Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Transcription Mystery Disc #215
But "What A Friend We Have In Mother." has been covered by many artists: Wilf Carter, the Louvin Brothers, The Peerless Quartet, the Virginia Mountain Boys. The covers of a the Jesus-version are to numerous to mention. The lyrics to the song were written by Joseph M. Scriven as a poem in 1855. the music was written more than a decade later by Charles Crozat Converse.
What a Friend We Have In Mother
The Mother version dates to at last 1924. Interestingly it's credited on the Victor website to Charles E. Rote. [Source] Now while the Mihalia Jackson version is a totally different song than the Louvin brothers take... it's quite clear that Mr. Rote ripped off Converse and Scriven. While that might have flown in 1924... I know some record labels that would have eaten him alive today.
Trying a new audio player today.. not working so well.
what a friend we have in mother