Month: September 2016

It’s time to step up up your birthday gifts!

It’s time to step up up your birthday gifts!

In 1967 Mrs. Rosalind Lyons wrote letters to a number of her husband’s favorite jazz musicians, asking them to surprise her husband by wishing him happy birthday. Her requests were fulfilled, resulting in the Walter Lyons Scrapbook, which contains letters, postcards, and signed photographs extending birthday greetings to Mr. Walter Lyons. Musicians include Louis Armstrong,…

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Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s

What: Fiddler Harry Bolick will play and discuss fiddle tunes recorded in Mississippi in the 1930s When: Wednesday, September 21 at 3:00pm Where: Faulkner Room – Archives & Special Collections – J. D. Williams Library – University of Mississippi In 1936 and 1939 several hundred fiddle tunes were collected by the Works Progress Administration (WPA)…

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Shape Note Recordings

Shape Note Recordings

You might be surprised to find some non-blues recordings in the Blues Archive. One such collection is the John Quincy Wolf, Jr. Collection, featuring audio recordings of shape note singing. John Quincy Wolf, Jr. was an English professor at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and a self-trained folklorist. He began recording regional folk musicians…

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