BUFFALO GALS (WON'T YOU COME OUT TONIGHT?)

Latest update on 22/09/2013

Artist: Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett
Author: traditional
Label: Columbia
Year: 1924

Pre Skillet Lickers hillbilly version as Alabama Gal, Give The Fiddler A Dram. Ole Jim sings it in Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer (1885). Same tune as in John Hodges' (alias blackface performer Cool White) Lubly Fan, Won't You Come Out Tonight (copyright: 1844), as in English song Pray Pretty Miss and as in German music hall song Im Grunewald, im Grunewald ist Holzauktion. Two possible explanations for Buffalo: it may be the town (in the state of New York) close to Niagara Falls, where diggers of the Erie Canal found female company on a Saturday night, or it may be the term used by Native Americans to refer to blacks (as in Buffalo Soldiers). The Lomaxes found a version as As I Walked Down On Broadway.

Covers:

1924:

Fiddlin' John Carson [as Alabama Gal (Won't You Come Out Tonight)]

1924:

Henry Whitter [as Round Town Girl on OKeh]

1926:

Tom Owens WLS Barn Dance Trio

1926:

Blue Ridge Highballers [as Round Town Girls]

1927:

Ernest Stoneman Trio [als Round Town Girl]

1928:

Frank Hutchison [as Alabama Girl, Ain't You Comin' Out Tonight]

1929:

Pickard Family

1935:

Sons Of The Pioneers [with Roy Rogers]

1939:

Terry Shand & his Orch. [as Dance With A Dolly, co-crediting himself: Terry Shand/Jimmy Eaton/Mickey Leander]

1941:

Carson Robison Old Timers [as Buffalo Boy Go 'Round The Outside]

1941:

Almanac Singers [with Pete Seeger]

1944:

Russ Morgan [top 3 US as Dance With A Dolly (With A Hole In Her Stocking)]

1944:

Evelyn Knight [as Dance With A Dolly; top 10 US]

1946:

Woody Guthrie

1946:

Jimmy Stewart & Donna Reed [in film It's A Wonderful Life]

1952:

Bill Haley [rock version of Dance With A Dolly]

1954:

Roy Acuff [RC Cola radio show transcription]

1959:

Bookmiller Shannon [Ozark mountains banjo player (see also: Battle Of New Orleans)]

1959:

Bobby Darin [as Plain Jane (Won't You Come Out Tonight)]

1960:

Olympics [hit US as Dance By The Light Of The Moon]

1960:

Rosemary Clooney & Bing Crosby

1961:

Damita Jo [as Dance With A Dolly]

1964:

Conny Froboess [as Die Holzauktion]

1966:

Caller Peyote Pete & his Country Cousins [on Folkways lp Square Dances, version used by Malcolm McLaren along with his private recording in Knoxville of the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers and South African Zulu artists from Johannesburg]

1973:

Eric Weissberg

1982:

Malcolm McLaren [marrying square dance with breakdance using a Roan Mountain Hilltoppers sample]

1992:

Arlo Guthrie

1998:

Malcolm McLaren [as Buffalo Gals Stampede; hit UK]

2006:

Bruce Springsteen

2011:

John Hartford [as Portsmouth Airs]

Also recorded by Roy Acuff and Eliza Gilkyson.

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