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Dave Van Ronk Sings Ballads, Blues and a Spiritual
is an album by American
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folksinger Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk was an American folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York, who settled in Greenwich Village, New York, and was eventually nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street" ....
, released in 1959.
It was also released on LP
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as Gambler's Blues
and as Black Mountain Blues
. All these releases are out of print. Some of the songs can be found on the 1991 Smithsonian Folkways CD release The Folkways Years, 1959 - 1961
The Folkways Years, 1959 - 1961 is a compilation album of songs by Dave Van Ronk released in 1991.-Reception:Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote of Van Ronk's musical background and the he continued to "... play and sing hard, as if still trying to be heard over Dixieland arrangements...
- "Duncan and Brady" – 3:00
- "Black Mountain Blues" – 4:00
- "In the Pines" – 3:04
- "My Baby's So Sweet" – 2:32
- "Twelve Gates to the City" – 3:12
- "Winin' Boy Blues" – 2:35
- "If You Leave Me Pretty Mama"
- "Backwater Blues"
- "Careless Love" (Handy, Koenig, Williams) – 3:56
- "Betty And Dupree"
- "K. C. Moan"
- "Gambler's Blues"
- "John Henry"
- "How Long"