Audio Recording You've Been A Good Old Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down The Wagon

You've Been A Good Old Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down

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Title
You've Been A Good Old Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down
Other Title
The Wagon
Alternate Title
The Wagon
Contributor Names
Harney, Benjamin Robertson -- 1872-1938 (singer)
Harney, Benjamin Robertson -- 1872-1938 (composer)
Gordon, Robert Winslow (recordist)
Created / Published
Library of Congress, 1978.
Subject Headings
-  Ragtime music
-  Songs--United States
-  Pennsylvania
Notes
-  This is thought to be the first published ragtime song, published in 1895. The original sheet music was written for piano and voice. (General)
-  Not all the verses are included, so this performance was probably shortened in order to fit on the cylinder recording. (Content)
-  A blues song with a similar title, "You're a Good Old Wagon, But Daddy You've Done Broke Down," was written by Bessie Smith and Stuart Balcom, recorded by Columbia Records, 1925. (General)
-  Robert Winslow Gordon gives the title "The Wagon," but this is probably a note as it is not the published title. (Content)
-  Harney states at the end of the recording (not included in this presentation) "This is absolutely the first song published in ragtime; the first song ever written in ragtime. The idea was conceived by Ben Harney, in Louisville, Kentucky." (General)
-  This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture.. (source note)
Form
sound recording
Extent
1 cylinder.
Repository
American Folklife Center
LC Classification
AFC 1928/002: AFS 19009 Gordon Cyl. G24, misc. 37
Online Format
audio
Additional Metadata Formats
METSXML Record

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Chicago citation style:

Harney, Benjamin Robertson, Benjamin Robertson Harney, and Robert Winslow Gordon. You've Been A Good Old Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down. Library of Congress, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200196487/.

APA citation style:

Harney, B. R., Harney, B. R. & Gordon, R. W. (1978) You've Been A Good Old Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down. Library of Congress. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200196487/.

MLA citation style:

Harney, Benjamin Robertson, Benjamin Robertson Harney, and Robert Winslow Gordon. You've Been A Good Old Wagon, But You've Done Broke Down. Library of Congress, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200196487/>.

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