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Thread #79204   Message #1433871
Posted By: Bill D
13-Mar-05 - 06:14 PM
Thread Name: Bright Morning Star - recordings?
Subject: RE: Bright Morning Star - recordings?
The first time I heard it was a 1972 LP produced by the National Geographic Society in the 'Sounds of the World' series called "Music of the Ozarks"...annotated by Jimmy Driftwood.

side 2 begins with "Bright Morning Stars" which is sung by 3 residents of Mountain View, Arkansas....learned, it says from an old man named Albert Sands, who couldn't carry a tune, but got 'close enough'. Albert said "old timers" used to sing it when HE was boy.
I actually prefer this tune, which is simpler and more conducive to harmonies than the nice, but kinda 'wavy-warbly' tune that you ususally hear.