Wednesday, January 24, 2007

John Henry: Finale

OK, I promise this will be the last post about John Henry, although I have found more than two dozen other versions in my collection.

To wrap this series up I thought I'd post one song each from popular artists of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s.

Bill Monroe - New John Henry Blues.mp3

Woody Guthrie - John Henry.mp3

Terry Gilkyson - John Henry.mp3


Blogger Resident Clinton said...

Hey there. I was going to link to your three John Henry posts from the WFMU blog ( for my weekly music blog column on Wednesday. Just wanted to check and make sure you'll still have the files up for a little bit.


January 27, 2007 1:45 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hey, resident clinton. The John Henry files were scheduled to come down Monday through Wednesday, but I've scrounged up some server space and will be able to leave 'em up all week. I'd be honored if you linked from the WFMU blog.

January 27, 2007 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Muddy said...

WFMU sent me. I've been listening to Pete Seger's version and The Smothers Brothers version in the past few weeks. It is an interesting song in that the hero's exertions prove futile, and he dies. Thanks for the new (to me) versions.

January 31, 2007 12:19 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Welcome aboard, Muddy. I was this close to posting the Smothers Bros. version.

The outcome of John Henry's struggle has always baffled me, too. I'm still not sure if the song was written to extoll the heroe's virtues, or if it was written by the 'Man' to point out the futility of the struggle.

January 31, 2007 5:13 PM  

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