Old Time John Henry

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OLD TIME JOHN HENRY. AKA and see "John Henry Blues." American, Song and Reel. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). Earl Johnson and His Dixie Entertainers recorded a string band version of the American folk song in 192. Picking up on the popularity of 'blues' tunes, they (like others in the 78 RPM era) appended the name 'blues' to the title.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources:

Recorded sources: OKeh 45101 (78 RPM), Earl Johnson and His Dixie Entertainers (1927). Reed Island Rounders - "Wolves in the Wood" (1997).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Earl Johnson and His Dixie Entertainers' 1927 recording on youtube.com [2]
Hear a clawhammer banjo version of the tune [3] and the Internet Archive [4] [5]
See the Ballad Index entry for the song "John Henry" [6]




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