ALABAMA JUBILEE

Latest update on 18/03/2010

Artist: Elisabeth Murray
Author: Jack Yellen/George Cobb
Label: Columbia & Victor
Year: 1915

Written for her. George Cobb and Jack Yellen were two composers from Buffalo, NY with a bunch of songs situated in the southern states. Which Jubilee they're talking about? See footnote.

Covers:

1915:

Victor Military Band [in medley]

1915:

Al Bernard & Ernest Hare

1915:

Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan

1927:

Skillet Lickers

1928:

Bill Helms & His Upson Country Band

1928:

East Texas Serenaders [melody similar to their Deacon Jones]

1933:

Bessie Smith [echo in Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer)]

1938:

W. Lee O'Daniel [vocal: Leon Huff]

1938:

Alabama Sacred Harp Singers

1939:

Rice Brothers Gang [during same session as their original You Are My Sunshine (see there)]

1939:

Uncle James Archer [born in slavery; as Year Of Jubilee]

1949:

Billie Holiday [see Bessie Smith]

1951:

Conjunto San Antonio Alegre

1951:

Red Foley [hit C&W]

1955:

Ferko String Band

1964:

Mance Lipscomb

1968:

Doc Watson

1976:

Jerry Reed

1976:

Robert Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders [with Bob Brozman on Hawaiian guitar]

1978:

Leon Redbone

1979:

Merle Travis

1979:

Jerry Lee Lewis

2000:

Those Metal Boys With Their Metal Toys

Biblical law (25th chapter of Book Leviticus) decreed a Jubilee was to be proclaimed every 50 years in order to pardon certain crimes, whereby slaves could be released, a real beacon of hope during slavery days. 1915 was the 50th year since slavery was abolished in the United States, apparantly not celebrated in Alabama, one of the southern states where the 14th amendment didn't seem to count.

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