Old Dan Tucker

Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger sessions CD, ‘We Shall Overcome‘, is a rousing selection of mainly American folk songs from the repertoire of the iconic folk singer Pete Seeger. Here’s a live version of one of them, ‘Old Dan Tucker’:

Mudcat quotes the following information about this song:

“Composed by Dan D. Emmet, and sung by him with unbounded applause in Howe’s Amphitheatre of the Republic, New York.” Page 622 in “Marsh’s Selection, or Singing For the Million, Containing the Choicest and Best Collection of Admired Patriotic, Comic, Irish, Negro, Temperance, and Sentimental Songs Ever Embodied in One Work.” Three volumes in one, New York, Richard Marsh, 374 Pearl Street, 1854. Reproduced in Newman I. White, 1928, American Negro Folk Songs, pp. 446-447 (1965 reprint). 

The whole thread can be found on Mudcat here.

Bruce Springsteen is of course one of the best known artists in American rock music today. His website is here.

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Tim Chesterton

Family man; pastor of St. Margaret's Anglican Church on Ellerslie Road, Edmonton; storyteller; traditional folk musician and occasional songwriter. Email me at timchesterton at outlook dot com.

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