Here's two date for an original broadcast:
03 March 1944 # 29 May 1944
21.20: Paul Robeson in 'THE MAN WHO WENT TO WAR'
Ballad opera by Langston Hughes , arranged and directed by D. G.
Bridson. This modern folk tale, performed by an all-Negro cast,
presents the story of the ordinary people of all the United Nations
Under the stress of war
Other characters include
Songs by Josh White and Brownie McGhee , sung by the Hall Johnson
Choir. Harmonica player, Sonny Terry. Music under the direction of
Hall Johnson and Alan Lomax.
(Produced and recorded by the BBC in New York : previously broadcast on March 6)
Unknown: Langston Hughes
Directed By: D. G. Bridson.
Songs By: Josh White
Songs By: Brownie McGhee
Unknown: Sonny Terry.
Unknown: Hall Johnson
Unknown: Alan Lomax.
Johnny Lee: Canada Lee
Sally: Ethel Waters
Grandpa: Cherokee Thornton
Jerry: Earle Hyman
Mack: Daniel Johnson
Mrs Johnson: Osceola Archer
Lottie and Nurse: Theodora Smith
Warden and Officer: Melvin Green
Narrator: Josh White
On 24/11/2014, Bert Lyons <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi all --
> In response to recent inquiries about getting the Alan Lomax Archive in
> touch with non-contact digitization sources for the supposedly broken glass
> disc recording of The Man Who Went To War, I'm happy to share some
> information here:
> 1) The physical copies of the Alan Lomax Collection are no longer in the
> custody of the Alan Lomax Archive. They reside at the American Folklife
> Center at the Library of Congress. They have been there since 2005.
> 2) This particular glass disc (broken or unbroken) is not contained within
> the collection at the American Folklife Center. It's possible it was also
> never actually contained in the Alan Lomax Archive.
> 3) At the Library of Congress, the Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded
> Sound (MBRS) Division has a tape copy of The Man Who Went to War. It has
> been digitized and can be requested at any time. You could also contact
> Todd Harvey at the American Folklife Center for information on how to get
> access to the digital version of this recording.
> 4) It's likely the text on the Alan Lomax Archive website needs to be
> 5) The staff at the Alan Lomax Archive and at the American Folklife Center
> are aware of non-contact recording technologies and availabilities.
> Hope that helps clear things up a bit.
> All the best --
> Bertram Lyons, CA
> AVPreserve | www.avpreserve.com
> American Folklife Center | www.loc.gov/folklife
> International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives |
> Hi Chris,
> The copy in the Library of Congress was never a part of the Alan Lomax Collection.
> Here is the catalog link < http://lccn.loc.gov/2002658301 >.
> My colleagues in the Library's Recorded Sound Reference Center can help you to obtain a copy. Contact them through their online reference portal at < http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-record.html >.
> Todd Harvey
> Curator, Alan Lomax Collection
> American Folklife Center
> Library of Congress