American Folk Songs

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American Folk Songs
American folk songs stafford.jpg
Studio album by Jo Stafford
Released May, 1948
Genre Folk
Length 32:09
Label Capitol, Corinthian
Jo Stafford chronology
Kiss Me, Kate
(1949)Kiss Me, Kate1949
American Folk Songs
Autumn in New York
(1950)Autumn in New York1950
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

American Folk Songs is a 1948 album by Jo Stafford. The original release featured six songs on three 78-RPM discs. Two songs were added in 1950 to its first release as a long-playing record. Since the 1962 re-release, the album has featured 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.