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Thread #61809 Message #996190
Posted By: Stewie
03-Aug-03 - 10:31 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Cluck Old Hen
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cluck Old Hen
In respect of the Traditional Ballad index entry that Joe posted above, there is no mention in Meade et alia or in Wiggins' discography in his Carson biography that Carson ever recorded 'Cluck Old Hen'. It seems the ballad index has confused it with Carson's 1923 recording of 'The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster Is Going to Crow' which Meade et alia give under the discrete heading of the 'Cacklin' Hen' family. The earliest recording of 'Cluck Old Hen' was by Fiddlin' Powers and Family in 1927.
The earliest printed reference given by Meade for 'Cluck Old Hen' is to Talley 'Negro Folk Rhymes' pp 50 and 93. Masato and/or Q may have access to this.