American Folk Songs

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For the album by Pete Seeger, see American Folk Songs for Children. For American folk songs, see American folk music.
American Folk Songs
American folk songs stafford.jpg
Studio album by Jo Stafford
Released January 1, 1950
Genre Folk
Length 32:09
Label Capitol, Corinthian
Jo Stafford chronology
Kiss Me, Kate
American Folk Songs
Autumn in New York
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

American Folk Songs is a 1950 album by Jo Stafford. The album features twelve popular folk songs.[2][3] The album was not done in a traditional manner; Stafford was backed by Paul Weston's orchestra for all the cuts. The Saturday Review records review column described the album as "of its own excellence.[4]

Judy Collins has cited the album as one of the first to spark her interest in folk music.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs are traditional.

No. Title Length
1. "Shenandoah" 3:38
2. "Black Is the Color" 2:58
3. "Old Joe Clark" 1:43
4. "Wayfaring Stranger" 3:02
5. "Barbara Allen" 2:57
6. "Single Girl" 2:14
7. "Red Rosey Bush" 2:56
8. "I Wonder as I Wander" 3:07
9. "Cripple Creek" 1:30
10. "The Nightingale" 3:26
11. "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" 2:52
12. "Sourwood Mountain" 1:46


  1. ^ American Folk Songs at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  2. ^ "American Folk Songs-track listing". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "American Folk Songs-credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Recordings Report on Popular Releases". Saturday Review. May 29, 1948: 47. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ Stephen Holden (November 27, 1987). "Judy Collins, A Concern And a Bond". The New York Times. Pop/Jazz. Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2011.