American Folk Songs

American Folk Songs is a 1948 album by Jo Stafford. The original release featured six songs on three 78-RPM discs. It was released as a long-playing record in 1950, with two additional songs. Since the 1962 re-release, the album has featured twelve popular folk songs.[2][3] The Saturday Review described the album as "of its own excellence."[4]

American Folk Songs
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay, 1948
LabelCapitol, Corinthian
Jo Stafford chronology
Kiss Me, Kate
American Folk Songs
Autumn in New York
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Judy Collins has cited the album as one of the first to spark her interest in folk music.[5]

Track listingEdit

All songs are traditional.

2."Black Is the Color"2:58
3."Old Joe Clark"1:43
4."Wayfaring Stranger"3:02
5."Barbara Allen"2:57
6."Single Girl"2:14
7."Red Rosey Bush"2:56
8."I Wonder as I Wander"3:07
9."Cripple Creek"1:30
10."The Nightingale"3:26
11."Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier"2:52
12."Sourwood Mountain"1:46


  1. ^ American Folk Songs at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  2. ^ "American Folk Songs-track listing". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "American Folk Songs-credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Recordings Report on Popular Releases". Saturday Review. May 29, 1948: 47. Retrieved September 12, 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Stephen Holden (November 27, 1987). "Judy Collins, A Concern And a Bond". The New York Times. Pop/Jazz. Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)