Friday, December 14, 2012

The 1919 Influenza Blues . . .

 

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Arhoolie F-1018  Released in the 1960s Essie Jenkins et al.

 

 

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As it’s Friday, and some of my other interests run towards vintage audio recordings (and OTR: Old Time Radio), I was delighted to see a tweet by fellow blogger Jim Garrow ( @jgarrow & The Face of the Matter Blog) alerting his followers to a piece that appears today in Philly.com.

 

From 'TB Blues' to 'Bacteria': A musical medical history playlist

POSTED: Friday, December 14, 2012, 6:30 AM

 

You’ll find links to songs by a couple of early pioneers of American `Folk Music’ – Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rogers – along with a  prohibition song by a lesser known, but still prolific in the 1920s & 30s, Asa Martin.

 

Essie Jenkins delivers the 1919 Influenza Blues. Regrettably, I’m unable to find much about her online.

 

Rounding out this old time playlist is a new entry, called Bacteria put together by Jonathan Coulton, cleverly using resampled audio from a KFC training video.

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