(June 20, 2015): Libby Holman with Josh White – Fare Thee Well

From the 1942 triple 10″ (78rpm) album, Blues Till Dawn.  This song is better known as Dink’s Tune because of its first recording by John Lomax in 1909 in a tent camp of migratory levee-builders on the bank of the Brazos River, a few miles from College Station, Texas and Texas A&M College, where he taught.  It got its name because it was sung by an African American woman called Dink as she scrubbed her man’s clothes.  This recording is the earliest I can find.  It has been done by Odetta and Gloria Lynne more recently.  It was covered by a host of male folk revival musicians, including Pete Seeger, Fred Neil, Bob Dylan, and Dave Van Ronk in the 1960s.  Frank Black did a rocking cover in 2006.  Most recently it featured in the movie Inside Llewyn Davis sung by Oscar Isaac.

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