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Posted By: simon-pierre
22-Mar-01 - 04:45 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Goodnight Irene
Subject: RE: Goodnight Irene Origin
Do anyone knows exactly when it was released? I'm reading a historical novel and the action is in the fall of 1935. A man in a barroom take his guitar and start singing this song. I suspect an anachronism. I have read elsewhere that the first records of Leadbelly were released in the debut of 1935, and they were no commercial succes, but I can find if Irene was one of them.

Anyway, for the case of the novel, I find it very doubtful that the song was known in French-Canada at this time.