Edited by Azizi Powell
This is Part I of a two part series about the African American work song entitled "Grizzly Bear".
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/01/grizzly-bear-as-sung-by-black-texas.html for Part I of this series.
Part I showcases a sound file of &lyrics to a rendition of this song by Black Texas Prison inmates which was collected by Pete & Toshi Seeger in 1951.
Part II showcases a sound file of and lyrics to a rendition of this song by Black Texas prison inmates led by Benny Richardson in 1966. That post also includes an excerpt of comments written by Bruce Jackson about the "Grizzly Bear" song.
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Benny Richarson - Grizzly Bear
JoannaWezymordowa Published on Oct 23, 2012
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Thanks to the men who sang this song. Thanks also to Bruce Jackson for collecting this prison work song and others and for transcribing & commenting about this song. Thanks also to the publisher of this sound file on YouTube.
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