Monday, July 6, 2009

Oh Jonah! Gospel

Oh Jonah! VBR MP3 520 kb, Oh Jonah! OGG format 809 kb which is a free, open standard container format maintained by the Xiph.Org Foundation. The OGG format is unrestricted by software patents and is designed to provide for efficient streaming and manipulation of high quality digital multimedia.

Oh Jonah! PERFORMER(S) Golden Jubilee Quartet, COLLECTED BY
James, Willis Laurence

DATE: 1943 (June-July). FORMAT: Sound Recording. NOTES, GENRE: Gospel. CALL NUMBER: AFS 7045b1. DIGITAL ID: afcftv 7045b1/

Copyright and Other Restrictions: The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this Collection.

The Prophet Jonah

The Prophet Jonah, as depicted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel
As is often the case with materials collected in the course of ethnographic field research, however, it is difficult or impossible to sufficiently identify specific songs sung by participants which precludes performing a comprehensive assessment of the copyright status of underlying musical rights in lyrics or compositions. Research performed by the staff of the American Folklife Center in anticipation of the release of this Collection in American Memory indicates that the underlying musical works appear to be in the public domain.
The staff of the American Folklife Center encourages the public to contact them regarding the materials in this Collection at: EMAIL: OR Library of Congress. American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. Washington, D.C. 20540-4610 Credit Line: Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel and the Fort Valley Music Festivals (1938 - 1943). Library of Congress, American Folklife Center.

"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 consists of approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort Valley, Georgia. The documentation was created by John Wesley Work III in 1941 and by Lewis Jones and Willis Laurence James in March, June, and July 1943.

Also included are recordings made in Tennessee and Alabama (including six Sacred Harp songs) by John Work between September 1938 and 1941. These recording projects were supported by the Library of Congress's Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center). Song lists made by the collectors, correspondence with the Archive about the trips, and a special issue of the Fort Valley State College student newsletter, The Peachite: Festival Number, are also included.

One interesting feature of this collection is the topical rewording of several standard gospel songs to address the wartime concerns of the performers. This online presentation is made possible by the generous support of The Texaco Foundation.

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