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Deep River (song)

Sheet music for Henry T. Burleigh's influential 1917 arrangement of "Deep River"

"Deep River" is an anonymous spiritual of African-American origin.

OverviewEdit

The song was first mentioned in print in 1876, when it was published in the first edition of The Story of the Jubilee Singers: With Their Songs, by J. B. T. Marsh (page 230).[1] By 1917, when [Harry T. Burleigh] completed the last of his several influential arrangements, the song had become very popular in recitals. It has been called "perhaps the best known and best-loved spiritual".[2]

It has been sung in several films, including the 1929 film version of Show Boat (when it was sung by Laura La Plante - dubbed by Eva Olivetti),[3] Paul Robeson performed it accompanied by a large male chorus in the 1940 movie The Proud Valley,[4] and it was sung by Chevy Chase in the 1983 blockbuster hit National Lampoon's Vacation.[5]

The melody was also adapted into the song "Dear Old Southland", by Henry Creamer and Turner Layton in 1921 and it enjoyed popular success in 1922 with versions by Paul Whiteman and by Vernon Dalhart.[6]

"Deep River" is one of the five spirituals included in the oratorio A Child of Our Time, first performed in 1944, by the classical composer Michael Tippett (1905–98).

RecordingsEdit

LyricsEdit

Deep river,
My home is over Jordan.
Deep river, Lord.
I want to cross over into campground.

Deep River,
My home is over Jordan.
Deep river, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

Oh, don't you want to go,
To the Gospel feast;
That Promised Land,
Where all is peace?

Oh, deep river, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marsh, J. B. T.; Loudin, Frederick J. (2003). Amazon. ISBN 978-0486431321.
  2. ^ Wayne D. Shirley, "The Coming of 'Deep River'", American Music, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Winter 1997), pp. 493–534. Published by the University of Illinois Press.
  3. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Show Boat (1929) – Soundtracks",IMDb.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 490. ISBN 978-0-89820-083-6.
  7. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Album Reviews". Review of Spirituals by Adelaide Hall and Kenneth Cantril, Billboard, January 22, 1949. Retrieved December 28, 2014).
  11. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.

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