Sunday, August 28, 2011

Irene, good night!

Irene good night
Good night Irene Good night Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

Well, obviously living at the Jersey shore...the southern end, not the Snooki end...I did not have time to set up a post for this I thought I would do a quickie on Irene...

"Goodnight, Irene" or "Irene, Goodnight," is a 20th century American folk standard, first recorded by American blues musician Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter in 1932.

A legendary singer and guitarist, he was raised near Shreveport, La., worked on farms in Texas, and began performing in Dallas, Texas, as a protégé of Blind Lemon Jefferson in the 1910s. (Leadbelly got his own nickname because of his deep bass voice.)

In 1917 he was sentenced to prison on a murder conviction; eight years later he literally sang a plea of mercy to the Texas governor and was pardoned. A similar episode occurred in 1935. In 1930 he had been sentenced to ten years for wounding a group of men with a knife; in 1934 Leadbelly composed a song for the Louisiana governor, and, with the intervention of the folklorists John and Alan Lomax, won a reprieve. Over the next year, Leadbelly traveled with John Lomax and recorded hundreds of songs that formed a cornerstone of the Library of Congress folklore archives. In 1938 he moved permanently to New York City, where he recorded for Columbia Records and became a celebrated figure in literary and political circles. His best-known songs include "Irene, Good Night," "Rock Island Line," and "Midnight Special."

As recent as 2005 and 2008, there were movies with the same title the name Irene will never be the same for those of us who "survived" the hurricane, but I still say that I dislike blizzards more...I don't have to shovel "Irene"!

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