Monday, October 26, 2015


In the summer of 1942, on one of his field trips for the Library of Congress, Alan Lomax recorded members of the Silent Grove Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This song, with Bozie Sturdivant singing lead was issued as a 78 by the LOC and later appeared on an LP also issued by the Library of Congress. These records could be ordered direct from the LOC and in this way much of the wonderful music collected by Lomax and others began to be heard by young blues and folk music fans in the fifties and sixties. “Ain’t No Grave” is one of the timeless classics from those informal on-location recording sessions.

Bozie Sturdivant • Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down • 1942

Bozie Sturdivant, vocal; with congregational response. Clarksville, Mississippi, 25 July 1942

Get it: A Treasury Of Library Of Congress Field Recordings

78 label: Austin Granger/flickr

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