IRON BAR

Latest update on 02/05/2010

Artist: Tony Johnson & The Carribean Serenaders
Author: traditional
Label: Melodisc
Year: 1951

Jamaican folk standard, first published in 1944.

Covers:

1951:

Hubert Porter

1952:

Blind Blake [as At The Iron Bar]

1953:

Lord Fly [with Dan Williams Orchestra]

1956:

Harry Belafonte [as Jamaica Farewell with new words by Irving Burgie; on his first millionselling calypso album]

1958:

Sir Lancelot [idem]

1963:

Lord Tanamo [backing vocals: the young Maytals]

1963:

Hank Snow [idem]

1963:

Brothers Four [idem]

1965:

Patti Page [idem]

1976:

Curt Boettcher

1981:

Arlo Guthrie [idem]

1996:

Irving Burgie [author, idem]

Belafonte's first contact with Irving Burgie's songs (Day-O, Jamaica Farewell) changed his musical course completely. Plans to come up with a John Henry program for the Ed Sullivan Show were abandoned on the spot. Later Belafonte hits like Island In The Sun, Angelina and Coconut Woman also carry a Irving Burgie signature (Lord Burgess). Jamaica Farewell's originality was questioned in court, but the judgement equaled both Iron Bar and Jamaica Farewell for copying the same traditional Jamaican melody.

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