gospel song, "Wade in the Water." Between the intense lyrics and her growling performance, it terrified me.
At any rate, 50 years later I love Henske's performance. She foreshadows by several years another powerful emulator of black blues hollerers, Janis Joplin, who I also simply couldn't bear the first time I heard her, in 9th grade. (I was a sheltered child in the '60s... in addition to this record, my parents bought me Miles Davis and Schubert...an attempt, I suspect, to lure me away from the likes of Elvis Presley.)
I was quite pleased when the great '80s American band The Replacements stole the Hootenanny cover design for one of their own records.
- Traditional: Ella Jenkins
- Rocking: Big Mama Thornton
- Jazzy: Ellen McIlwaine
- Electro hip-hop! Rudy Jimenez
For more water wading of various sorts, don't forget to visit the afore-linked Sepia Saturday!
I never heard of the "Wade in the Water" song or Judy Henske before. I loved folk music in the 1960s, but I also preferred more upbeat songs.ReplyDelete
Love your mother's tropical flair. You're obviously far more musical than I am -- I can't really recall people I liked or didn't like although I have to say I didn't care for Janis Joplin either.ReplyDelete
I like the addition of "Wade in the Water". Missing Michigan lakes here in lakeless Atlanta.ReplyDelete
Great intro photos on theme, and a musical detour was interesting!ReplyDelete
The choral group I sing with sang Harriet Tubman's version of "Wade In The Water" which contained secret codes to let slaves know when, where, & how they might escape their enslavement. I had never heard of Harriet Tubman until then. What a brave & wonderful person she was!ReplyDelete
Great song choice!ReplyDelete
I liked your parents’ picture but that clip of Judy Henske was great. What a voice! Why have I never heard of her? Wade in the Water seems like the kind of song Amos Lee or Sarah Jarosz might sing on Transatlantic Sessions.ReplyDelete
Yes, she was amazing.Delete
Great pictures of your parents. I enjoyed the clip - I'd never heard of Judy Henske. Guess I've been missing out.ReplyDelete
I remember the Hootenanny show. It was great fun. And I always loved Wade in the Water, but I'd never heard this version. She's great. I've got to look her up. Love the hand lettering on that album cover.ReplyDelete
Also love the colors in those shots of your folks. Interesting tinting.ReplyDelete
I restored the color as best I could - these had almost entirely yellowed/faded.Delete
Interesting Post - a very clever take on this week's theme. Wade in the Water seems to be a very popular tune recorded by many different artists.ReplyDelete
I saw Lake Michigan at close quarters but never got wet in it. Wade in the Water was superb.ReplyDelete
Fine post! A musical connection to the Sepia Saturday prompt! Really different! Now that I think about it, my first exposure to "Wade in the Water" was from Ramsey Lewis! Shows where my head was back then.ReplyDelete
When I was doing research for my post this week, I viewed several renditions of "Wade in the Water" Youtube posts. I had never heard this gospel song before. I had the feeling that this song was go accompany baptisms, but maybe La Nightengail has the correct interpretation. Very interesting. It's amazing what you learn every Saturday.ReplyDelete
I love Janis Joplin. Did you ever learn to love her singing?
Indeed I did! It only took a year or so before I was thoroughly entrenched in more rock and roll caterwauling than you can shake a stick at.Delete