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Negro music in America. Negro music in America. An exploration of it and its impact on American culture. Here is your host for the Saturdays Tony look at Vox. You assume the blues can get with a man no matter how old or how young he is how rich or how poor or whether he's lonesome or not whether he's with a woman or without one. One old timer said Yessir hit the blues was money I'd be a millionaire. Another said if the Blues was whiskey I'd be drunk all the time. Another man says a bruising never left him. They wait for him while he sleeps. When he wakes up there they are and he says good morning blues blues how do you do. And they says back to him. I'm feeling pretty well buddy. How about you.
The blues come from all the hard things a man has to put up with for just from day to day living the nigger relieves his pressures by singing talking and playing the blues. One man said sometimes I feel like nothing. Something just thrown away. Then I gets my guitar and I plays a blues all day. Today we're going to hear the blues again. But we're going to hear them song through the instruments the same way they were sung by negro voices here especially you'll hear the horns used as an extension of the voice. And if you listen closely you can almost hear the words. Our first blues is an old one by Sidney Bush a the great New Orleans clarinet and soprano sax man here on clarinet is Sidney bish a dirty bomb guitar pops Foster and bass and Sidney Catlin on the drums playing the Saturday night blows.
Our holies and his Chicagoans are great practitioners of the art of playing the blues. They give us a fine rendition of The Yellow Dog blows an old traditional blues claim by WC Handy that have been around a long time before he hung his name on it. The old dog blows. Chunks.
Thank. You. The. Deaths. Thank the.
Earth the. Earth. Our next recording which I think was made back in the 40s is a remarkable example of a
great New Orleans musician composing and improvising on his feet using the soprano sax to sing his blows. Here is Sidney Shea again with Albert Nicholas on clarinet art Hodes on piano. Bob's Foster on bass and Danny Elfman on the drums playing the chaise fantasy.
I certainly hope that you enjoyed that last record as much as I always have. I've just about played it to death because it's one of our great favorite things. An early song about the negro set to music in the 18th century certainly tells us how the blues were the stuff of everyday life and might make us wonder what it must have been like to be a slave. And I quote what a terrible life I am lead a dog has it better that sheltered fed night and day it's the same my pain is their game me wish to the Lord I was dead. Whatever is to be done for blackness rhyme Mungo here Mungo there Mungo everywhere above and below. Sarah come Sarah go do so and so me wish to the LORD me was dead. Next week we'll hear some of the early spirituals that have a close kinship to the blues the Afro-American creative folk genius stirred by the sorrow slavery move the nigger to sing more than ever before blending his African heritage of music with that
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Negro music in America
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WSIU 8 (Television station : Carbondale, Ill.)
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program, the twentieth of thirty nine parts, presents various examples of African-American folk and jazz music.
Series Description
This series focuses on music created and performed by African-Americans, including folk, and jazz styles. This series is hosted by Anton Luckenbach of Carbondale, Illinois, who also gathered interviews in New Orleans for this series.
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Race and Ethnicity
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Host: Luckenbach, Anton
Producing Organization: WSIU 8 (Television station : Carbondale, Ill.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-1-20 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:22
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