October 11, 2020

Primary Source Spotlight: Henry Creamer & Turner Layton

Song recordings After you've gone Childhood days Dear old Southland Everybody's crazy 'bout the doggone blues, but I'm happy Goodbye Alexander, goodbye honey boy If you'll come back I'm waiting for you, 'Liza Jane I've got the finest man Jubilee blues Oh! Frenchy! Strut Miss Lizzie Sweet Emalina, my gal Sweet mamma (Papa's getting mad) Sweet 'n' pretty That's the doctor, Bill Way down yonder in New Orleans When the shadows softly come and go … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Music

National Jukebox PSN curated primary source sets American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Marian Anderson California Folk Music Project George M. Cohan Aaron Copland Duke Ellington James Reese Europe Ella Fitzgerald George Gershwin & Gullah Culture Dizzy Gillespie W.C. Handy & the Blues Victor Herbert Billie Holiday Jazz Music Julia Ward Howe Mahalia Jackson Louis Jordan Jenny Lind Metropolitan Opera House … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jelly Roll Morton

Today in History–July 10–the Library of Congress features jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, who died on this day in 1941. Born Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe in New Orleans, Louisiana, Morton billed himself as "Jelly Roll" while playing minstrel and vaudeville shows. In addition to jazz, Morton also played ragtime, blues and spirituals. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more jazz resources from the Library. Jelly Roll Morton from America's … [Read more...]

Today in History: Louis Jordan

Today in History–December 21–the Library of Congress features saxophonist Louis Jordan, debuted two popular singles on rhythm and blues (R&B) charts on this date in 1946. With a style that combined jazz and blues, Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five launched 54 singles in the 1940s, 18 of which songs reached number one. Learn more about this talented musician by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources. Louis Jordan's Record "Let the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mahalia Jackson

Today in History–October 26–the Library of Congress features Mahalia Jackson, born on this day in 1911. The "Queen of Gospel Song" performed at national venues and sang for four presidents in addition to singing "I've Been 'Buked and I Been Scorned" just before Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 march on Washington. If you have access to YouTube, you can hear Ms. Jackson sing that song and see footage of her singing another song at the 1963 civil rights … [Read more...]

Today in History: W.C. Handy & the Blues

Today in History–September 28–the Library of Congress features William Christopher Handy, whose song the "Memphis Blues" was published on this date in 1912. Handy introduced the blues into mainstream music and became known as the father of the blues. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a rich collection of blues music resources. William Christopher Handy's "Memphis Blues" Was Published September 28, 1912 America's Library W.C. Handy … [Read more...]

Today in History: California Folk Music Project

Qanun solo: performed by Bedros Haroutunian Today in History–June 15–the Library of Congress features the California Folk Music Project. Visit the Today in History section to grab hold of some fun trivia and learn about the misnice and the qanun—now there's a great SCRABBLE® word. Then follow the links below to access more primary source collections related to recorded music and the state of California. Glossary of musical instruments recorded, photographed, or sketched for the California … [Read more...]