HAPPY IN PRISON

Created on 26/06/2006
Latest update on 29/06/2021

Artist: Ernest Phipps & his Holiness Singers
Author: Ernest Phipps
Label: Victor
Year: 1927

During the Bristol Sessions. In 1925 published in gospelbook Saint Helena Island Spirituals and in 1926 as When I Lay My Burden Down and Since I Laid My Burden Down in Howard Odum's Negro Workaday Songs. Tune related with Will The Circle Be Unbroken (see there).

Covers:

1928:

Elders McIntosh & Edwards Sanctified Singers [as Since I Laid My Burden Down for OKeh and reissued on The Anthology Of American Folk Music]

1929:

Blind Roosevelt Graves [idem]

1929:

Rev. Edward W. Clayborn [as When I Lay My Burden Down]

1930:

Bessemer Sunset Four [idem]

1938:

Carter Family [as Happy In The Prison]

1940:

Roy Acuff [idem, on the B-side of Will The Circle Be Unbroken]

1948:

Soul Stirrers [as Glory Glory]

1954:

Maddox Brothers & Rose [as Gonna Lay My Burden Down]

1956:

Odetta [as Glory Glory (When I Lay My Burden Down)]

1958:

Joseph Spence [as Glory Glory When I Lay My Burden Down]

1959:

Robert Pete Williams

1960:

John Fahey

1960:

Robert Wilkins

1962:

Joey Dee & The Starliters [as Roly Poly]

1963:

Mississippi John Hurt

1964:

Mississippi Fred McDowell [as When I Lay My Burden Down]

1964:

New Christy Minstrels [as Glory Glory (When I Lay My Burden Down)]

1964:

Big 3 [as Glory Glory]

1964:

Stanley Brothers

1966:

Art Reynolds Singers [lead singer: Thelma Houston]

1966:

Staple Singers [as Glory Glory Hallelujah]

1968:

Furry Lewis [as When I Lay My Burden Down]

1971:

Byrds [as Glory Glory]

1973:

Don Nix

1974:

Ike & Tina Turner [as Glory Glory]

2001:

Victoria Williams [on a John Hurt tribute]

2004:

Jesse Mae Hemphill

2005:

Dr. John [with Mavis Staples and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band]

Also inspired the tune of The Impressions' People Get Ready ('65).

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