I’ve Been Duped And I’ve Been Scorned
Posted in 1920s,Gospel,Honey on 04.06.06

Everyone go visit Tuwa’s Shanty and give him a big thanks for hooking me up with a Google Analytics account. Also download the awesome Big Joe Turner song at the bottom of the page.

John Byrd and Walter Talyor (Washboard Walter) were gospel singers, but were influenced and tempted by blues a lot more than some of their contemporaries. The first song Heavenly Airplane features Taylor singing and Byrd preaching backed by Mae Glover at times. It’s a great effect and more rewarding to listen to than a lot of the ranting preaching tracks. The allmusic review of this song calls it comic, which seems pretty judgemental and awful.

John Byrd and Walter Taylor –  The Heavenly Airplane (1929)


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By Kate on 04.06.06 7:50 pm

You’re getting religion this week!
This is a really moving piece. Why would anyone think it’s comic?
Perhaps it’s because I’ve heard people in isolated places around the world using the airplane as a metaphor for leaving this sad, corporeal world behind.

By Tuwa on 04.06.06 8:45 pm

Glad I could help out. I keep wanting to change the title of the site, just because my ‘guest’ is doing so much work and leaving it as is seems awfully ungenerous, but rosswords won’t have it. Maybe we can work something out.

I think “comic” is not a good description of this track. I’d be more inclined to call it a social document, maybe. I’ve been to sermons much like this one, though it’s been awhile.

By Steve Sims on 04.08.06 9:46 pm

Sorry to be pedantic, but it’s “I’ve been ‘buked and I’ve been scorned”, ‘buked being rebuked as far as I can understand. Another great track for which many thanks.
Steve in Oz.
PS Tuwa’s site is great but I was too slow to get the Big Joe + Elmore track – where can I find this, sounds like a must have!

By rosswords on 04.17.06 9:49 am

Send me an email (dan at rosswords dot com) and I’ll send it back to you.

By mike on 04.27.06 11:34 pm

For what it’s worth, Charlie Patton sings this line in Prayer of Death, part 2. “I been ‘buked and I been scorned.”

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