WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN (BY AND BY)

Latest update on 29/05/2018

Artist: William McEwan
Author: Ada Habershon/Charles Gabriel
Label: Columbia
Year: 1911

Hymn from 1907; one of the gospels in the book Alexander's Gospel Songs, No. 2 published in 1910. Lyrics sometimes credited to Fanny Crosby (1820-1915). The original is older that the sinking of the Titanic and sounds like if it was rescued from that very shipwreck. Anyway, the song was adapted by A.P. Carter for funeral matters. Many people died during the depression years. It also relates with the spiritual Since I Laid My Burden Down (zie daar).

Covers:

1928:

Rev. J.C. Burnett

1928:

Frank & James McCrary

1928:

Frank Luther [as Bud Billings]

1933:

Carter Family [for Victor; in '35 as Can The Circle Be Unbroken for Columbia; this is the lighthousekeeping version]

1936:

Monroe Brothers [Bill & Charlie]

1942:

Muddy Waters [melody in Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You]

1946:

Swan Silvertones

1947:

Singing Crusaders

1948:

Dixieaires

1952:

Southern Tornadoes

1957:

Pat Boone

1960:

Staple Singers [first song they learned]

1960:

Jerry Lee Lewis [for Sun and in 2010 with Nils Lofgren and Mavis Staples]

1962:

Chet Atkins

1964:

Stanley Brothers

1965:

Marty Robbins

1967:

Doc Watson

1967:

George Jones

1967:

Bob Dylan & The Band [Basement tape]

1968:

John Lee Hooker

1968:

Johnny Cash [sings Will The Circle Be Unbroken in Daddy Sang Bass, n°1 C&W with the Carter Family on backing vocals]

1969:

Gene Vincent

1969:

Joan Baez

1970:

Ronnie Hawkins [with Duane Allman]

1970:

Johnny Cash

1971:

Pentangle

1971:

Ocean

1971:

Delaney & Bonnie

1972:

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band [on their Will The Circle Be Unbroken project featuring Mother Maybelle Carter and again in \'89 on Vol. 2 featuring Johnny Cash, Mother Maybelle\'s son-in-law]

1972:

Shocking Blue

1973:

Gregg Allman

1976:

Charlie Rich

1976:

Willie Nelson

1977:

Jerry Jeff Walker

1977:

Memphis Bend

1982:

Arlo Guthrie

1989:

Neville Brothers

1992:

Holmes Brothers [with three guitarists from Remmy Ongala's Orchestre Super Matimba]

1992:

Dubliners

1993:

Kristin Hersh [as Can The Circle Be Unbroken]

1993:

Dana Winner [as Zeven Regenbogen]

1994:

Hans Theessink & Blue Groove

1994:

Snuff Johnson

1994:

Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon [as Will The Fetus Be Aborted]

1995:

Eric Von Schmidt [as Can The Serpent Be Housebroken]

1998:

Rollin' In The Hay

2000:

Corey Harris & Henry Butler [as Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You]

2008:

An & Jan [as Breng De Doden Weer Tot Leven]

2012:

Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band

Pertinent question in farmer families, particularly when there's more heirs for one farm. Probably the reason why the song is passed along from generation to generation.

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