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Collection Number: 20365

Collection Title: James Jordan Collection, ca. 1970s

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Size 6 items.
Abstract James Jordan's wife was a member of the Weatherman family, and her ancestors appear to have been plantation owners in North Carolina (location unknown). The collection includes six audiocassettes, ca. 1970s, of James Jordan and his wife singing ballads, folk songs, children's songs, and spirituals, individually and in duet. Some of the songs were passed down through their families; others the two learned as children. According to Jordan, the spirituals were originally learned from slaves on the Weatherman family plantation in North Carolina. After each song, the family of origin is identified.
Creator James Jordan
Language English.
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Jordan Collection #20365, Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Transferred from the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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James Jordan's wife was a member of the Weatherman family. Her ancestors appear to have been plantation owners in North Carolina. The plantation location is unknown.

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Six recordings, ca. 1970s, of James Jordan and his wife singing ballads, folk songs, and spirituals, individually and in duet. Some of the songs were passed down through their families; others the two learned as children. According to Jordan, the spirituals were originally learned from slaves on the Weatherman family plantation in North Carolina. After each song, the family of origin is identified. Also according to Jordan, he and his wife recorded the songs to leave to their children and that it was their intention to publish them if possible. He indicates that some of the songs were already published in the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, but it is unclear whether the Jordans were actual contributors to Brown's collection or if they simply saw the inclusion of songs shared by their family repertoire in that volume.

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6 items.

Sound recordings consist of six audiocassettes, ca. 1970s. They include ballads, folk songs, and spirituals sung by James Jordan and his wife learned from their families and as children. Song lists for the tapes have been added to the Southern Folklife Collection tape logs file.

FS-6113: Folk Songs Tape One #20365, Series: " James Jordan Collection."

Side 1.1. "Yonder Goes a Rabbit." #20365,
Side 1.2. "Moma, Moma, Have You Heard?" #20365,
Side 1.3. "I Wouldn't Have Him." #20365,
Side 1.4. "The Paper of Pins." #20365,
Side 1.5. "Cindy." #20365,
Side 1.6. "John Brown Had a Little Indian." #20365,
Side 1.7. "Whoopee! Liza Jane." #20365,
Side 1.8. "Billy Boy." #20365,
Side 1.9. "The Farmer's Curst Wife." #20365,
Side 1.10. "Me and My Donie." #20365,
Side 1.11. "Moma Sent Me to the Spring." #20365,
Side 1.12. "Froggie Went a Courtin'." #20365,
Side 1.13. "Turkey in the Straw." #20365,
Side 1.14. "The Preacher and the Bear." #20365,
Side 1.15. "The Keeper." #20365,
Side 1.16. "Shoo Fly." #20365,
Side 1.17. "The Old Woman and Her Pig." #20365,
Side 1.18. "What Are Little Boys Made Of?" #20365,
Side 1.19. "A Ford." #20365,
Side 1.20. "Little Brown Jug." #20365,
Side 1.21. "Roll Your Hands." #20365,

FS-6114: Folk Songs Tape Two #20365, Series: " James Jordan Collection."

Side 1.1. "Hesitating Blues." #20365,
Side 1.2. "Casey Jones." #20365,
Side 1.3. "Here, Rattler, Here." #20365,
Side 1.4. "Here, Rattler, Here No. 2." #20365,
Side 1.5. "Go Shoot That Turkey Buzzard." #20365,
Side 1.6. "It Just Suits Me." #20365,
Side 1.7. "Go to Sleep, Little Baby." #20365,
Side 1.8. "Goin' to See Jennie Augusta." #20365,
Side 1.9. "Chick-A-Dee-Dee." #20365,
Side 1.10. "Never Speck to Marry Anymore." #20365,
Side 1.11. "Simon Slick's Mule." #20365,
Side 1.12. "Where'd You Get That Hat?" #20365,
Side 1.13. "Dis Ol Hammer." #20365,
Side 1.14. "Tom Dooley." #20365,
Side 1.15. "The All-Go Hungry Hash House." #20365,

FS-6115: Folk Songs Tape Three #20365, Series: " James Jordan Collection."

Side 1.1. "No Home, Cried a Little Girl." #20365,
Side 1.2. "Ruben's Train." #20365,
Side 1.3. "Workin' On the Railroad." #20365,
Side 1.4. "Fly Around My Blue-Eyed Girl." #20365,
Side 1.5. "Sally Goodin." #20365,
Side 1.6. "Chewing Gum Song." #20365,
Side 1.7. "Green Gravel." #20365,
Side 1.8. "Tickled." #20365,
Side 1.9. "Old Man, Don't You Want to Buy a Dog?" #20365,
Side 1.10. "Groundhog." #20365,
Side 1.11. "Cumberland Gap." #20365,
Side 1.12. "Somebody's Kicking My Dog Around." #20365,
Side 1.13. "Go Tell Aunt Patsy." #20365,
Side 1.14. "Mondy, You'd Better Be Quilting." #20365,

FS-6116: Folk Songs Tape Four #20365, Series: " James Jordan Collection."

Side 1.1. "Jennie Jenkins." #20365,
Side 1.2. "I Dreamed That I Was Grandaddy." #20365,
Side 1.3. "Baby Bye, Here's a Fly." #20365,
Side 1.4. "Fun Song, Yonder They Go." #20365,
Side 1.5. "Poor Tommy." #20365,
Side 1.6. "Pass Around the Bottle." #20365,
Side 1.7. "Go In and Go Out the Window." #20365,
Side 1.8. "When That Good Road Went Through." #20365,
Side 1.9. "Henry Ford Car." #20365,
Side 1.10. "Ten Little Indians." #20365,
Side 1.11. "New River Train." #20365,

FS-6117: Folk Songs Tape Five #20365, Series: " James Jordan Collection."

Side 1.1. "Sing, Sing, What Shall I Sing?" #20365,
Side 1.2. "Please Mr. Conductor." #20365,
Side 1.3. "She'll Be Comin Around the Mountain." #20365,
Side 1.4. "Sourwood Mountain." #20365,
Side 1.5. "Pretty Fair Field." #20365,
Side 1.6. "Old Molly Hare." #20365,
Side 1.7. "Rock-a-Bye Baby." #20365,
Side 1.8. "Six Fat Ducks." #20365,
Side 1.9. "Big Black Dog." #20365,
Side 1.10. "Cindy (Papa's Words to Paul)." #20365,
Side 1.11. "Cripple Creek." #20365,
Side 1.12. "Old Dan Tucker." #20365,
Side 1.13. "Quack, Quack, Said the Duck." #20365,
Side 1.14. "Old Jimmy Suttonton." #20365,

FS-6118: Folk Songs Tape Six #20365, Series: " James Jordan Collection."

Side 1.1. "Rock-a-Bye Baby Song." #20365,
Side 1.2. "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." #20365,
Side 1.3. "Cluck Old Hen." #20365,
Side 1.4. "What You Gonna Do With the Baby-O?" #20365,
Side 1.5. "The Farmer's Curst Wife." #20365,
Side 1.6. "Froggie Went a Courtin (Collected)." #20365,
Side 1.7. "Who Killed Cock Robin?" #20365,
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