Mudcat Café message #425759 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8912   Message #425759
Posted By: GUEST
26-Mar-01 - 10:28 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Goodnight Irene
Subject: RE: Goodnight Irene Origin
Leadbelly did popularize the song. I know of no older version, but, Leadbelly like Woody Guthrie tends to get and take credit for the many borrowed #'s he performed. Leadbelly more so than Guthrie, I would say that I have heard earlier versions of most songs in Huddie's repotiare.