The Songs of
Songs Performers Albums Audio

1. Old Dan Tucker
2. Jesse James
3. Mrs. McGrath
4. O Mary Don't You Weep
5. John Henry
6. Erie Canal
7. Jacob's Ladder
8. My Oklahoma Home
9. Eyes On the Prize
10. Shenandoah
11. Pay Me My Money Down
12. We Shall Overcome
13. Froggie Went A Courtin'
14. Buffalo Gals
15. How Can I Keep From Singing


American Land Edition Additional Songs:

16. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
17. Bring 'Em Home
18. American Land


Seeger Sessions Tour Songs:

1. Long Black Veil


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RecordingsNotes

John Henry

Artist
Year
Genre Album Notes
101 Strings Orchestra
 
Easy Listening Soul of Music U.S.A.  
Aaron McDaris
2005
Country First Time Around banjo/bluegress instrumental
Abe Horton
1974
Folk field recording by Blanton Owen and Abe Horton http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Ace Cannon
1987
Rock Golden Classics saxophone instrumental; check recording date
Addie Leffew
1961
Folk field recording by Peter Hoover http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Albert Josey
1937
Folk Library of Congress Banjo Collection http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Allison Mathis & Jesse Stroller
1941
Blues Red River Blues 1934-1943  
Archie Edwards
1989
Blues Blues 'n Bones  
Area Code 615
1969
Country Area Code 615/A Trip in the Country instrumental; released 2000
Arlo Guthrie
1989
Blues Leadbelly: A Tribute check artists/vocalist
Arnie Naiman and Chris Coole
1997
Folk 5 Strings Attached with No Backing  
Art Rosenbaum
1974
Folk Five String Banjo  
Arthur Bell
193?
Blues Field Recordings, Vol. 2: North & South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas (1926-1943) released 1998; a capella; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/bell2.ram
Arthur Lyman
1961
Easy Listening Yellow Bird vibraphone instrumental
Austin Harmon
1939
Folk field recording by Herbert Halpert http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Bascom Lamar Lunsford
1935
Folk field recording by William Cabell Greet and George W. Hibbitt http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Bassholes
1995
Rock Haunted Hill  
Béla Fleck
1985
Jazz Banjo Picking Styles  
Bertrando Goio
 
Folk online harmonica instrumental; http://www.ibiblio.org/john_henry/13JohnHenry.mp3
Big Bill Broonzy
1951
Blues The Chronological Big Bill Broonzy: 1951 http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/broonzy2.ram
Big Boy
1998
Blues Too Late, Too Late, Vol. 10: 1926-1951 check recording date
Big Walter "Shakey" Horton
1964
Blues The Soul of Blues Harmonica solo harmonica instrumental  
Bill Clifton
1952
Folk Bluegrass Session 1952  
Bill Cornett
1959
Folk Mountain Music of Kentucky  
Bill Davis & Jean Davis
195?
Country Close to Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection (1952-1967) guitar instrumental
Bill Jorgenson
2001
Country Father of Wisconsin Bluegrass  
Bill McAdoo and Pete Seeger
1960
Folk Bill McAdoo Sings with Guitar http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=342#
Bill Monroe
1954
Folk "Bill Monroe: Bluegrass 1950-1958" "New John Henry Blues"; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/BMonroe.ram
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
1962
Folk There Is No Eye: Music for Photographs  
Bill Ramsey
1965
Jazz Songs from Home  
Bill Rhoades & Alan Hager
1998
Blues Runnin' & Ramblin' harmonica instrumental
Bill Smith
1959
Jazz Folk Jazz jazz clarinet instrumental
Bill Williams
1969
Folk These Blues is Meant to be Barrelhoused  
Bill Wood
1959
Folk Folk Singers 'Round Harvard Square  
Billie & De De Pierce
1959
Jazz Gulf Coast Blues  
Billy Edd Wheeler
 
Bluegrass Billy Edd and Bluegrass, Too http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=2661
Billy Kyle
1938
Jazz The Chronological Billy Kyle: 1937-1938  
Blind Arvella Gray
1964
Blues And This Is Maxwell Street another version on "Singing Drifter" from 1972
Blind Connie Williams
1961
Blues Philadelphia Street Singer  
Blind James Campbell
1962
Blues Blind James Campbell and His Nashville Street Band  
Bob Fox
2002
Blues Blues Makes Me Happy  
Bob Gibson
1957
Folk I Come For to Sing stream at http://www.engine-studios.com/vpp/Folk/Pages/BGibson2Sing_JannaMarkBluegrass.html
Bob Gibson & Bob Camp
1961
Folk Bob Gibson & Camp at the Gate of Horn "The Thinking Man" (parody)
Bob Gibson & Bob Camp
1986
Folk Gibson & Camp ...Revisited "John Henry, The Thinking Man" (parody, revised from 1961 version)
Bob Hadley
1975
Rock Tunes from the Well  
Booker T. Sapps
1935
Blues Field Recordings, Vol. 7: Florida  
Brother John Sellers
1954
Gospel Brother John Sellers Sings Blues and Folk Songs  
Brownie McGhee / Sonny Terry
1958
Blues Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry Sing  
Bruce Buckley
1955
Folk Ohio Valley Ballads http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=145#
Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown
1997
Country Bruce Moisky & Big Hoedown fiddle/guitar
Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown
1998
Country A Prairie Home Companion, January 31, 1998 http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/19980131/
Buck Quesenberry and Dorothy Rorick
1974
Folk field recording by Tom Carter http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Buell Kazee
1958
Country Buell Kazee Sings and Plays Folkways
Burl Ives
1960
Folk Return of the Wayfaring Stranger  
Buster Brown
1960
Blues New King of the Blues  
Calvin Cole
1960
Folk field recording by Peter Hoover http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Carl Jackson
1970
Country Songs of the South confirm recording date; banjo instrumental
Carl Martin
1966
Blues Crow Jane Blues  
Carter Brothers
2001
Country Cedarhouse bluegrass instrumental; http://weedtracks.com/shnyfile/download/107150.wma
Casey Anderson
1960
Folk Goin' Places  
Charlie Cline
1991
Country Goin' Up Copper Creek  
Charlie Daniels
1997
Country By the Light of the Moon: Campfire Songs & Cowboy Tunes  
Charlie Lowe with Tommy Jarrell and Ernest East
1952
Folk field recording by B.F. Jarrell http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Charlie McCoy
1973
Country Good Time Charlie  
Charlie Woods
1974
Folk field recording by Tom Carter http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Chet Atkins
1959
Country Hum & Strum Along With Chet Atkins  
Chicago String Band
1966
Jazz Chicago String Band guitar/harmonica instrumental
Chris Jones
1996
Country Blinded by the Rose  
'Cile Turner
2006
Folk Makin' Glory  
Clarence Hound Dog
2005
Folk Back Porch Bluegrass banjo instrumental
Clarence Jackson
2003
Country Country Swingin' Slide Guitar Pickin': 24 Great Dobro confrim recording date; dobro/harmonica instrumental
Clovest Crotts and Bobby Crotts
1962
Folk field recording by Peter Hoover http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Dallas Smith & the Boys From Shiloh
2002
Rock Still Pickin' bluegrass instrumental
Dan Crary
2000
Country Dan Crary & Lonnie Hoppers guitar/fiddle instrumental
Dave Bing, Ron Mullennex, Mark Payne, Gerry Milnes, and Jim Martin
 
Folk Gandydancer  
Dave Dudley
1964
Country Songs About the Working Man  
Dave Morehouse
1991
Folk Acoustic News!  
Dave Van Ronk
1959
Folk Ballads, Blues, and a Spiritual  
David Grier
2002
Country I've Got the House to Myself guitar instrumental
David Grisman
197?
Country Early Dawg mandolin/guitar instrumental; released 1980
David Holt
1991
Country Grandfather's Greatest Hits  
David Johnson
1983
Country Smoky Mountain Memories: Bluegrass Favorites banjo instrumental; http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=1903#
David Monson
2005
Old Town piano/banjo instrumental; http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/monson
David Thompson 1963 Folk field recording by Henry Felt and Lee B. Haggerty http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
DeFord Bailey 1928 Folk Black & White Hillbilly Music: Early Harmonica Recordings from the 1920s & 1930's harmonica instrumenal
Dennis O. "Dent" Wimmer
1974
Folk field recording by Tom Carter http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Dermot Byrne
199?
Folk Raw Whisky Blues released 2000
Dink Roberts
1974
Folk Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=2411
Doc & Merle Watson
1967
Folk Home Sweet Home  
Doc Watson
1988
Folk Sings Songs for Little Pickers  
Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley
1962
Folk Original Folkways Recordings: 1960-1962 http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/ashwats2.ram
Doc Watson & Larry Perkins
1998
Folk A Glad Reunion Day "The Death of John Henry"
Dock Boggs
1965
Folk Doc Boggs, Vol. 2 http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=232
Dog Mountain
2005
Country Lift a Leg different melody
Don Reno & Red Smiley
1957
Country On Stage  
Doo Rag
1995
Rock Chuncked & Muddled  
Doug Jernigan
1976
Country Roadside Rag  
Dry Branch Fire Squad
1996
Country Live! at Last bluegrass instrumental
Duane Eddy
1960
Rock Songs of Our Heritage guitar instrumental
Dwight Diller
199?
Folk Piney Woods "John Henry Blues"; http://www.dwightdiller.com/DDdisc.html#piney_woods
Earl Johnson & His Dixie Entertainers
1927
Country Earl Johnson: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 1 "John Henry Blues"
Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys
1959
Folk Folk Songs from the Blue Grass  
Eat'n'Run
 
Folk Driving Me Crazy http://www.voyagerrecords.com/new.htm
Ed Lewis
1959
Folk Southern Journey, Vol. 5: Bad Man Ballads/Songs of Outlaws and Desperados a capella
Ed McCurdy
 
Folk The Best of Ed McCurdy  
Eddie "One String" Jones
1960
Blues One String Blues  
Eddie Lee "Mustright" Jones and Family
1965
Blues Yonder Go That Old Black Dog: Blues, Spirituals and Folksongs from Rural Georgia  
Elijah Brown
196?
Blues Down Home Slide slide guitar
Elmer Bird
1980?
Folk Elmer's Greatest Licks  
Eric Weissberg, Tom Paley, Art Rosenbaum, Marshall Brickman
1962
Folk Folk Banjo Styles  
Ethel Arp
1964
Folk field recording by Peter Hoover http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Etheridge Scott
1968
Folk field recording http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html; fiddle bluegrass
Etta Baker
1956
Folk Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians guitar instrumental; track appears on many albums
Etta Baker & Cora Phillips
1988
Blues Carolina Breakdown guitar instrumental
Etta Baker with Taj Mahal
1998
Blues Etta Baker With Taj Mahal guitar instrumental
Fiddlin' John Carson
1924
Country Fiddlin' John Carson: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order "John Henry Blues"; http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/me/20020902.me.johnhenry.john.ram
Flatt & Scruggs
1961
Country Foggy Mountain Banjo bluegrass instrumental
Fleming Brown
1962
Folk Appalachian Banjo Songs and Ballads http://www.folk-legacy.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=30
Foster & Larue
1996
R&B Stirring with Soul check recording date
Frances Faye
1957
Vocal Sings Folk Songs  
Frank Hamilton
1962
Folk Frank Hamilton Sings Folk Songs http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=333#
Frank Hovington
1975
Blues Lonesome Road Blues lyrics variant
Freak Mountain Ramblers
2001
Folk Freak Mountain Ramblers  
Fred Cockerham and Tommy Jarrell
1969
Folk field recording by Blanton Owen http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Fred McFalls, Ben Bryson, Paul Wiley, The Mills Family, Henry Vanoy, Roy Caudill, Ellis Cowan
1968
Folk Comin' Round the Mountain: Old Time Southern Singing and Playing in Western Washington http://www.voyagerrecords.com/new.htm
Furry Lewis
1953
Blues Compact Jazz: Best of Blues Lewis recorded several versions of this song; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/FurryLewis.ram
Gabriel Brown
1935
Blues Field Recordings, Vol. 7: Florida  
Garrison Keillor & Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
2004
Folk A Prairie Home Companion, November 13, 2004 spoof; http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2004/11/13/scripts/henry.shtml 
Garrison Keillor, Guy's All-Star Shoe Band & Brad Paisley
2006
Folk A Prairie Home Companion, April 8, 2006 spoof; http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2006/04/08/scripts/henry.shtml 
George Payne and Richard Blaustein
1974
Folk field recording by Blanton Owen http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
George Pegram
1964
Country George Pegram check recording date; 1950s?
George Roard and John Hensley
1938
Folk field recording by Mary Elizabeth Barnicle http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
George Stoneman
1941
Folk field recording by Joe Liss, Alan Lomax and Jerry Wiesner http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
George Thacker
1995
Folk Blazing a New Trail bluegrass instrumental
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings with Old Crow Medicine Show
2004
Folk video from BBC Four http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/music/ram/gillian_welch.ram
Glen Glenn
196?
Rock Glen Rocks  
Glen Smith
197?
Country Clawhammer Banjo, Vol. 3 banjo instrumental
Glen Stoneman
1959
Folk Southern Journey, Vol. 2: Ballads and Breakdown fiddle instrumental
Glenn Smith
1959
Folk field recording by Peter Hoover http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Glenn Yarbrough & The Limeliters
1965
Folk Chicago Tapes: First Set  
Golden Gate Quartet
1940
Gospel Freedom:  The Golden Gate Quartet at the Library of Congress  
Grandpa Jones
1969
Country Grandpa Jones: Live  
Great American String Band with Benny Martin
1991
Country 200 Years of American Heritage in Song: 100 Classics  
Greg Hooven
1993
Folk Tribute to Fred Cockerham  
Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey, and Robert Pete Williams
1959
Blues Prison Worksongs  
Hank Thompson
1956
Country Songs of the Brazos Valley  
Happy Traum
1975
Folk Relax Your Mind  
Harold B. Hazelhurst
1939
Folk field recording by Herbert Halpert http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/atc/20020228.atc.johnhenry.ram; a capella
Harry Belafonte
1954
Vocal Island in the Sun [Bear Family Box Set]  
Harvey Reid
2003
Folk The Autoharp Album autoharp instrumental
Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
196?
Folk Pioneering Women of Bluegrass guitar/fiddle instrumental
Henry Hurt Stilwell with Abe Horton and Zane Horton
1969
Folk field recording by Abe Horton http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Henry Johnson
1995
Blues Union County Flash!  
Henry Thomas
1927
Blues Ragtime Texas: 1927-1929 http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/me/20020902.me.johnhenry.thomas.ram
Hillstomp
2005
Rock One Word  
Hit Crew
2003
Folk Drew's Famous 30 Greatest Folk Songs made to sound like Woody and Cisco
Hobart Smith
1963
Folk In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes slide guitar instrumental; Smith did a field recording with Alan Lomax in 1942
Hookhead & Mare 2002 Rock Chilly Northern Women lyrics variant
Hot Rize 1986 Country Traditional Ties  
Howard Armstrong 1985 Blues Louie Bluie  
Howard Hall with the Pine River Boys
1974
Folk field recording by Blanton Owen http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Hoyt Axton
1962
Country The Balladeer  
Hylo Brown
195?
Country 1954-1960  
Hylo Brown and the Timberliners with Earl Scruggs
1959
Country Newport Folk Festival: Best of Bluegrass 1959-1966  
I.D. Stamper
1977
Folk Red Wing  
Iron Mountain String Band
1992?
Folk Music From the Mountain  
J. M. Mullins
1937
Folk filed recording by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
J. Paul Miles with Wade Miles and Vernon Miles
1940
Folk field recording by John A. and Ruby T. Lomax http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
J.C. and Vernon Sutphin
1957
Folk The Stoneman Family - Sutphin, Foreacre, and Dickens: Old-Time Tunes of the South http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=314#
J.J. Neece, Cleve and V.L. Sutphin
195?
Folk Close to Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection (1952-1967) fiddle instrumental
James "Bat" Robinson
196?
Blues Down Home Harp guitar/harmonica instrumental
James Alan Shelton
1999
Country Standing Room Only labelled "John Henry" but is "The Death of John Henry"
James Roberts
1974
Folk Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia banjo instrumental
Jazz Gillum
193?
Blues Blues, Boogie, Rhythm and More Blues harmonica instrumenal; check recording date
Jean Schilling
1967
Folk Old Traditions guitar instrumental
Jeffrey Lee Pierce
1982
Rock Early Warning solo recording; listed as "Gun Club" on album
Jerry Lee Lewis
195?
Rock Complete Sun Singles, Vol. 4 check recording date
Jerry Reed
1968
Country Nashville Underground  
Jesse Fuller
1963
Blues San Francisco Bay Blues  
Jim Greene
1995
Folk Just a Dream released 1997
Jim Mills
1998
Country Bound to Ride "John Henry Blues"
Jimmie Skinner
195?
Country Doin' My Time check recording date
Jimmie Skinner
195?
Country Doin' My Time "John Henry and the Waterboy"
Jimmie Tarlton
1963
Blues Steel Guitar Rag  
Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys
1958?
Country Hit Parade of Love: Live 1958-1960 banjo/bluegress instrumental
Jimmy Owens
193?
Blues Field Recordings, Vol. 1: Virginia (1936-1941) check recording date
Jo Stafford
1959
Vocal Ballad of the Blues  
Joe and Odell Thompson
1998
Folk Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia banjo/fiddle instrumental; check recording date
Joe Craven
2003
Rock Mo' Joe updated story
Joe Glazer
195?
Folk Joe Glazer Sings Folksongs  
Joe Goldmark
1996
Folk Goldmark Round Up Steelin' from His Past country-rock instrumental
Joe Uehlein & The U-Liners
 
Folk http://www.uliners.com/music.htm http://www.ibiblio.org/john_henry/JohnHenry.mp3
John Cephas
197?
Folk Virginia Traditions: Non-Blues Secular Black Music http://www.carts.org/jh_full2.ram
John Cephas & Phil Wiggins
1986
Blues Dog Days of August check artists
John Davis
193?
Blues Field Recordings, Vol. 2: North & South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas (1926-1943) check artist -- Bill Davis?
John Fahey
1959
Folk Legend of Blind Joe Death solo guitar instrumental; melodic variation; John Henry Variations"; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/Faheyvariations.ram
John Hartford
1971
Country Steam Powered Aereo-Takes fiddle/bluegrass instrumental
John Hartford
1992
Country Goin' Back to Dixie "Death of John Henry"
John Henry Barbee
1964
Blues Blues Masters, Vol. 3: I Ain't Gonna Pick No More Cotton  
John Jackson
1965
Blues Blues and Country Dance Tunes from Virginia included as part of Springsteen's walk-in music in 2005
John Jacob Niles
1958
Rock I Wonder As I Wander  
John Lee Hooker
1949
Blues Unknown John Lee Hooker: 1949 Recordings released 2000
John Lomax, Jr.
1956
Folk John A. Lomax, Jr. Sings American Folk Songs http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=324#
John McEuen
1993
Country String Wizards 2 "John Henry in Manhattan"; instrumental
John McCutcheon
1983
Folk Howjadoo  
John Renbourn
1965
Folk John Renbourn  
John Snipes
1974
Folk field recording by Cece Conway and Tommy Thompson http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Johnny Cash
1963
Country Blood, Sweat and Tears "The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer"; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/JCash.ram; "Ballad of John Henry" performed on ABC TV show, 7/12/69
Johnny Horton
1957
Country Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride  
Johnny Western
1993
Country Heroes and Cowboys check recording date
Joseph Aiken
1966
Folk field recording by Alan Jabbour http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Josh White
1945
Folk In Chronological Order, Vol. 6 (1944-1945)  
Josh White
1955
Folk The Electra Years "The Story of John Henry" (an entire album side, with spoken passages and music passages from several songs, including "John Henry")
Just Cause
2004
Jazz Standards dixieland instrumental; http://www.jodyjazz.com/just.cause.html
Keel Brothers
2004
Country Keel Brothers, Vol. 1 guitar instrumental
Ken Coyler Skiffle Group
1953
Jazz Best of British Jazz From the BBC Jazz Club, Vol. 6 w/ Lonnie Donegan
Kenny Baker
1994
Country Puritan Sessions guitar instrumental
Kevin Maynor
1998
Vocal Paul Robeson Remembered  
Kilby Snow
1962
Folk Mountain Music Played on the Autoharp http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=212
King Bishop & the Squares
2000
Rock Deeper Blues parody about a chess-playing man
Kristina Olsen
1992
Country Kristina Olsen Different perspective...
Kyle Creed and Fred Cockerham
2005
Country Clawhammer Banjo, Vol. 1  
Larry Penn
1986
Folk Labor Concert 1986 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/larrypenn
Larry Perkins / Jimmy Martin
1998
Folk A Glad Reunion Day "The Death of John Henry"
Leadbelly
194?
Folk Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1940-1943) Leadbelly recorded many versions of this song, available of many collections; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/Leadbelly.ram (from Last Sessions, 1948)
Leadbelly, Brownie McGhee, and Sonny Terry
1950
Folk Jazz, Vol. 1: South http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=454#; check recording date
Lenny Breau
1956
Jazz Boy Wonder  
Leon Bibb
1962
Folk Tol' My Captain. Chain Gang and Work Songs Bibb also performed for a Broadway dance version in 1988
Leonard Bartlett with Schubert Brown, Lee Boone, Howard Barlett
195?
Folk field recording by Kenneth S. Goldstein http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Leroy Troy
1994
Folk Old-Time Music on the Air "The Death of John Henry"
Lesley Riddle
195?
Country Close to Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection (1952-1967) http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/riddle2.ram
Lilly Brothers & Don Stover
1964
Country Early Recordings  
Lily May Ledford Pennington
1972
Folk field recording by William Havens, Don Santa-Emma and Dr. Frank Traficante http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Little Jimmy Dickens
1960
Country Big Country Songs by Little Jimmy Dickens  
Lloyd Green
1964
Rock Big Steel Guitar  
Lonnie Donegan
1955
Rock Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology 1955-1967  
Lost Jim
2005
Folk Too Poor To Paint, Too Proud To Whitewash solo guitar instrumental; http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lostjim1
Lucius Smith with Sid Hemphill and his band
1942
Folk field recording by Alan Lomax http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Luther Bryant
1969
Folk field recording by Mike Seeger http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Lynwood Lunsford
2000
Folk Pick Along "John Henry Blues";  banjo/guitar instrumental
Mainer's Mountaineers
1941
Country Good Ole' Mountain Music check recording date; lyrics variant
Man Alive!
2001
Country Ever What You Want  
Mark Cosgrove
2005
Country Sweet Reason banjo instrumental
Mark Graham
2000
Folk Southern Old-Time Harmonica banjo/harmonica instrumental
Martin Young and Corbett Grigsby
1959
Folk Mountain Music of Kentucky guitar/spoon instrumental
Marty Brill
195?
Folk The Roving Balladeer  
Marty Stuart
1999
Country The Pilgrim "Mr. John Henry, The Steel Drivin' Man"; mandolin/banjo/fiddle instrumental
Mason O'Bavion
196?
Folk Fonotone Records 1956-1969 "John Henry Take 1"; http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/17396 (at 2:33)
Memphis Slim
1960
Blues Memphis Slim and the Honky-Tonk Sound - Memphis Slim and the Real Honky Tonk http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=382
Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon
1960
Blues Songs of Memphis Slim and "Wee Willie" Dixon http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=227#
Merle Travis
1947
Country Folk Songs of the Hills  
Michael Cooney
1968
Folk The Cheese Stands Along http://www.folk-legacy.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=67
Mike & Peggy Seeger
1977
Folk American Folksongs for Children  
Mike Seeger
1966
Folk Tipple, Loom & Rail "Death of John Henry"
Mississippi Fred McDowell
1966
Blues Long Way from Home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54GNI2K3-ec&search=john henry
Moore & Napier
2004
Country Long Journey Home check recording date
Morgan Sexton
198?
Folk Shady Grove  
Moses Rascoe
1987
Blues Blues  
Mountain Ramblers
1959?
Blues Sounds of the South check recording date
Mrs. Winnie Prater
1937
Folk field recording by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Nashville Banjos
1999
Country 30 Banjo Classics bluegrass instrumental; also "Nashville Guitars" and "Nasvhille Harmonicas"
Nashville Super Guitars
1995
Country Country Hit Kit guitar instrumental
Neal Hellman
1981
Folk Appalachian Dulcimer  
Negro Fife and Drum Bands
1995
Folk Traveling Through the Jungle: Fife and Drum Band Music from the Deep South fife instrumental solo; performer not named; check recording date
Odetta
1954
Blues The Tin Angel  
Odis Bird
1958
Folk The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection http://www.missouristate.edu/folksong/maxhunter/0161/index.html; about a white John Henry who killed a man, same melody; a capella
Ohop Valley Boys
2000
Bluegrass Up all Night at Chilliwack http://www.songbaby.com/cd/ohop?cdbaby=4326237c564766b12b8eb1272353058b
Ollie Gilbert
1970
Folk The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection http://www.missouristate.edu/folksong/maxhunter/1091/index.html; a capella
Oren Jenkins
1956
Country American Banjo: Three Finger & Scruggs Style banjo instrumental
Oscar Wright
1969
Folk field recording by Eric Olsen and Malcolm Owen http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Paranoid Larry
2003
Folk Paranoid Larry and His Imaginary Band "John / Henry"; parody with lyrics about John Ashcroft and other John's and Henry's; http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/paranoidlarry
Pat Donohue and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
2003
Folk A Prairie Home Companion, January 18, 2003 http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/20030118/
Paul & Margie
1998
Folk 40 Most Popular American Folk Songs  
Paul Clayton
1962
Folk Dulcimer Songs and Solos http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=2111#
Paul Lamb & the Kings Snakes
1998
Blues John Henry Jumps In "John Henry Jumps In"; harmonica instrumental
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
1996
Blues I Want You to Know guitar/harmonica duet
Paul Robeson
194?
Vocal Songs for Free Men 1940-1945  
Paul Winter
1963
New Age Jazz Meets the Bossa Nova/Jazz Meets the Folk Song jazz instrumental
Pearl Elizabeth Trent Creed and Blanton Owen
1974
Folk field recording by Blanton Owen http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Peg Leg Sam
1975
Blues Joshua solo vocal and harmonica
Pete Seeger
195?
Folk American Favorite Ballads song appears on several collections; http://www.peteseeger.net/PS-John%20Henry.mp3
Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
1956
Folk Washboard Band - Country Dance Music harmonica/washboard instrumental; http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=171#
Peter Stanley
2000
Folk Cabin on the Hill  
Pilot Mountain Bobcats
 
Folk Dance by the Light of the Moon fiddle instrumental; http://www.bobvillemusic.com/store.htm
Pine Top Slim
195?
Blues The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions, Vol. 4: Southern Country Blues Guitarists 1948-1952  
Pink Anderson
1950
Blues Gospel, Blues and Street Songs  
Porter Wagoner
1963
Country Porter Wagoner Show  
Ralph Stanley
2002
Country Ralph Stanley "The Death of John Henry"
Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys
1973
Country 1971-1973 instrumental
Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys
1973
Country 1971-1973 with vocal; labelled as "John Henry," based on Uncle Dave Macon's "The Death of John Henry"
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
1956?
Folk The Early Sessions "The Death of John Henry"; Elliott also recorded this version of the song as "Ballad of John Henry"
Ramsey Lewis Trio
1958
Jazz Down to Earth jazz instrumental
Raymond Fairchild
197?
Country 31 Banjo Favorites, Vol. 2  
Raymond Swinney
194?
Folk Library of Congress Banjo Collection  
Red Foley & His Crossroad Boys
195?
Country Stay a Little Longer  
Reese Crenshaw
1934
Folk Field Recordings, Vol. 2: North & South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas (1926-1943)  
Rich Amerson
1960
Folk Negro Folk Msic of Alabama, Vol. 3: Rich Amerson -- 1 a capella; http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=881# ; check recording date
Richard Dyer-Bennet
1958
Folk Dyer-Bennet, Vol. 5  
Riley Puckett
2001
Country Guitare Country: From Old Time to Jazz Times 1926-1950 check recording date
Roger McGuinn
1959
Rock The Folk Den Project http://ibiblio.org/jimmy/folkden/php/music/Jhenry.mp3 
Ronnie Hawkins
1960
Rock Folk Ballads of Ronnie Hawkins  
Roscoe Holcomb
1999
Country Kentucky Old-Time Banjo check recording date
Rufus Crisp
1946
Folk field recording by Stuart Jamieson, Margot Mayo and Freyda Simon http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Rufus Quesenberry with Glenn Smith, Lynn Horton & Peter Hoover
1959
Folk field recording by Peter Hoover http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Sampson Pittman
1938
Rock The Devil Is Busy  
Scott Vestal, Wayne Benson, Jeff Autry, Randy Kohrs, Mark Schatz and Ron Stewart
1999
Country Bluegrass 2000 bluegress/fiddle instrumental
Scotty Anderson
2000
Country Triple Stop guitar instrumental; released 2001
Sherman Hammons and Mose Coffman
1971
Folk field recording by Dwight Diller and Carl Fleischhauer http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Skinny McGee & his Mayhem Makers
2005
Rock 99 Years  
Sleepy John Estes
2000
Blues Blues Live  
Smith Brown
1963
Folk field recording by Peter Hoover http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Smoky Mountain Barnburners
2005
Folk Smoky Mountain Barnburners artists not named; bluegrass instrumental
Snakefarm
1999
Rock Songs from My Funeral reggae style; different melody
Snooks Eaglin
1958
Blues Country Boy Down in New Orleans  
Snuffy Jenkins
1957
Bluegrass American Banjo - Tunes and Songs in Scruggs Style banjo instrumental; http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=186
Sonny Terry
194?
Blues The Blues Mountain Harmonica: 1938-1953  
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
1990
Blues California Blues  
Sonny Terry and Bull City Red
1939
Jazz From Spirituals to Swing: Carnegie Hall Concerts, 1938-1939 "New John Henry"; harmonica instrumental
Squatweiler
1999
Rock Horsepower  
Stefan Diestelmann
1994
Rock Mylights  
Stefan Grossman
1972
Folk Black Melodies on a Clear Afternoon  
Stella Kimball with Taylor Kimball and Ivey Kimball
1973
Folk field recording by Tom Carter and Blanton Owen http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Steve Guyger
1997
Blues Last Train to Dover harmonica instrumenal
Steve Martin
1981
Comedy The Steve Martin Brothers banjo instrumental
Stew Moss
2003
Rock Plum http://weedtracks.com/shnyfile/download/101206.wma
Stones River Ranch Boys
2002
Country Down Home Instrumentals, Vol. 1 bluegrass instrumental
Stringband
1977
  The Indispensable Stringband 1972-2002 "Mail Sortin' Man" (parody)
Stringbean
1963
Country Salute to Uncle Dave Macon  
Stuart Elius Carrico
1974
Folk field recording by Blanton Owen http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Tangle Eye
2004
Folk Alan Lomax's Southern Journey Remixed "John Henry's Blues"; vocal track is by Ed Lewis in 1959 (see separate listing)
Tennessee Ernie Ford
195?
Country Real Thing  
Terry Gibbs
1963
Jazz Hootenanny My Way  
The Bailey Brothers
2001
Country Bluegrass Bonanza  
The Bluegrass Band
1990
Country Once Again, from the Top, Vol. 1  
The Bogtrotters
1968
Folk The Original Bogtrotters  
The Bray Brothers with Red Cravens
1962
Country Prairie Bluegrass bluegrass instrumental
The Clumsy Lovers
2002
Rock Still Clumsy After All These Years  
The Critton Hollow String Band
1979
Folk Poor Boy  
The Crook Brothers
1962
Country Opry Old Timers  
The Del McCoury Band
1997
Country The Legend Lives On: A Tribute to Bill Monroe  
The Double Decker String Band
1981
Folk Sentimental Songs and Old Time Melodies  
The Easy Riders
195?
Folk Marianne  
The Folksmiths
1958
Folk We've Got Some Singing to Do http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=286#
The Heartbeats
1991
Folk Living Black and White  
The Johnson Mountain Boys
2003
Folk Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Reflections, Vol. 1  
The Kentucky Colonels
1964
Country Appalachian Swing! bluegrass instrumental
The Limeliters
1982
Vocal Alive in Concert, Vol. 1 also performed 6/15/63, on "Hootenanny" ABC TV show
The Little Grascals
2002
Bluegrass Bluegrass: Nashville's Superpickers bluegrass instrumental
The London Symphony Orchestra
1965
Soundtrack He Got Game: Motion Picture Soundtrack Aaron Copeland version
The Maddox Brothers & Rose
1953
Country Live on the Radio: Excerpts from 1953 Radio Broadcasts  
The Mammals
2004
Folk Rock That Babe  
The New Christy Minstrels
1964
Folk Tell Tales! Legends and Nonsense/Land of Giants "John Henry and the Steam Drill"
The New Lost City Ramblers
1963
Folk The New Lost City Ramblers - Volume 5 http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=233#
The Old Hollow String Band
1986
Folk Old Time Music From North Carolina http://www.flyincloudrecords.com/cartease/item-detail.cfm?storeid=1&ID=FC001
The Osborne Brothers
1962
Country Bluegrass Instrumentals "John Henry Blues"
The Paul Winter Jazz Sextet
1964
Folk Hootenanny (TV show, ABC, 3/28/64)  
The Rappin' Trucker
2002
Country Buck Truck "John Henry Was a Trucker"
The Round Peak Band
1992
Country Marimac Anthology  
The Settlers
1999
Country Travelin' Lite check recording date
The Skillet-Lickers
1927
Folk The Skillet-Lickets Vol. 1 (1926-1927)  
The Smothers Brothers
1964
Comedy Think Ethnic! http://www.ibiblio.org/john_henry/The_Saga_of_John_Henry.mp3
The Stanley Brothers
1956
Country Evening Long Ago: Live 1956 guitar/banjo instrumental
The Stanley Brothers
195?
Country Shadows of the Past with vocal
The Tarriers
1963
Folk Hootenanny (TV show, ABC, 6/8/63)  
The Two Poor Boys (Joe Evans & Arthur McLain)
1927?
Blues The Two Poor Boys: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order "John Henry Blues"
The Virginia Mountain Boys
1980
Folk Old Time Bluegrass from Grayson and Carroll Counties, Virginia: Vol. 3 http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=610
The Williamson Brothers & Curry
1927
Folk Anthology of American Folk Music "Gonna Die With My Hammer in My Hands"; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/wc2.ram
Tim Bing
1989
Folk Banjo Legacy: Traditional Music of West Virginia "John Henry Blues"
Tom Adams
2001
Country Adams County Banjo banjo instrumental
Tom Adams & Michael Cleveland
2002
Country Live at the Ragged Edge banjo and fiddle instrumental; released 2004
Tom Paley
1991
Folk Old Tom Moore and More http://www.wirz.de/music/paleyfrm.htm
Tom T. Hall
1972
Country Tom T. Hall...The Storyteller "More About John Henry"
Tommy Jarrell
1998
Folk North Carolina Banjo Collection check recording date; banjo instrumental; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/jarrell4.ram
Tony Furtado
1989
Country Swamped bluegrass instrumental; http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000058UMY?v=glance&st=digital-music
Tony Furtado & Dick Powell
1999
Country Tony Furtado & Dick Powell "Angeline the Baker / John Henry"; instrumental; http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000573FB?v=glance&st=digital-music
Trini Lopez
2000
Vocal Platinum Series check recording date
Twenty Two
1948
Folk Prison Songs, Vol. 2: Don'tcha Hear Poor Mother Calling a capella; lyrics variant; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/PrisonHenry.ram
Uncle Dave Macon
192?
Folk Keep My Skillet Good & Greasy "Death of John Henry (Steel Driving Man)" variant
Uncle Dave Macon with Sam McGee
1926
Folk Keep My Skillet Good & Greasy "Death of John Henry (Steel Driving Man)" variant; http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/me/20020902.me.johnhenry.death.ram
Uncle Henry's Favorites
1999
Folk A Prairie Home Companion, April 17, 1999 http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/19990417/
Valentine Pringle
2001
Folk Long Road to Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music check recording date
Van Morrison
198?
Rock The Philosopher's Stone released 1998; http://www.ibiblio.org/john_henry/vanmorrisonjohnhenry.mp3
Virgil Perkins and Jack Sims
1957
Folk Folk Music U.S.A.: Vol. 1 guitar/kazoo instrumental; http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=914#
W.E. Greiner Academy Choir
2005
Children's Spotlight on Music: Grade 5 Disc 8  
Wade Ward with Fields Ward, Dr. W.P. Davis, and the Bogtrotters string band
1937
Folk field recording by John A. Lomax http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Wallace Swann and his Cherokee String Band
193?
Folk Anglo-American Shanties, Lyric Songs, Dance Tunes and Spirituals http://www.loc.gov/folklife/folkcat.html
Walt Brown
196?
  The Walt Brown Show with Bill Collins  
Wayne Erbsen
196?
Folk Southern Mountain Classics check date; different melody?
Willard Clower with Ivan Weddle, George Slusher, Freeman Slusher and Glenn Wilson
1973
Folk field recording by Tom Carter http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
William C. Bailey
1968
Folk field recording by Walter M. Michael http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
William Francis & Richard Sowell
1927
Blues The Great Harp Players (1927-1936) "John Henry Blues"; harmonica/guitar instrumental
Willie Dodson
1955
Folk Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 6: Ring Game Songs and Others http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=884
Willie Hamilton
1979
Folk Hand-Me-Down Music: Old Songs, Old Friends - Vol. 1 Traditional Music of Union County, North Carolina guitar instrumental; http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/AlbumDetails.aspx?ID=2004#; check recording date
Willie P. Bennett
1979
  Blackie and the Rodeo King "John Henry The Gambler"; http://www.williepbennett.com/blackie.html
Winnie Winston
1964
Folk Old-Time Banjo Project  
Wise Jones
1958
Folk The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection http://www.missouristate.edu/folksong/maxhunter/0006/index.html; minor key
Woody Guthrie with Cisco Houston
1944
Folk Forever Gold available on many collections; http://sunsite.unc.edu/john_henry/audio/guthrie2.ram
Worley Gardner
197?
Folk Mountain Melodies: Songs of the Appalachians  
Worley Gene Hash
1974
Folk field recording by Blanton Owen http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/Banjo.html
Yoshihiro Arita
1990
Country Whale Dance released 1996
 
1988
Folk Songs of the Working People From the American Revolution to the Civil War  
 
1993
Country Bluegrass Music from the Appalachian Mountains check artists
 
1993
Country Way Out West electric guitar intrumental
 
1997
Country The Sensational Sounds of Country electric guitar intrumental
 
1999
Country Diary of a Fiddler  
 
2003
Rock American Heritage Music Set check artists
 
2003
Children's Train Songs  
 
2005
Country Bluegrass Karaoke check artists