The Metallica hit, "Whiskey in the Jar" first appeared on what Irish rockers' 1973 album?
#83125. Asked by evoman. (Jul 10 07 6:36 AM)
I don't know what the question setter means by "first appeared" in this case, perhaps who first gave it a "rock" arrangement.|
"Whiskey in the Jar" is an old folk ballad that frequently hides under various titles as "Gilgarry Mountain" and "Darlin' Sportin' Jenny."
My favourite version of it is from the 1962 album "Sing Out!" by the Limeliters. It was a standard in the folk repertoire in the sixties and was recorded by just about everybody in that genre.
The Limeliters' Gilgarry Mountain. Whiskey in the Jar. (Darlin' Sportin' Jenny). Lyrics. From the album Sing Out! 1962. (Traditional)
Here is some history on the origin of the song, specifically trying to date when it "first appeared":
Alan Lomax's "Folk Songs of North America", 1975 ed., originally published in 1960, has a somewhat romantic speculation of a connection between "Whiskey in the Jar" and John Gay's Beggar's Opera (1728), while citing no sources for the song earlier than 1930, one from the US and one from Scotland. As it turns out there are several English broadside ballad versions of "Whiskey in the Jar" in the Bodleian Library collections, Oxford.
However, the Bodleian Library broadsides date back only as far as the mid 1840s, some 110 years after The Beggars' Opera opened.
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