I GAVE MY LOVE A CHERRY

Latest update on 22/04/2017

Artist: Bradley Kincaid
Author: traditional
Year: 1928

Kentucky radio star on WLS, The Prairie Farmer Station, a powerful National Barn Dance broadcasting from Chicago.

Covers:

1941:

Burl Ives [first known recording on Okeh]

1944:

Josh White [as The Riddle Song, with opening line: "I gave my love a cherry"]

1947:

Pied Pipers [idem]

1951:

Susan Reed [idem]

1955:

Eddy Arnold [idem]

1957:

Johnny Mathis [melody in The Twelfth Of Never, crediting Jerry Livingston/Paul Webster]

1957:

Jean Ritchie & Oscar Brand [idem]

1958:

Peggy Lee [idem]

1958:

Pete Seeger [as The Riddle Song]

1960:

Ronnie Hawkins [idem]

1960:

Aafje Heynis

1961:

Joni James [idem]

1963:

Tymes [idem]

1963:

Nina Simone [idem]

1963:

Billy J. Kramer [as The Twelfth Of Never]

1963:

Floyd Cramer [idem]

1963:

Richard Farina [idem]

1964:

Bee Gees [idem]

1964:

Cliff Richard [idem]

1964:

Joan Baez [as The Riddle Song]

1965:

Waylon Jennings [idem]

1966:

Charlie Rich

1966:

Slim Whitman [as The Riddle Song]

1966:

Connie Smith

1967:

Sandy Posey

1967:

Lou Rawls

1968:

Andy Williams

1968:

Glen Campbell

1969:

Chi-Lites

1973:

Donny Osmond [n°1 UK]

1974:

Elvis Presley [rehearsal; single in '95]

1975:

Petula Clark [produced by Chips Moman; released in '95 on cd Blue Lady - The Nashville Sessions]

1975:

Des O'Connor [all as The Twelfth Of Never]

1977:

Yvette Horner [in Nashville]

1984:

Nana Mouskouri [as The Riddle Song]

1989:

Olivia Newton-John [as The Twelfth Of Never]

1993:

Jeff Buckley [idem Live at Cin-é]

2005:

Dolly Parton [idem]

Child ballad #46, Captain Wedderburn's Courtship (collected in The British Songster - 1785) shares the same call and response form. Apart from that, I Gave My Love A Cherry aka The Riddle Song share some lyrical elements with a 15th century manuscript I Have A Yong Suster, on display in the British Manuscript Museum along with the Magna Carta and McCartney's Yesterday.

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