Although having heard and loved Ol' Man River
, a Jerome Kern
song from Show Boat
as sung by Paul Robeson
since a child in the 1940's, it was not finally until late 2005 that, with the encouragement of Oliver Rosteck
, I started singing it. Great stuff indeed, I now sing it both straight with Oliver on piano and as a belter on the streets as a folk singer, the first time being at Sail 2005 in Bremerhaven.
Writing in July, 2019 it is interesting to note that Paul Robeson in the video uses the more politically correct Darkies
instead of Niggers
as given in the original score.