The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #81820   Message #3316016
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
02-Mar-12 - 05:28 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Subject: RE: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Recently was looking over this song again.

Lighter wrote,

I believe that the usual revival version was written by somebody in the 1950s. Hermes Nye sang it on "Songs of the Civil War" in 1954 without giving a source.

It seems possible that Nye's version was the one. My guess is that Nye adapted one of Maitland's versions in Doerflinger's book. Most of the verses read as "improved" versions of what Maitland sang off-the-cuff. Nye's album also included "Santa Anna," in a version that is identical to Maitland's and the orthography in Doerflinger's text.

The same lyrics have become standard since then.

If anyone has an on-line link to a sample, I'd like to hear Peter Bellamy and Louis Killen's rendition (recorded in 1971). I am wondering if they were the people to introduce the rubato or slowed down choruses.