Note: Notes from Rounder Records release "Calypso After Midnight" read: "This folk song – calypso was first noted as a digging song or work song in Walter Jekyll's Jamaican Song and Story, published in 1907 (pp. 183-4). Beginning in the 1920s, the tune was recorded many times, often as 'Hold 'Em Joe.' Its widespread popularity may be due to its catchy refrain and double meaning. Macbeth incorporates verses from 'Dingo Lay,' a 1935 Trinidad road march. He cut the piece for Guild (115) in 1945."
About the session: A live recording of "Calypso At Midnight," a concert held at Town Hall, New York City, on December 21, 1946. Learning that Town Hall could be rented cheaply after regular theater hours, Alan Lomax produced a late-night concert series called The Midnight Special, which was thematically organized as "Blues At Midnight," "Ballads At Midnight," etc., and sponsored by the People's Songs Collective. The calypso concert recordings, made at Lomax's request and later found by chance in a closet by Bess Lomax Hawes, may be the only extant documents of this series. "This concert is a fascinating document of an American presentation of Trinidadian calypso at a time when interest in the genre was spreading from New York City into the mainstream of popular music in the United States" (Donald R. Hill and John H. Cowley, Calypso At Midnight [Rounder CD 1860])
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