Collected by Garnett Peters For Mary C. Parler
Said by John Pennington Fayetteville, Ark.
Aug. 12, 1958
Reel 312, Item 4
Ladies, gentlemens, and friends, first I’ll introduce myself. My name is John Pennington, I was borned in Clay County, Kentucky, in the year 1882. At the age of five months, my father and family came from there to Madison County, Arkansas. I landed here thirty-one day after starting on a little farm near Huntsville, Arkansas. I was the youngest son of ten children—five sons and five daughters—and I always had a knack for singing when I was quite young. I learned songs from my brothers and sisters and friends. Having a good memory, I learnt several songs which I printed and put in book-form, and I will endeavor to sing a few songs which was learnt at a very early age—most of ’em when I was about seven to ter years old, and was retained in my memory for a period of approximately fifty-five year before being published in book-form. So now for your listening pleasure I'll sing some of those songs.
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