Sunday, 12 May 2019

Black Is The Color! (Norman Luboff)(Lyrics+Song/Artist Info) H.D. Music Video! #ProfHowdy

Black is the color of my true love’s hair,
Her lips are something wondrous fair.
The prettiest face and the gentlest hands,
I love the ground on which she stands.

I love my love, and well she knows,
I love the grass whereon she goes.
If she on earth no more I see,
My life will quickly fade away…



Black Is The Color, Bless This House, The Big Country + Beyond The Sea!


Norman Luboff, Carmen Dragon, City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Mantovani, Ray Conniff, Percy Faith & Bobby Darin!


“Black Is the Color (of My True Love’s Hair)” (Roud 3103) is a traditional folk song first known in the US in the Appalachian Mountains but originating from Scotland, as attributed to the reference to the Clyde in the song’s lyrics. The musicologist Alan Lomax supported this Scottish origin, saying that the song was an American “re-make of British materials.”

Many different versions of this song exist sung to the opposite sex, some addressed to females and others addressed to males, as well as other differences:

• …like some rosy fair… or …like a rose so fair… or … something wondrous fair
• …the prettiest face and the neatest hands… or …the sweetest face and the gentlest hands… or …the clearest eyes and the strongest hands
• …still I hope the time will come… or …some times I wish the day will come… or … I shall count my life as well begun, when he and I shall be as one.
• …you and I shall be as one… or …s/he and I can be as one…

These words are set to two distinct melodies, one of which is traditional and the other was written by the Kentucky folk singer and composer John Jacob Niles. Niles recalled that his father thought the traditional melody was “downright terrible”, so he wrote “a new tune, ending it in a nice modal manner.” This melody was used in the Folk Songs song cycle by Luciano Berio.

The song has become a part of the traditional repertory of Celtic music artists. The song was collected as “Black is the color” by Cecil Sharp & Maud Karpeles in 1916 from Mrs Lizzie Roberts. It appeared in Sharps English Folksongs From The Southern Appalachians (1932). In the 1960s, Patty Waters sang an extended version for an ESP record which veered towards the avant garde and extremes of vocal improvisation, standing as a landmark in the use of folk tunes as a starting point to other musical areas. – Wikipedia



Norman Luboff (1917 – 1987) was an American music arranger, music publisher and choir director.

Luboff was the founder and conductor of the Norman Luboff Choir, one of the leading choral groups of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The choral group toured yearly from 1963 to 1987, and recorded more than seventy-five albums. The holiday albums Songs of Christmas (1956) and Christmas with the Norman Luboff Choir (1964) were perennial bestsellers for years. Luboff and his choir won the 1961 Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Chorus. – Wikipedia



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