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Thread #81179 Message #1485638
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
15-May-05 - 06:18 PM
Thread Name: African American Secular Folk Songs
Subject: RE: African American Secular Folk Songs
Azizi, you included in your list Old Joe CLark. I can't say who woriginally wrote it, but Old Joe Clark was a real, identifiable, and white character about Civil War time and after. That doesn't necessarily preclude a black songwriter, of course.
Freight Train is demonstrably a black-authored song, but not technically a folk song. Written by Libba Cotten, I understand, who was "discovered" by Pete Seeger.