Mudcat Café message #1503801 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46661   Message #1503801
Posted By: GUEST,Elijah Wald
18-Jun-05 - 04:16 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Chicken Is Nice (Dave Van Ronk)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Van Ronk: Chicken Is Nice
"Chicken Is Nice" was recorded in the late 1940s by its composer, the blind Liberian pianist Howard B. Hayes, and released on a 78 album called (as I remember) Cafe and Cabaret Music from Liberia, or something of that sort, which is where Dave learned it. This was reissued last year, along with a lot of similar material, on "Songs of the African Coast: Café Music of Liberia and Ghana," and there is more info at
It is a wonderful album, with quite a few songs that should be more widely known.