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"Goodnight Irene," or "Irene, Goodnight," is a 20th century American folk standard. Some sources, including blues scholar Paul Oliver, claim the version popularized by Lead Belly in the 1940s is based on the 1886 pop song by Gussie L. Davis. Lead Belly himself said he had learned it from his uncle. It was a US #1 hit for folk group The Weavers in 1950. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the... “Blues music” redirects here. ... Paul Oliver is a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development. ... For the film, see Leadbelly (film). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Gussie L. Davis (1862 - 1889) was an African-American songwriter from Ohio. ... The Weavers were an immensely popular and influential folk music quartet from Greenwich Village, New York, United States. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It has since been recorded by a number of artists, in pop, country, folk and rock styles (see list below). In 2002, Lead Belly's 1936 Library of Congress recording received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. The Library of Congress is the de facto national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress. ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall...


In England, it is associated with Bristol RoversF.C. many fans sing it during matches Bristol Rovers are a professional football team based in Bristol, England. ...

Contents

1950: the hits

The recording by The Weavers was recorded in New York City on May 26, 1950 and released by Decca Records as catalog number 27077. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on June 30, 1950 and lasted 25 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1. [1] The Weavers were an immensely popular and influential folk music quartet from Greenwich Village, New York, United States. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... This list presents the numbering systems used by various record companies for single (mainly 7 33 1/3 and 45, and 10 78 rpm) records. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1949 in music, other events of 1950, 1951 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events Malcolm Sargent becomes chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. ...


The recording by Frank Sinatra was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 38892. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on July 10, 1950 and lasted 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #12. [1] “Sinatra” redirects here. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1949 in music, other events of 1950, 1951 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events Malcolm Sargent becomes chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. ...


The recording by Dennis Day was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-3870. It reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart at #22 on September 22, 1950, its only week on the chart. [1] The flip side, a cover of Patti Page's hit "All My Love" had approximately equal success, so that if a one-week stay in the charts at #22 is considered a hit, this was a two-sided hit. Dennis Day (May 21, 1918 - June 22, 1988) Irish American singer who appeared for years on Jack Bennys radio and television shows. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1949 in music, other events of 1950, 1951 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events Malcolm Sargent becomes chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. ... Patti Page (born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927 in Claremore, Oklahoma) is one of the best-known female singers in traditional pop music. ... All My Love (Bolero) is a popular song. ...


The recording by Jo Stafford was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 1142. It reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart at #26 on September 1, 1950, its only week on the chart. [1] This was her last charted hit before moving from Capitol to Columbia Records. Jo Stafford (born Jo Elizabeth Stafford November 12, 1917, in Coalinga, California) is an American pop singer whose career spanned the late 1930s through the early 1960s. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1949 in music, other events of 1950, 1951 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events Malcolm Sargent becomes chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...


On the Cash Box chart, where all available versions were combined in the standings, the song reached a peak position of #1 on September 2, 1950, and lasted at #1 for 10 weeks. Cash Box magazine was a weekly publication devoted to the music and coin-operated machine industry. ... is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It was also a #1 record (3 weeks) for Ernest Tubb & Red Foley (1950) on Decca records with The Sunshine Trio (backing vocals). Ernest Dale Tubb (February 9, 1914 - September 6, 1984), nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, was an American singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of country music. ... Clyde Julian Red Foley ( June 17, 1910 - September 19, 1968) was a country music singer. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ...


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Preceded by
"Mona Lisa" by Nat King Cole
U.S. Billboard Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
August 19November 11, 1950
Succeeded by
"Harbor Lights" by Sammy Kaye
Preceded by
Mona Lisa
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart
#1 record

September 2, 1950November 4, 1950
Succeeded by
Harbor Lights
Preceded by
"Ghost Riders In The Sky" by Vaughn Monroe
Billboard Number one single of the year
1950
Succeeded by
"Too Young" by Nat King Cole

Mona Lisa was an Academy Award-winning song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the film . ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1949 in music, other events of 1950, 1951 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events Malcolm Sargent becomes chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. ... Harbor Lights is a popular song. ... ÁSammy Kaye (born Samuel Zarnocay, Jr. ... Mona Lisa was an Academy Award-winning song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the film . ... Cash Box magazine was a weekly publication devoted to the music and coin-operated machine industry. ... is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harbor Lights is a popular song. ... Vaughn Monroe (October 7, 1911 - May 21, 1973) was a singer, trumpeter and big band leader, most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... Billboard Year-End is a cumulative measure of a single or album cuts airplay and sales during that Billboard magazine chart year. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Too Young is a popular song. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 

Joel Carver Whitburn (born November 29, 1939 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) is an American author and music historian. ...

Lyrics

Lead Belly's version

  • Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight,
Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene,
I'll get you in my dreams
  • I asked your mother for you
(What'd she tell him?)
She told me that you was too young
(She's 18 years old)
I wish the lord that I'd never seen your face
I'm sorry you ever was born
(It broke his heart!)
  • Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight,
Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene,
I'll get you in my dreams
  • Sometimes I live in the country,
Sometimes I live in town,
Sometimes I have a great notion;
Jumpin' in into the river and drown
  • Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight
Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene
I'll get you in my dreams
  • Stop ramblin', and stop gamblin',
Quit stayin' out late at night
(What are ya gonna do?)
Go home to your wife and your family
(Where you oughta be,)
And sit down out by the fireside bright
(And people come at night)
  • Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight,
Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene,
I'll get you in my dreams
  • I love Irene, god knows I do
(Too late)
Love her until the sea run dry
If Irene turns her back on me
(Whatcha gonna do?)
I'm gonna take a morphine and die
(She said, "go ahead and kill yourself then!")
  • Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight,
Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene,
I'll get you in my dreams

The Weavers' Version

  • The very last words that I heard her say,
Was "please sing me one more song"
  • Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight,
Goodnight Irene, Goodnight Irene,
I'll see you in my dreams
  • Last Saturday night, I got married
Me and my wife settled down
Now me and my wife are parted
I'm gonna take another stroll downtown
  • Stop rambling, stop your rambling,
Stop staying out late at night
Go home to your wife and family
Stay there by your fireside bright
  • I love Irene God knows I do
Love her till the seas run dry
And if Irene turns her back on me,
I'll take morphine and die

(Amid the political and social pressure that plagued The Weavers through much of their early career, this last verse was frequently omitted from live performances to make the song more palatable to white audiences.)


ANOTHER VERSE Sometimes she wears pajamas, Sometimes she wears a nightgown, But when they're both at the laundry, Irene is the talk of the town


Selected list of recorded versions

Mitch Miller and the gang (On the album of their singalong folk songs) from 1959. Peter, Paul and Mary, as a finale of a live concert in the 1980s. For the film, see Leadbelly (film). ... The Library of Congress is the de facto national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress. ... The Weavers were an immensely popular and influential folk music quartet from Greenwich Village, New York, United States. ... “Sinatra” redirects here. ... Ernest Dale Tubb (February 9, 1914 - September 6, 1984), nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, was an American singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of country music. ... Clyde Julian Red Foley ( June 17, 1910 - September 19, 1968) was a country music singer. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Raffi on the cover of his album Bananaphone Raffi Cavoukian, OC, OBC (born July 8, 1948), usually known simply as Raffi, is a popular childrens entertainer in Canada, the United States, and the Western world at large. ... Corner Grocery Store is a music album by popular childrens entertainer Raffi, released in 1979. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Booker James Booker - Pianist, Vocalist, Recording Artist (December 17, 1939 - November 8, 1983) // James Carroll Booker III was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 17, 1939, son and grandson of Baptist ministers, both of whom played the piano. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Dr. John is the stage name of Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... The Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980, in the Sunnyslope neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. ... Raw Meat an 10 Vinyl promo release that only came as a bonus record with the Too High To Die LP. It includes outtakes from the Too High To Die sessions. ... This article is about the year. ... Kelly Joe Phelps is an American musician and songwriter. ... Orvon Gene Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998) was an American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television. ... Moon Mullican was an American country and western singer and pianist in the late 1940s and 1950s from Louisiana. ... Jerry Reed Hubbard (born March 20, 1937) is an American country music singer, country guitarist, songwriter, and actor. ... Gordon Jenkins Gordon Hill Jenkins (12 May 1910-1 May 1984) was an American arranger who was an influential figure in popular music in the 1940s and 1950s, renowned for his lush string arrangements. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... Jackie Greene Mid-solo in Sacramento, 2005 Jackie Greene (born on November 27, 1980 in Monterey, California) is a singer-songwriter and blues musician. ... Ryland Ry Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. ... Alex Harvey (February 5, 1935 - February 4, 1982) was a Scottish rock and roll recording artist. ... Michelle Shocked (born Karen Michelle Johnston, 24 February 1962, in Dallas, Texas) is a U.S. singer-songwriter whose music and performances are influenced by her Texas roots, her political activism, and a self-assured style that her first major label producer likened to troubadours such as Joni Mitchell, Spider... Bryan Ferry (born 26 September 1945 in Washington, Sunderland) is an English singer, musician, songwriter and occasional actor famed for his suave visual and vocal style, who came to public prominence in the 1970s as lead vocalist and principal songwriter with Roxy Music. ... Nigel Blackwell, singer, guitarist and songwriter Half Man Half Biscuit, often abbreviated to HMHB, are a UK rock band from Birkenhead, active sporadically since the mid-1980s, known for their satirical, sardonic and sometimes surreal songs. ... Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the stage name Little Richard, is an African-American singer, songwriter, and pianist, who began performing in the 1940s and recording from 1951. ... Peter Seeger (born May 3, 1919), almost universally known as Pete Seeger, is a folk singer, political activist, and author. ... The Irish Rovers are a popular and long-running Canadian-Irish folk group created in 1963. ... The Chieftains are a Grammy-winning Irish musical group founded in 1963, known for performing and popularizing Irish traditional music. ... This duo was comprised of Les Paul and Mary Ford This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Peter, Paul and Mary (often PP&M) was one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. ... Mississippi John Smith Hurt (March 8, 1892 , Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi - November 2, 1966, Grenada, Mississippi) was an influential blues singer and guitarist. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... Odetta (b. ... Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of rockabilly music, a mix of rhythm and blues and country music that was recorded most notably at Sun Records in Memphis beginning in 1954. ... Big Bill Broonzy (1893 or 1898-1958) was a prolific United States composer, recorder and performer of blues songs. ... Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. ... For other persons named Robert Johnson, see Robert Johnson (disambiguation). ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... Mantovani, born Annunzio Paolo Mantovani ( November 15, 1905 – March 29, 1980) was a popular conductor and entertainer in the easy listening style. ... Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges on April 2, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. ... Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, California), is an American pop musician, best known as the lead songwriter, bassist, and lead singer of the American rock band The Beach Boys. ... Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ... The Pogues are a band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk rock movement. ... Kirsty Anna MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was an English singer-songwriter. ... Bristol Rovers are a professional football team based in Bristol, England. ... Sports ground in Bristol, dedicated to the memory of the rugby players of the city killed during the Great War. ...


See also

  • Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, another song The Weavers borrowed from Lead Belly
  • Van Morrison, growing up as a fan of Lead Belly, did his very first performance singing "Goodnight, Irene" as a child.
  • Moxy Früvous, a Canadian band, incorporates the chorus of "Goodnight, Irene" into their song "The Drinking Song".
  • Book by Ken Kesey titled Sometimes a Great Notion from the song "Goodnight, Irene".
  • PJ Harvey sings the chorus of "Goodnight, Irene" on the track "Goodnight" featured on the album 4-Track Demos.
  • The phrase "Goodnight Irene" also appears in the song "Reckless Burning" by Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter.

Kisses Sweeter than Wine can refer to: Kisses Sweeter than Wine (song), a popular song written in 1951, popularized in 1958 by Jimmie Rodgers and by Frankie Vaughan Kisses Sweeter than Wine, an episode of the television series Frasier This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with... George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Moxy Früvous is a folk-pop/geek-rock band from the Toronto, Ontario area. ... Sometimes a Great Notion is a 1964 novel by Ken Kesey. ... PJ Harvey in concert. ... 4-Track Demos is a 1993 album by PJ Harvey. ... Jesse Sykes is a singer/songwriter based out of Seattle, WA. Her backing band is The Sweet Hereafter, which features Phil Wandscher (late of Whiskeytown) on guitar. ...

References

  • Oliver, Paul (1984). Songsters and saints : vocal traditions on race records. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-24827-2.
  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 

Paul Oliver is a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development. ... Joel Carver Whitburn (born November 29, 1939 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) is an American author and music historian. ...

External links

  • Good Night Irene - lyrics and midi on RienziHills.com
  • Bristol Rovers football fans singing Goodnight Irene

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