ETHAN LANG

Latest update on 13/01/2007

Artist: Emry Arthur
Author: trad. arr. Emry Arthur
Label: Vocalion
Year: 1928

Reissued on JSP box set Appalachian Stomp Down. This Kentuckian is the soggy bottom of Hillbilly personified: he also wrote I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (see there). Clearly an offspring of Jack Hall/Sam Hall but with no older English recordings around, this Appalachian takes credit. See also: Going Around The World.

Covers:

1935:

Tex Ritter [as Sam Hall or Samuel Hall]

1955:

Josh White [idem]

1956:

Terry Gilkyson [idem in film Star In The Dust]

1956:

Paul Clayton [as Admiral Benbow; sea shantee about a pub]

1960s:

Walter Pardon [as Jack Hall; traditional singer from Norfolk on Topic cd Voice Of The People Vol 17]

1964:

Michael Hurley [as Captain Kidd; again, same melody]

1965:

Johnny Cash [as Sam Hall on Ballads Of The True West and in '02 on American IV, crediting Tex Ritter]

1965:

Cornelis Vreeswijk [as Mördar Anders]

1969:

Dubliners [as Sam Hall on At Home With The Dubliners; own lyrics]

1980:

June Tabor & Martin Simpson [as Admiral Benbow]

1989:

Frank Tovey [as Sam Hall on Tyranny And The Hired Hand]

1989:

Steeleye Span [as Jack Hall]

1998:

Ed Kuepper [as Sam Hall]

2003:

Richard Thompson [idem on 1000 Years Of Popular Music]

2004:

Waterson Carthy [as Captain Kidd]

Sam Hall is an old English folksong, known in the 1850s as Jack Hall (credited to comic minstrel C.W. Ross). Jack was a criminal hanged in 1707 at Tyburn, then the outskirts of London where public executions took place (near Marble Arch in Westminster, where Edgware Road meets Bayswater Road).

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