -
"Diggy Liggy Lo"


A later photo of The Clément Brothers, composed of Terry on accordion, Purvis on violin, and Grant on guitar

Image: https://i.imgur.com/jUJ4S0W.jpg


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Kelly Pace and Prisoners - "Rock Island Line" (1934)

Recorded by archivist John Lomax at the Cummins (Ark) prison camp.

Lead Belly accompanied Lomax on the trip; supposedly this is how he was introduced to the song.


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