Mudcat Café message #428071 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8912   Message #428071
Posted By: GUEST,Fred
28-Mar-01 - 10:52 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Goodnight Irene
Subject: RE: Goodnight Irene Origin
Alan Lomax, in Folk Songs of N. America, says that this was the first folk song that the Lomaxes recorded with their new portable equipment, for the Archive of American Folk Song. He doesn't mention a date for that recording,which was in the State Penitentiary at Angola, Louisiana. He attributes the authorship to Lead Belly, but he gives no further details about it.