The legendary steel-driving man who was born, and died, with a hammer in his hand comes to life in this dramatic tale of heroism and destiny. Each page seems to radiate the vital force that led John Henry to challenge a steam drill to a rock-drilling contest—and win.
Singing the Blues
The story of John Henry brings out the virtuosity in musicians, whichever one of the many versions and instruments they choose to play. Here, a sample of some of the best:
- Big Bill Broonzy – John Henry (1951) Classic country blues
- Sonny Terry – The New John Henry (1938) The master of blues harmonica conjures up a moving train
- Aaron Copland – John Henry (1940) A tall tale, arranged for orchestra