Washboard Bill Cooke performing at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Florida Folklife Area Tent)

Type:

Sound

Date:

05/28/1993

Item:

Audio recording

Container:

30

Series:

S1576

Item ID:

C93-3 through C93-4

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General Note/Comment

  • Two audio cassette recordings. C93-3: Washboard Bill Cooke discusses his hobo days and railroad life; also his Start playing the washboard. Cornelius Wright and Elder Brown of the Gandy Dancers also participate (index sheet indicates that Wright is hard to hear at one point). Wright and Washboard Bill talk about railroad work and work in general. Emcee Jah asks about playing ukuleles and fiddles. C93-4: Cooke, the Gandy Dancers, and emcee Jah discuss blues musicians including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Mississippi John Hurt. They talk about the African American background of many of Elvis's songs. They also discuss integration in Birmingham and the Apollo Theater; treatment of children in the company "quarters" in the 1940s; pay; foods and their cost of living at that time. The theme for the 1993 Florida Folklife Area was transportation.

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