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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
08-Oct-14 - 10:09 AM
Thread Name: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Subject: RE: fifties popsongs that started as folk
"Down by the Riverside" (also known as "Ain't Gonna Study War No More" and "Gonna lay down my burden") is a gospel song.

It was first published in "Plantation Melodies: A Collection of Modern, Popular and Old-time Negro-Songs of the Southland", Chicago, the Rodeheaver Company, 1918. The song was first recorded by the Fisk University Jubilee Quartet in 1920 (published by Columbia in 1922).

Ken Colyer's Skiffle Group recorded/released it on 28 July 1955. The B side was Take this Hammer.

Chris Barber's Jazz Band issued it as the flipside of the single Ice Cream, which was a big success all over the world. It was recorded on 9 October 1955, with Chris Barber: trombone, vocals; Lonnie Donegan: banjo; Pat Halcox: trumpet; Monty Sunshine: clarinet; Ron Bowden: drums.

Ken Colyer, Monty Sunshine and Pat Hawes with The Crane River Jazz Band released it again in 1959.        

Source; Wikipedia and youtube.