Amen - Harry Belafonte - Streets I Have Walked (Vinyl, LP, Album)
The mother superior, the leader of the nuns, persuades him to do a small roofing repair. He stays overnight, assuming that he will be paid in the morning. To pass the evenings, Smith whom the nuns call "Schmidt" helps the sisters improve their rudimentary English only Mother Maria speaks the language well enough to converse with him and joins them in singing. They share their different musical traditions with one another: their Catholic chants and his Baptist hymns.
He teaches them to join him in the call-and-response song " Amen " by Jester Hairston. Jester Hairston, who wrote the gospel arrangement of Amen used in the film, and who arranged the vocal parts, also dubbed the vocals for Poitier, who was famously tone-deaf. But on the cover of Belafonte's album it rather says "Amen: Negro Spiritual". The Amen break is a 6 second 4 bar drum solo performed in by Gregory Cylvester "G. It gained fame from the s onwards when four bars 6 seconds sampled from the drum-solo or imitations thereof became very widely used as sampled drum loops in breakbeat, hip hop, breakbeat hardcore, hardcore techno and breakcore, jungle and drum and bass including oldschool jungle and ragga jungleand digital hardcore music.
That some elements of "The Midnight Special" are far older than the song as a whole is attested by verses in the "Grade Song" that was printed by Howard W. Especially one of the last verses is literally copied in "Midnight Special". The earliest reference to the song was in a letter to Robert W.
Dated August 3,the letter requested additional verses of the song, and gave one verse "If you go to the city, you better go right. As I said Carl Sandburg published two variants in his anthology American Songbagboth without attribution.
A LP source of Sandburg's material was Robert W. Gordon's immense manuscript collection of folksongs, gathered during the several years' correspondence with readers in his column. Except for a few adjustments in the use of dialect, and the change of Judge Robinson's name to Judge Nelson, this song is identical with one Amen - Harry Belafonte - Streets I Have Walked (Vinyl the two that Sandburg printed p.
Gordon himself printed a fragment of the song in one of a series of columns on folksongs that he published in the New York times in Midnight Special, The. Cutrell follows the traditional song except for semi-comedic stanzas about McGinty and Gray and "a cowboy band". Dave Cutrell is possibly the cowboy with the LP second from right on the photograph. In Marchthe band, now Otto Gray and the Oklahoma Cowboysrecorded the song again, this time with the traditional title, using only the traditional lyrics.
It was released on Vocalion Their "On The Midnight Special" has a rather different melody; only Lionel Rothery's sparse vocal line, more than halfway through the performance, taps from the same source as all the American Midnight Album) "On the Midnight Special, Shine a light on me Freshour on guitar, waxed seven selections, one of which, " Walk Right in Belmont"is a reworking of " Midnight Special".
Freshour, who reportedly wrote " Walk Right in Belmont"probably sings lead on this recording. Released on JewelOriolePerfect and Romeo Sam Collins version also follows the traditional style. His is the first to name the woman in the story, Little Nora, and he refers to the Midnight Special's "ever-living" light. This rare recording by Romeo Nelson, was released on the Vocalion-label:. The person most Amen - Harry Belafonte - Streets I Have Walked (Vinyl for spreading the popularity of "The Midnight Special" was doubtless Huddie Leadbetter.
AFS A And in Leadbelly recorded a version with Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston, that was released on the next album:. Decca matrix Johnny Rivers ' version was used as the theme song for the NBC music-variety series of the same name, The Midnight Special. Van Morrison - Blowin' Your Mind!
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