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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Audio: Selections From the Alan Lomax Archive - Multimedia Feature - NYTimes.com

Audio: Selections From the Alan Lomax Archive - Multimedia Feature - NYTimes.com

Listening to the Globe

Selections recorded by the ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax that are included on a new album, “The Alan Lomax Collection From the American Folklife Center,” and will be part of the Global Jukebox, a huge online digital collection of traditional music dating to the 1930s. Related Article »
Alan Lomax/Association for Cultural Equity

Mississippi Fred McDowell

'When the Train Comes Along'

Mr. McDowell, recorded in Sept. 25, 1959, was farming cotton in Como, Miss., when Lomax, in the area to record other country blues artists, first encountered him. Mr. McDowell went on to make a dozen albums, tour extensively and hear his "You Got to Move" covered by the Rolling Stones.

Audio Cultural Equity Archive: Mississippi Fred McDowell

Alan Lomax/Association for Cultural Equity

Ed Young and Hobart Smith

'Joe Turner'

Mr. Young was a cane fife virtuoso from Como, Miss., and Mr. Smith, a multi-instrumentalist from Saltville, Va., in the Blue Ridge Mountains, played his four-string banjo with a clawhammer technique. The pair came together at an event at Williamsburg, Va., and were recorded April 28, 1960.

Audio Cultural Equity Archive: Ed Young | Hobart Smith

Alan Lomax/Association for Cultural Equity

José Maria Rodriguez

'Alborada de Vigo'

Mr. Rodriguez was an itinerant farmworker, pig castrator and knife grinder who, according to the American Folklife Center, used this melody to announce his arrival in town. He was recorded Nov. 27, 1952, in Galicia, Spain. This tune inspired “The Pan Piper” by Miles Davis on his album "Sketches of Spain."

Audio Cultural Equity Archive: José Maria Rodriguez

Alan Lomax/Association for Cultural Equity

Neville Marcano

'Señorita Panchita'

Mr. Marcano, known as the Growling Tiger, was a popular performer from calypso's golden era of the 1930s. Mr. Marcano, a bantamweight boxer who won the Trinidadian title in 1929, made his first recordings in New York in 1935 for the Decca label. This selection was recorded Aug. 17, 1962, in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Audio Cultural Equity Archive: Neville Marcano

Alan Lomax/Association for Cultural Equity

Orna and E. C. Ball

'Trials, Troubles, Tribulations'

Mr. Ball, a school-bus driver and a service-station owner, was also a renowned guitarist and country gospel composer. With his wife, Orna, and their Friendly Gospel Singers, he appeared for years at churches and on radio broadcasts in Virginia and North Carolina. This selection was recorded Aug. 30, 1959, in Rugby, Va.

Audio Cultural Equity Archive: E. C. and Orna Ball

Alan Lomax/Association for Cultural Equity

Bessie Jones

'Go to Sleep Little Baby'

Ms. Jones was an influential singer on St. Simons Island, Ga., where this selection was recorded on Oct. 12, 1959. She and Lomax collaborated to make her group, the Georgia Sea Island Singers, a national touring act that performed at the Newport Folk Festival and President Jimmy Carter's inauguration.

Audio Cultural Equity Archive: Bessie Jones

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