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Thread #102165   Message #2660889
Posted By: Charley Noble
20-Jun-09 - 10:54 AM
Thread Name: Origin: John Cherokee
Subject: RE: John Cherokee
Gibb et al-

I'm wondering if it were the Victory Sings at Sea collective in Washington state that first added the grunt, 1989 Victory Music; the notes with their CD don't clarify their source for the song. Their version included the upbeat syncopated rendition, that greatly influenced the way Roll & Go recorded this song in 2002. Anyone have an earlier source for the grunt?

Sorting out what we've been doing in the last 20 or 30 years, reviving and adapting traditional sea music, seems an interesting question in addition to trying to read the "grog dregs" of what was actually sung in the 19th or early 20th century.

Charley Noble