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Lyr Req: When You Were Sweet Sixteen (J Thornton)

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Orac 09 Sep 02 - 08:15 AM
Sorcha 09 Sep 02 - 10:47 AM
masato sakurai 09 Sep 02 - 11:28 AM
Orac 09 Sep 02 - 11:31 AM
Orac 09 Sep 02 - 11:44 AM
Joan from Wigan 09 Sep 02 - 12:17 PM
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GUEST,Three Chord 09 Sep 02 - 04:25 PM
Tiger 09 Sep 02 - 06:27 PM
Orac 10 Sep 02 - 12:12 PM
Joan from Wigan 10 Sep 02 - 01:37 PM
GUEST,Three Chords 10 Sep 02 - 02:54 PM
Tiger 10 Sep 02 - 03:40 PM
Joan from Wigan 11 Sep 02 - 02:14 PM
GUEST,Padraic 13 Nov 10 - 01:59 PM
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Subject: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Orac
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 08:15 AM

Does anyone on the Mudcat sing James Thornton's original song from 1898 or does everyone do the cut down Al Jolson version from 1930 perpetuated by the likes of Perry Como, Ink Spots, Fureys etc. I assume that Mr Jolson carved it up to get it on a 78... but it did the song no favour.


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 10:47 AM

Orac, if you are looking for the words and stuff, the original sheet music is at the Levy site, Click here, for page one, then scroll down for the next pages.


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: masato sakurai
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 11:28 AM

Harry Macdonough omitted the second verse in his 1901 recording, which can be heard HERE.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Orac
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 11:31 AM

Thanks for your trouble .. I already have the original music. I sing this song myself in this original way. The melody is in three parts rather than the two most would be used to, also the words are different. I just wondered if there was anyone else out there that was true to the original. It really is a shame that this lovely song as it was written is all but forgotten. Surely as loyal folkies/mudcatters we should be flying the flag for songs as the composer had intended them.


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Orac
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 11:44 AM

I already know about the 1901 Harry Macdonough recording, thanks. If anyone wants to hear the proper song they would need to get hold of the 1974 recording by Joan Morris and William Bolcom. Out of the 17 recordings I have of this song it is the only authentic one I know of since Al Jolson ruined it in 1930.


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 12:17 PM

I sing the original version, as per the sheet music in the Levy collection. It's always a talking point as it's so different from the cut-down, watered-down versions that are more commonly sung these days. It's a beautiful song, and short enough without shortening it even further. I haven't recorded it.

Joan


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Orac
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 12:28 PM

Well done Joan .. keep it up. ~ The original song is much better than the cut down one ... I assume that James Thornton must have had some hand in the altered version as he didn't die until some years after Jolson recorded it. But he wasn't Irish as is claimed in the Furey's songbook.


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: masato sakurai
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 12:55 PM

See also previous threads:

Lyr Req: When you were sweet sixteen

When you were sweet 16 Lyrics, author ?

Lyr Req: When you were sweet 16 - Full Version

~Masato


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: GUEST,Three Chord
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 04:25 PM

I must say that those old time songs often sounded pretty lame when sung by those 50's crooners, Mitch Miller and the Gang, and all those Dixieland revival bands--they are much more interesting to listen to when you hear recordings from the original time, and that has been suddenly made a lot easier now that sites like Virtual Grammaphone are making the MP3 files available--

Since people do learn to play music by listening to recordings nowdays, I think there are going to be a lot more like Orac and Joan, who try to recreate the old sounds--


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Tiger
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 06:27 PM

I do the full, original version. My wife doesn't particularly like the syrupy oldies, but my mother love's 'em.

And, if I can ever prod myself into the nursing home gigs, I'm sure they'll fly.


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Orac
Date: 10 Sep 02 - 12:12 PM

Excuse me.... I'm not trying to recreate an old sound at all. The original song is much more superior to the dreadful thing created by Al Jolson. If you listen to a lot of the post Jolson recordings many only have one verse ... some even (barbers shop types) only have the chorus.. then they trail off into something else. Surely a decent song like this is worthy of better treatment.


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 10 Sep 02 - 01:37 PM

I'm not trying to recreate old sounds either. I've never heard the original full version, I learned it purely from the sheet music. Some of the old songs, as Tiger says, are "syrupy", but I don't find that with "Sweet Sixteen" at all - it holds its own as a sincere expression of love, without going over the top, with a beautiful melody.

I agree with Three Chords that many singers nowadays learn their songs from recordings. I will always endeavour not to do so because when I do, I find myself automatically reproducing the arrangement, accent, etc. of the recording artiste. I will always prefer to put my own interpretation on a song. Which is not to say I take liberties (I do with traditional songs, but I consider that to be part of "the folk process"). On the contrary, where the writer is known, I do make every effort to stick to the song as it was originally written, out of respect for the composer. Who am I to "correct" or "improve" on the original? So, wherever possible, I will seek out sheet music if it exists.

Joan


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: GUEST,Three Chords
Date: 10 Sep 02 - 02:54 PM

Excuse me, I think you are a bit touchy---have no idea what you sound like Orac, neither you, Joan, never intended to accuse you of anything--


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Tiger
Date: 10 Sep 02 - 03:40 PM

Don't misinterpret me, either - I LOVE syrup!


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Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 11 Sep 02 - 02:14 PM

Sorry if I sounded touchy - didn't intend it to come over that way. One of the downsides of a text-only conversation is you can't see facial expressions, so can easily misinterpret. And what you write may sound ok in your head, but may not be read in the same way as you intended. Sincere apologies if I've misinterpreted anyone, or raised anyone's hackles.

Joan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When You Were Sweet Sixteen (J Thornton)
From: GUEST,Padraic
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 01:59 PM

J Thornton's father was born in Ireland, of English parents. His mother was Irish. James was conceived in Dublin and born in Liverpool while his parents waited passage to America.


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