Edited by Azizi Powell
Latest Update- Nov. 9, 2021
This is Part I of a two part pancocojams 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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various artists- topic, April 25, 2019
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Grizzly Bear · Benny Richardson Wake Up Dead Man: Black Convict Worksongs From Texas Prisons ℗ 1975 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc. Released on: 1975-01-01 Associated Performer, Vocals: Benny Richardson Producer, Recording Producer: Center For Studies In American Culture Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer, Editor: Bruce Jackson Composer Lyricist: Traditional
The sound file that was originally used for this post is no longer available (as of Nov. 9, 2021 or earlier).
Wake Up Dead Man - Black Convict Worksongs From Texas Prisons
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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