American/English. I know I drive you all crazy but I promise that these kind of connections just fall into my lap. My aunt in North Carolina likes to have videos on her Facebook page. Recently, she had a song on there which was from a music show from England hosted by Jools Holland. If you watch the video, you should know that Johnny Cash, June Carter and Pops Staples are no longer with us, but we can still enjoy their music! (The show was from 1994.)
So...the show was from England and the song was "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". Did you know that the lyrics to this song was written by a woman from England? Ada R. Habershon was born in Marylebone, England in 1861 and spent her childhood in Chelsea in London. Her first hymns were written in German. I just looked it up! Not that I know much German but I think I recognize it when I see it! "Vorbilder: Christus im alten Testament, 1899." (Just looked THIS up and it means, "Role Model: Christ In the Old Testament.)
Now, the song "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" was re written by A. P. Carter for a funeral and released in 1935 by the Carter Family. (June Carter Cash, a part of the famous Carter Family, of course.) I wonder if the version by the Carter Family is the one that you are hearing in this video!
I love the video so very much! Each and every one of the singers here- just amazing! Johnny Cash, what a voice! June Carter Cash, her voice is very good in this, and it makes it special to me to know that this song must have been a treasured family memory for her.
Pops Staples! His voice on this song is incredible! Why, when I listened to this the first time, I had to keep re-winding it and keep listening to him. What joy! "Clap ya hands, you'll feel better!"
My friends, if you don't know Pops Staples- please read about him just here!
Carleen Anderson...goodness me, here comes that English connection again for me! She is American and is the step daughter of Bobby Byrd (who was born in my place of birth, Toccoa, Georgia.) but she now lives in England! She is very successful there but I just bet that if you are reading this in the USA, you might never have heard of her. That is often the case, many of our artists are much more appreciated on the other side of the pond!
Okay now, at the very beginning of the video...the man on the piano is Jools Holland, who was also the host of this TV show. Jools Holland was in the band "Squeeze". I hope you know that music from the 1980's! (Cool For Cats, Up The Junction, Another Nail In My Heart.)
Hey Y'all! You know OWL always love you! High in a pine tree, this is not the best photo but I almost fell over backwards taking it! That is one big owl, isn't it?