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American Folk Music
Geoff Grainger
Last updated: 05.06.22
Yankee Doodle (Wilfried's Favourite!)
At the present time I don't sing these songs very often. Whilst still in the Idle Fellows, Wilfried Drygala, who was especially interested in and had a wide knowledge of American folk music, and Brian Kelly sung them mostly, my part being limited to looking intelligent and providing an unobtrusive backing. "Banks of the Ohio" is well known in Germany and that is probably the song that I now sing the most.
My first recollections of American folk music outside school and the family concern Burl Ives who I quite enjoyed as a child. Another source was a class-mate at grammar school who was a Lonnie Donegan fan (an English skiffle and jazz musician, popular in the 1950's) and an imitator. I well remember him entertaining us with the latest hits such as "Rock Island Line", "The Wabash Cannon Ball" et al during lunch breaks and we, the keen listeners, joining heartily in the choruses.

Geoff Grainger, Bremen-Vegesack, January 2001

  Title Composer Performer Instruments/Issue
  MP3 File(s)      
audioextmp315.gif Arkansas Traveler, The Traditional L. Spencer
George Schweinfest
Columbia Phonograph Company: 11098
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Arkansas Traveler   Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif Beautiful Dreamer   Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif Clementine   Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif Donna, Donna   Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif Froggie went a-courtin   Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen T.P. Westendorf Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif Pick a bale of cotton   Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif She'll be coming round the mountain   Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif Skip to my Lou   Unknown
audiomidi15.gif Sweet Genevieve H. Tucker Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif There is a house in New Orleans   Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif Way down upon the Swanee River   Unknown
audiomidi15.gif When Johnny comes marching home   Frank Petersohn
audiomidi15.gif Yankee Doodle   Frank Petersohn
     Title Audio Files Remarks
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flag15us.gif Arkansas Traveler  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Asleep in the Deep   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Banks of the Ohio   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Beautiful Dreamer  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Big Rock Candy Mountain, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Black is the color of my true love's hair   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Blowin' in the wind   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Blue Moon   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Bridge Over Troubled Water   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Bye Bye Blues   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Camptown Races   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Careless Love   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Clementine  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Corinna   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif  Cripple Creek   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Cumberland Gap   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Devil and the farmer's wife, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Devilish Mary   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Donna, Donna  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Dust in the Wind   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif El Paso   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Elements, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Erie Canal   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Every night when the sun goes in   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Farewell Angelina   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Farmer is the man, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Four Walls   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Froggie went a-courtin  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Go to Work on Monday   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Goodnight Sweetheart   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif  Grandfather's Clock   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Guy is Guy, A   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Home in Pasadena   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif I hold your hand in mine dear   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gifpdf15.gif
flag15us.gif I'm a getting ready to go   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif If I had a hammer   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Irish Ballad, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Jeanie with the light brown hair   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Joe Bowers   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Joe Hill   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif John Riley   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Lemon Tree   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Music! Music! Music!   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Nellie Gray   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Oh, Susanna   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif  Ol' Man River   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Old Rustic Bridge, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Pick a bale of cotton  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Prohibition Blues   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Puff the magic dragon   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Shawneetown   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif She'll be coming round the mountain  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Skip to my Lou  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sound of silence   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Summertime   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sweet Betsy   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sweet Genevieve  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sweet Georgia Brown   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Tea for Two   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif There is a house in New Orleans  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Universal Soldier, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif  Wabash Cannon Ball, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Way down upon the Swanee River  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Wayfaring stranger   nscore.gifnlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif We shall overcome   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif When Johnny comes marching home  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Where have all the flowers gone   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Working on the New Railroad   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Wreck of the Number Nine, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Yankee Doodle  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
     Title Performer Composer
youtube15.jpg A Fool There Was (1915) (1:06:39) Theda Bara
youtube15.jpg A Guy is Guy (2:42) Dorris Day
youtube15.jpg All I Want to Do-Do-Do Is Dance (2:35) Marilyn Miller J.A. Burke
youtube15.jpg Am I Blue? (4:09) E. Waters H. Akst
youtube15.jpg Arkansas Traveler (2:37) Pete Seeger
youtube15.jpg Asleep in the Deep (1897) (4:07) Fred Feild H.W. Petrie
youtube15.jpg Asleep in the Deep (1930) (6:13) P. Dawson H.W. Petrie
youtube15.jpg Banks of the Ohio (3:13) Olivia Newton-John
youtube15.jpg Beautiful Dreamer (3:24) Jonathan Guyot Smith & Stephen Sasloe S. Foster
youtube15.jpg  A Beautiful Waste of Time (2:40) M. Small V. Mizzy
youtube15.jpg Belle of the Plains (2:37) Ragtime Dorian Henry L.B. Bitz
youtube15.jpg Big Rock Candy Mountain (2:36) Burl Ives
youtube15.jpg The Bird On Nellie's Hat (2:07) H. Trix A. Solman
youtube15.jpg Black is the color of my true love's hair (2:48) Joan Baez
youtube15.jpg Blowin' in the wind (2:37) Bob Dylan
youtube15.jpg Blue Moon (3:17) E. Fitzgerald R. Rodgers
youtube15.jpg A Chip of the Block (2:11) H. Trix W.H. Squire
youtube15.jpg The Coffee Song (2:17) M. Small B. Hilliard
youtube15.jpg Cripple Creek (2:56) Billy Connolly
youtube15.jpg  Devil and the farmer's wife (3:46) Atwater Donnelly Trio
youtube15.jpg Devilish Mary (1:16) Pete Seeger
youtube15.jpg Diga Diga Doo (1931) (2:57) H. Trix J.F. McHugh
youtube15.jpg El Paso (4:43) Marty Robbins
youtube15.jpg Every night when the sun goes in (2:44) Shelby Flint
youtube15.jpg Farewell Angelina - 1965 (3:16) Joan Baez
youtube15.jpg The Farmer is the man (1:47) Pete Seeger
youtube15.jpg Four Walls (2:30) Jim Reeves
youtube15.jpg George Lewis and Acker Bilk - Corine Corinna - May 1965 (3:33) Acker Bilk
youtube15.jpg Go to Work on Monday (5:52) Roy Bailey
youtube15.jpg  Goodnight Sweetheart (1:51) Psycho-Chor der FSU Jena C. Carter
youtube15.jpg Grandfather's Clock (2:23) Burl Ives H.C. Work
youtube15.jpg He's a Nice Boy (1927) (1:53) Edith Clifford B. Foy
youtube15.jpg Home in Pasadena (3:07) The Temperance Seven
youtube15.jpg The Home Road (3:14) Ernestine Schumann-Heink J.A. Carpenter
youtube15.jpg Honey (2:21) M.M. Hunt S.B. Simons
youtube15.jpg House of the Rising Sun - 1960 (2:58) Joan Baez
youtube15.jpg I hold your hand in mine dear (2;24) Tom Lehrer
youtube15.jpg I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (3:12) Josef Locke
youtube15.jpg I'm a getting ready to go (2:57) Riley Pucket
youtube15.jpg  If I had a hammer (1:58) Peter Paul and Mary
youtube15.jpg If I Had A Hammer (1956) (2:30) Pete Seeger
youtube15.jpg The Irish Ballad (5:28) Tom Lehrer
youtube15.jpg Molly Malone Is Your Mother In (1:57) H. Trix A.J. Mills
youtube15.jpg Jeanie with the light brown hair (3:01) John McCormack S. Foster
youtube15.jpg Joe Bowers (4:56) Pat 'N Rob
youtube15.jpg Joe Hill (3:24) Joan Baez
youtube15.jpg John Riley (3:50) Joan Baez
youtube15.jpg Johnny Zero (2:42) M. Small V. Lawnhurst
youtube15.jpg Learning How to Love (3:06) Edith Clifford B. Rose
youtube15.jpg  Lemon Tree (2:56) Peter Paul and Mary
youtube15.jpg Lemon Tree (2:56) Peter Paul and Mary
youtube15.jpg Lonnie Donegan - Cumberland Gap (2:03) L. Donegan
youtube15.jpg Love Me While the Lovin' Is Good (3:26) I. D'Armond H. von Tilzer
youtube15.jpg Meet Julian Rose (2:32) J. Rose J. Rose
youtube15.jpg The Mouse and the Thomas Cat (3:11) A. Francis A. Francis
youtube15.jpg Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin (3:02) Burl Ives
youtube15.jpg Nellie Gray (4:53) Tom Roush
youtube15.jpg The Next Horse I Ride On (2:50) H. Trix F. Murray
youtube15.jpg No Wonder She's a Blushing Bride (3:03) Edith Clifford C. Edwards
youtube15.jpg  Odetta - House of the Rising Sun (3:16) Odetta
youtube15.jpg Odetta - The Waterboy (1954) (4:05) Odetta
youtube15.jpg Oh my darling Clementine (2:15) The Sweptaways
youtube15.jpg Oh, Susanna (3:02) Tom Roush
youtube15.jpg Ol' Man River (4:18) Paul Robeson
youtube15.jpg Ol' Man River (3:11) B. Beiderbecke J. Kern
youtube15.jpg Pick a bale of cotton (2:54) L. Donegan
youtube15.jpg Plaisir d'amour (2:55) Joan Baez J. Martini
youtube15.jpg Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2:48) M.M. Hunt S.H. Stept
youtube15.jpg Prohibition Blues performed by Nora Bayes (3:10) Nora Bayes N. Bayes
youtube15.jpg  Puff the magic dragon (3:50) Peter Paul and Mary
youtube15.jpg Redskin (2:47) M.M. Hunt J.S. Zamecnik
youtube15.jpg Romance Me (2:54) M. Small V. Mizzy
youtube15.jpg Says I Says I to Myself (3:07) A. Francis H. von Tilzer
youtube15.jpg Shawneetown (4:25) Chris Vallillo
youtube15.jpg She'll be coming round the mountain (1:49) ListenAndReadAlong
youtube15.jpg The Shoemaker and the Brownies (3:26) A. Francis A. Francis
youtube15.jpg Skip to my Lou (4:44) Pete Seeger
youtube15.jpg Skip to My Lou (1:26) Wally Whyton
youtube15.jpg Sleepy Valley (3:19) M.M. Hunt J.F. Hanley
youtube15.jpg  Sound of silence (3:05) Simon and Garfunkel
youtube15.jpg Stormy Weather (3:06) E. Waters H. Arlen
youtube15.jpg Summertime - Abbie Mitchell (2:10) Abbie Mitchell Cook G. Gershwin
youtube15.jpg Summertime - Harolyn Blackwell (2:54) Harolyn Blackwell G. Gershwin
youtube15.jpg The Suns in My Heart (1932) (2:29) Sylvia Froos A. Baer
youtube15.jpg Sweet Betsy (3:18) Johnny Cash
youtube15.jpg Sweet Genevieve (1:59) Charles Elmer Szabo,
youtube15.jpg Sweet Georgia Brown (4:17) Louis Armstrong B. Bernie
youtube15.jpg Sweet Georgia Brown (3:10) E. Fitzgerald B. Bernie
youtube15.jpg Tea for Two (3:50) Anita O'Day V.M. Youmans
youtube15.jpg  That's What The Rose Said To Me (2:18) Louise Le Baron L. Edwards
youtube15.jpg The Alcoholic Blues (3:46) Sheet Music Singer A. von Tilzer
youtube15.jpg The Elements (3:02) Tom Lehrer
youtube15.jpg The Old Rustic Bridge (2:55) Daniel O'Donnell
youtube15.jpg The Unchastened Woman (1925) (51:30) Theda Bara
youtube15.jpg The Universal Soldier (2:29) Buffy Saint-Marie
youtube15.jpg There is a house in New Orleans (5:15) Bob Dylan
youtube15.jpg This Land Is Your Land (2:18) Woodie Guthrie
youtube15.jpg The Venus Waltz (3:00) D. Jardon I. Caryll
youtube15.jpg Vipers Skiffle Group (Live 1957) (2:28) Wally Whyton
youtube15.jpg  The Wabash Cannon Ball (2:37) Roy Acuff
youtube15.jpg Way down upon the Swanee River (3:15) Paul Robeson
youtube15.jpg Wayfaring stranger (4:30) Joan Baez
youtube15.jpg Berlin, DDR, 1967 We Shall Overcome (3:42) Pete Seeger
youtube15.jpg When Johnny comes marching home (3:34) Bobby Horton
youtube15.jpg Where Have all the Flowers Gone (1:57) Pete Seeger
youtube15.jpg Whisper and I Shall Hear (2:15) Louise Le Baron G. Hubi-Newcombe
youtube15.jpg Why Do They Call Them Flappers? (1927) (3:54) Edith Clifford B. Foy
youtube15.jpg Working on the New Railroad (6:11) Joe Hickerson,
youtube15.jpg The Wreck of the Number Nine (2:23) Jim Reeves
youtube15.jpg  Yankee Doodle (2:47) ListenAndReadAlong
youtube15.jpg Yiddisher Jazz - Levinsky's Jubilee (3:45) J. Rose W.K. Wells
youtube15.jpg Yodel-Oh (1927) (2:48) Edith Clifford B. Foy