Goodnight Irene

Composer: Traditional

Jerry Garcia

info Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, NYC, 10/31/87, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band/Jerry Garcia Band, 2004
info Pure Jerry: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Feb 28, 1986, Jerry Garcia & John Kahn, 2009
info Ragged But Right, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, 2010
info Garcia Live: Volume 14: Jan 27, 1986, Garcia / Kahn, 2020
info Garcia Live 14 Bonus CD: Jan 28, 1986, Garcia / Kahn, 2020


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info American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 3, Pete Seeger, 1959
no info Good Night Irene, Leadbelly, 195?
no info Negro Folk Songs for Young People, Leadbelly, 1960
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no info America's Best Loved Folk Songs, Milt Okun, 1961
info Silver Threads and Golden Needles, Springfields, 1962
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Also performed by Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir with Carlos Santana, Tower of Power and others at the 'Blues For Salvador' show on January 23, 1988 at Oakland.

Goodnight Irene is nearly always credited to Leadbelly, or to Leadbelly and Lomax, on LPs and CDs. He though claimed to have been taught it by an uncle. It is thought to be a Tin Pan Alley song from the first decade of the century but may be earlier. In Songsters and Saints, Paul Oliver auggests that the song was written in 1886 by Gassie Davis, as Irene, Goodnight.

The title is Irene on early Leadbelly recordings.