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Thread #81179   Message #1485784
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
15-May-05 - 11:17 PM
Thread Name: African American Secular Folk Songs
Subject: RE: African American Secular Folk Songs
Well, I was with Sterling Brown a good deal of the way until he started on "Old Dog Blue," the heart felt southern white tribute to a faithful and valiant companion.

It is arguable.
White rejected it as a black song, although he collected it from blacks (White, American Negro Folk Songs, pp. 207-208) as did Perrow, 1913. Possibly derived from a minstrel song of the 1850s, according to Randolph and White.

I doubt that its origin will be determined definitively.

See versions mentioned in thread 9707: Old Blue