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African American Legacy Series: A Life of Song

African American Legacy Series: A Life of Song

In A Life of Song, Ella Jenkins, “The First Lady of Children’s Music,” offers stories and songs that speak to her youthful years as an African American child in a multi-cultural world. Her career of more than a half century earned her the first Lifetime Achievement Grammy award for a children’s music artist, and her more than thirty recordings teach us to learn from one another while taking pride in our own heritage. This African American Legacy recording of Ella singing with children from the Cool Classics after-school program spotlights her own heritage while showing her delight for the traditions of others. 36 minutes, lyrics, photos, 28-page booklet.

This recording is the sixth release in the Smithsonian Folkways African American Legacy Series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Track Listing

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Pick a Bale of Cotton Ella Jenkins 4:18
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102
One Two Three O’Leary Ella Jenkins w/children 1:15
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103
Calling a Square Dance Ella Jenkins 0:40
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104
Black Royalty Ella Jenkins 1:45
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105
Little Sally Walker Ella Jenkins w/children 1:13
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106
Cotton-Eyed Joe Ella Jenkins 1:19
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107
I Want to Be Ready Ella Jenkins 1:37
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108
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands Ella Jenkins w/children 1:47
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109
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Ella Jenkins w/children 1:36
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110
Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham Ella Jenkins 1:15
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111
Standing in the Need of Prayer Ella Jenkins 1:06
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112
Amazing Grace Ella Jenkins 3:23
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113
Somebody’s Talking about Freedom Ella Jenkins 1:49
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114
Sadie Complete Ella Jenkins 2:14
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115
Uncle Flood and the Blues Ella Jenkins 2:07
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116
Milk Cow Blues Ella Jenkins 0:45
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117
Summertime Ella Jenkins 2:20
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118
The Cuckoo Ella Jenkins 2:04
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119
The Farmer in the Dell Ella Jenkins 1:17
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120
This is Your Year, Children Ella Jenkins 0:59
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121
I’m On My Way to Canaan Land Ella Jenkins w/children 1:35
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