early morning songs


The titles below are links to Songbook pages, large or small, containing various recordings, except for the two colored black.

  • 1922 — Carolina in the Morning (m. Walter Donaldson, w. Gus Kahn) — standard — “Strolling with my girlie, where the dew is pearly early in the morning”
  • 1937 — Early in the Morning (Sonny Boy Williamson I)* aka “Bout the Break of Day” — blues standard, 1937
  • c. 1958-1961 — Early in the Morning (Quinton Claunch, Charles Feathers) — Charlie Feathers demo

* Wikipedia suggests a 6 June 1929 cut of “Soon This Morning” by Charlie Spand as the earliest recorded antecedent. Spand’s song opens with the lines

It’s early in the mornin’ ’bout the break of day
        My head on the pillow where my mama used to lay


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