Percy Grainger recording (on wax cylinder) in Brigg, Lincolnshire. Reissued on Leader lp Unto Brigg Fair in 1972 (see also Brigg Fair). Cecil Sharp scored a version in Somerset in 1905.
Mr. Thomson [also from Lincolnshire, also recorded by Percy Grainger and saved up for that same Leader lp; he picked up the ballad's storyline where Joseph Taylor's version ended]
Thomas Moran & Jeannie Robertson [Seamus Ennis recording coupled with a Peter Kennedy recording on Rounder cd Classic Ballads Of Britain And Ireland Vol 1 in The Alan Lomax Collection (2000)]
Charlotte Higgins [as Susie Pirate (Lord Bateman)]
Isabel Sutherland [who'd recorded Charlotte Higgins]
John Reilly [as Lord Baker; reissued on Voice Of The People series Vol 17]
DK Wilgus & Tom Munnelly [on The Bonny Green Tree, a collection of John Reilly songs]
Sandy Denny [outtake The North Star Grassman And The Ravens]
Campbell MacLean [as Young Betcham]
June Tabor [John Peel session BBC]
Planxty [as Lord Baker; vocal: Christy Moore]
Susan McKeown [idem]
Sinéad O'Connor [idem; 12 minute version with Christy Moore]
Storyline of this ballad is supposed to trace the saga of crusader Gilbert Beket and his Arabian bride, the parents of St. Thomas à Becket (1300s). Child ballad 53, Roud folksong index #40.
This ongoing search for the origins of all popular songs imaginable has been bundled in books over the years, four in Dutch, all sold out. Now here's a first edition in English, and the good thing is: you don't need those old versions, for all information still standing and relevant from former editions is encapsulated into this new volume, like Russian babooshka puppets.
The Originals - Prequel of the Hits holds everything, no less. Pure content. Details the lifespan of some 12.000 music titles, all traced back to their earliest manifestation, predating hit version(s) and other relevant covers.
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In February 1982 a two hour radio show was first aired from Brussels, with nothing but the original versions of hits of the day. Made for a change for Soft Cell's Tainted Love, Capt. Sensible's Happy Talk, Fun Boy Three & Bananarama's It Ain't What You Do and Sting's Spread A Little Happiness. Instead of sifting through average early eighties TOTP regulars, in came the mid sixties, late forties, thirties and even twenties, linking a Northern soul classic to a Rodgers & Hammerstein composition, a Jimmie Lunceford theme song and a West End showtune from musical Mr. Cinders.
That was only the beginning. Soon as The Originals' own bag o' goodies ran out, audience participation filled it up again and never stopped doing so. 582 separate The Originals radio shows followed, and counting.