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Thread #8912   Message #427886
Posted By: Snuffy
28-Mar-01 - 05:15 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Goodnight Irene
Subject: RE: Goodnight Irene Origin
In the Penguin Book of American Folksongs Lomax says Leadbelly was the first singer they recorded for the Library of congress in 1935 and Irene was the first song they recorded.

But he says Leadbelly learned the song from his uncle, not that his uncle wrote it.