Most of us who sing folk and old time Songs in San Diego and have been around this city for awhile grew up with the music of the late Sam Hinton and Johnny Walker. We saw them in concerts at our schools, in the various Folk Festivals and places they played around our city. All those wonderful songs that we only heard when they sang them. None of us sang them because they were Sam and Johnny’s songs and you didn’t do that to living icons. Now that they are no longer with us it’s time to dig into those song books and start singing their songs. So for my annual list of songs to sing I’m going to give you 50 each that those two gentlemen sang, which I’m sure they’d want passed along.
The Songs of Sam Hinton: 1. The Rivers of Texas 2.Â Tell Old BillÂ 3. I Just Don’t Wanna Be Rich 4.Â Brian O’LynnÂ 5. Hang Me, Oh Hang MeÂ 6. Sowing on the Mountain 7.Â Talking Atomic BluesÂ 8. Lost JohnÂ 9. The Soldier and the LadyÂ 10. Damn Yankee LadÂ 11. I Want to Die EasyÂ 12. Old Bangum and the BoarÂ 13. Billy BarlowÂ 14.The Bent County BachelorÂ 15. Who Ever Shall Have Some Good PeanutsÂ 16. The Ballad of Sam BassÂ 17. Grieve, Oh Grieve, My True Love GrieveÂ 18. Hell In TexasÂ 19. Mule Drivers Song (Whoa Back Buck)Â 20. Old King ColeÂ 21. Grandmother BrownÂ 22. Hang on the Bell Nellie 23. Johnathan SmithÂ 24. Goodbye My Lover GoodbyeÂ 25. The Capture of Major AndreÂ 26. The Crow SongÂ 27. The Land Knows You’re ThereÂ 28. Harry HermanÂ 29. The Old Man in the WoodsÂ 30. Three Jolly RoguesÂ 31. When I Was a Little BoyÂ 32. When You Go a-Courtin’Â 33. Little Old Woman All Skin and BonesÂ 34. Michael FinniganÂ 35. There Was an Old SowÂ 36. Gay Jimmy the MillerÂ 37. Jim the RoperÂ 38. The Barnyard SongÂ 39. LowlandsÂ 40. Doney GalÂ 41. Springfield MountainÂ 42. My Jewel, My JoyÂ 43. The Miller’s WillÂ 44. Looky Looky YonderÂ 45. The Valiant SoldierÂ 46. See the Steamer Go Round the BendÂ 47. A Horse Named BillÂ 48. The Ladies of the Court of King CaractimusÂ 49. Mary Had a William GoatÂ 50. The Banks of the Sacramento (and about a thousand more that Sam Sang and collected over the years)
The Songs of Johnny Walker: 1. A-Beggin’ I Will GoÂ 2. A Dalesman’s LitanyÂ 3. Cushie Butterfield 4.Â The Dewey Dens of YarrowÂ 5. The Manchester RamblerÂ 6. Fathom the BowlÂ 7. Four Pence a DayÂ 8. Don’t Chuck Your Muck in My Dust BinÂ 9. The Vicar of BrayÂ 10. Gloria VictoriaÂ 11. Sweeney Todd the BarberÂ 12. Go to the Sea Once MoreÂ 13. Hanging JohnnyÂ 14. The Manchester RamblerÂ 15. John Barleycorn 16. Lassie Wi’ a Yellow CoatieÂ 17. Lord Lovel 18.Mary’s the Fairest of AllÂ 19. Never No MoreÂ 20. Poverty KnockÂ 21. She’s Proud and She’s BeautifulÂ 22. The Blaiden RacesÂ 23. The Drummer and the CookieÂ 24. The Methody ParsonÂ 25. The NightingaleÂ 26. The Shoals of HerringÂ 27. Willie Went to Westerdale
28. The Squid Jiggin’ GroundÂ 29. Pleasant and DelightfulÂ 30. The Jubilee SovereignÂ 31. A Brisk Young TailorÂ 32. Summer Is a Comin’ InÂ 33. The Lyke Wake Dirge
34. The White HareÂ 35. Row Bullies RowÂ 36. Robin Hood and the Bishop of Herford 37. The Flower of NorthumberlandÂ 38. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her ArmÂ 39. The D Day DodgersÂ 40. Maggie MayÂ 41. Ah, But Your Love Was Easily WonÂ 42. Albert and the LionÂ 43. Angus McFargus McTavish Dundee 44. Away Rio 45. Four Pounds a Day 45. Merrily Cheerily 46. Paddy DoyleÂ 47. Bound for the Rio GrandeÂ 48. Derry DownÂ 49. Roll Bullies RollÂ 50. Give to the Belly Boys Beer Enough (there are many more that Johnny collected and sang, this is only a start).
A lot of the songs Johnny and Sam sang, coming from tradition, may appear with different tunes and lyrics than the ones they sang, but I can’t think of a better place to start than their versions. Lets all try to sing their songs.
LOU and VIRGINIA CURTISS Tuesday Night Sings to end.
We have been doing these get togethers for quite a few years now and many of you came regularly and I thank you for that. I like to sit around and gab about music, sing songs old and new. However, I think there are just too many conflicts and places to go and we are a ways to drive on a work night so we are going to try to get out to some of these other get togethers and maybe have an all day sing and potluck on a weekend sometime at our place. I’ll let you all know. You can check my Facebook page (that’s Louis F Curtiss) for regular updates on old music and what I’m doing about it.
Check my radio show “Jazz Roots” on KSDS 88.3FM or Jazz88.org on Sunday nights from 8pm to 10pm or if you have a question about old music and songs you can e mail me at “email@example.com” or c/o San Diego Troubadour (I’m sure they’ll get it to me). Happy New Year to you all.