I SHALL NOT BE MOVED

Latest update on 10/08/2016

Artist: Taskiana Four
Author: traditional
Label: Victor
Year: 1926

Vocal quartet from Philadelphia. Lyrical content inspired by Psalm 1: 2,3 where a tree resists the force of water. Image adopted by the unions: black textile workers from North Carolina sang it in the 1920s, members of the West Virginia Miner's Union (with Frank Keeley) first sang it in plural in 1931. Spanish versions (as No Nos Moveran) popped up during the Spanish Civil War and it also became a stable warhorse of the Civil Rights Movement during the fifties & sixties.

Covers:

1927:

Blind Joe Taggert [as I Will Not Be Moved]

1927:

Mount Zion Baptist Quartet

1928:

Frank & James McCravy

1928:

Rev. Edward W. Clayborn [for Vocalion]

1929:

Charley Patton

1930:

Blind Roosevelt Graves

1941:

Almanac Singers [as We Shall Not Be Moved]

1949:

Morris Family [version Elvis & co knew about]

1954:

Little Jimmy Dickens

1956:

Million Dollar Quartet

1956:

Lonnie Donegan

1957:

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

1959:

Harmonizing Four

1965:

Mississippi John Hurt

1965:

Seekers

1967:

Ella Fitzgerald

1970:

Rev. Charlie Jackson

1971:

Joe Glazer [as We Shall Not Be Moved]

1974:

Joan Baez [as No Nos Moveran during a Spanish tour shortly after Franco's death]

1975:

Cornell Campbell [reggae version as I Shall Not Remove]

1985:

Pete Seeger & Bob Reiser [as Carry It On]

1992:

Pops Staples [with Ry Cooder]

1993:

Hans Theessink

1994:

Henry Qualls

1996:

Bell Grove Baptist Church Choir [conducted by Rev. Willie Morganfield]

2003:

Johnny Cash [posthumously on Unearthed box set and on cd My Mother's Hymn Book]

2004:

Jessie Mae Hemphill & friends

2004:

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

2007:

Mavis Staples [as We Shall Not Be Moved]

2008:

Eric Bibb

2013:

Blind Boys Of Alabama

2015:

Michelle David [as Jeremiah 17]

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