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Monday, May 21, 2018

"Be Like Mike" Song And Commercials (information and YouTube examples)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part V of a five part pancocojams series about the name "Michael".

Part V showcases the 1991 song "Be Like Mike" and the original Gatorade "Be like Mike" commercial. That song and commercial refers to professional basketball player Michael Jordan.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/african-american-spiritual-work-song.html for Part II of this series. Part II showcases the African American Spiritual/work song "Michael Row The Boat Ashore" (also given as "Michael Rowed The Boat Ashore").

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/19651966-r-song-michael-lover-by-cod.html for Part III of this series. Part III showcases C.O.D.'s 1965 R&B song "Michael The Lover" and The Mad Lads' 1966 cover of that song.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/dionne-warwicks-1966-r-song-message-to.html for Part IV of this series. Part IV showcases Dionne Warwick's 1966 R&B song "Message To Michael", and Michael Jackson's 1975 R&B song "Dear Michael".

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/dionne-warwicks-1966-r-song-message-to.html for Part IV of this series. Part IV showcases Dionne Warwick's 1966 R&B song "Message To Michael", and Michael Jackson's 1975 R&B song "Dear Michael".

It's my position that these songs and that commercial reinforced the popularity of the name "Michael."

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The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

Thanks to Michael Jordan, Bernie Pitzel, and all those who were associated with this song and these commercials. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.
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Click https://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-named-michael/reference for other famous men named "Michael".

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INFORMATION ABOUT BE LIKE MIKE SONG AND COMMERCIALS
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Like_Mike
"Be Like Mike" is a Gatorade commercial featuring American professional basketball player Michael Jordan that originally aired in 1992.

After seeing an early cut of the commercial, just featuring highlights of Jordan dunking, advertising executive Bernie Pitzel was disappointed. Pitzel came up with an idea to use the song "I Wanna Be Like You" from the 1967 film The Jungle Book, though Disney asked for more money in licensing to use it than Gatorade was willing to pay.[1][2]

Pitzel wrote the lyrics to "Be Like Mike" inspired by The Jungle Book song, and put it to a tune by Ira Antelis and Steve Shafer.[3] "If we had used music from The Jungle Book," Antelis told journalist Darren Rovell, "the advertisement would have been forgotten."[1]

In 2015, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Gatorade re-aired a digitally remastered version of the commercial during NBA All-Star Weekend. The updated version ends by displaying the hashtag #BeLikeMike.[4] For the 25th anniversary of the commercial's release in 2017, Gatorade and Air Jordan collaborated to release the "Be Like Mike" collection. This collection included shoes, clothes, and accessories that featured Gatorade branding.[5]"

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLES
Example #1:Teknoe (I Wanna Be) Like Mike 1991 RARE song JORDAN GATORADE COMMERCIAL



pjh1469, Published on Jul 12, 2009

VERY RARE SONG IN HIGH QUALITY,3:24 WHOLE SONG RADIO VERSION From 3 Song promo single.

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Example #2: Be Like Mike Gatorade Commercial (ORIGINAL)



bigwayne84, Published on Oct 23, 2006
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The full one minute version of the original commercial from 92.

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Example #3: Be Like Mike Remastered | Gatorade



Scott Cleveland, Published on Nov 10, 2015

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This concludes Part V of this five part pancocojams series.

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Visitor comments are welcome.

Dionne Warwick's 1966 R&B song "Message To Michael", and Michael Jackson's 1975 R&B song "Dear Michael" (information, lyrics, and YouTube examples)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part IV of a five part pancocojams series about the name "Michael".

Part IV showcases Dionne Warwick's 1966 R&B song "Message To Michael", and Michael Jackson's 1975 R&B song "Dear Michael".

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/information-about-name-michael-and.html for Part I of this series. Part I presents etymological information about the name "Michael" as well as information about that name's declining popularity.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/african-american-spiritual-work-song.html for Part II of this series. Part II showcases the African American Spiritual/work song "Michael Row The Boat Ashore" (also given as "Michael Rowed The Boat Ashore").

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/19651966-r-song-michael-lover-by-cod.html for Part III of this series. Part III showcases C.O.D.'s 1965 R&B song "Michael The Lover" and The Mad Lads' 1966 cover of that song.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/be-like-mike-song-and-commercials.html for Part V of this pancocojams series. Part V showcases the 1991 song "Be Like Mike" and the original Gatorade "Be like Mike" commercial. That song and commercial refers to professional basketball player Michael Jordan.

It's my positions that these songs and that commercial reinforced the popularity of the name "Michael".

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The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

Thanks to the composers of these songs and thanks to Dionne Warwick and Michael Jackson for their musical legacies. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLE: Dionne Warwick Message To Michael 1966 Stereo



Edward Kemp, Published on Oct 8, 2013

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INFORMATION ABOUT DIONNE WARWICK'S VERSION OF "MESSAGE TO MICHAEL"
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Message_to_Michael
"Message to Michael" is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, that has been a hit for several different artists under several different titles. The song was first recorded as "Message to Martha" by Jerry Butler in 1962. In 1964, singer Lou Johnson had a minor US hit with the song, with the title "Kentucky Bluebird". UK singer Adam Faith also recorded the song as "Kentucky Bluebird" in 1965, and had a substantial hit with it in the UK, reaching #12. Exactly the same recording was issued in Australia as "Message to Martha", where it was a #15 hit for Faith. Americans are probably most familiar with the 1966 Top Ten version by Dionne Warwick, which was titled "Message To Michael".

In all versions of the song, the lyrics are addressed to a bluebird by the singer. The singer is in Kentucky, and his/her sweetheart is vainly pursuing musical stardom in New Orleans. The singer asks the bluebird to take a message to Martha/Michael, asking for the sweetheart to return.

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Dionne Warwick version
Background
Warwick's association with the song began when she recommended it as a concert number to Sacha Distel, with whom she was headlining at the Paris Olympia Theatre in 1966. Jacques Denjean prepped a backing track to which Distel was to sing the song in concert; when Distel decided against performing the song, Warwick considered availing herself of the prepped instrumental track to record the song herself. Both Burt Bacharach and Hal David, when contacted by Warwick, were opposed to her singing what they maintained (in its English version) was a man's song. David also mentioned to Warwick that the only male name that could be subbed for "Martha" was "Michael", a name David disliked. Warwick took David's comment as a suggestion, recorded "Message to Michael" in a Paris recording studio, and added her vocals to the track prepped for Distel. Warwick would say that the most difficult part of the recording session was getting the French background vocalists to pronounce 'Michael' correctly.[1]

Scepter Records a&r man Steve Tyrell recalls "getting in [a Brill Building] elevator with Burt and Hal and following them down into Times Square, begging them to let me put ["Message to Michael"] out. The next day they called [Scepter Records owner] Florence Greenberg and said 'Look, Steve is so into this tune – tell him he can put it on the B-side but he shouldn't promote it'". When "Message to Michael" was issued on a single backed with "Here Where There Is Love" Tyrell states "I got right on a plane [for] New Orleans and I went to WTIX [Radio]" and played "Message to Michael" for disc jockey Buzz Bennett who then "walked right into the control room and put it on the radio. Because it opened, 'Fly Away to New Orleans...' And in one week it was a smash!" In fact even prior to the single's release Warwick had performed "Message to Michael" on the NBC Pop music TV program Hullabaloo in an episode broadcast 9 March 1966.

Impact
In May 1966 "Message to Michael" became Warwick's first Top 20 hit since "Reach Out for Me" 16 months previously; also in May 1966 "Message to Michael" became a Top Ten hit, Warwick's third after "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "Walk on By". The Billboard Hot 100 peak of "Message to Michael" was #8 and Easy Listening #12; Billboard's R&B chart would afford "Message to Michael" a #5 peak, which remains Dionne Warwick's alltime best R&B chart showing for a solo recording: she'd previously hit #5 R&B with her first release "Don't Make Me Over" and after "Message to Michael" would reach #5 R&B as a soloist with both "Alfie" and "Once You Hit the Road".

As Burt Bacharach and Hal David were not involved in the recording of "Message to Michael" – the team being in fact opposed to Dionne Warwick recording their song – the producers' credit on the track reads "a Blue Jac Production", Blue Jac Productions being the name Bacharach/David and Warwick had incorporated under in 1962 (officially Blue Jac Productions, rather than Warwick personally, were signed to Scepter Records; the same production credit would be employed for Warwick's 1970 single "Make It Easy on Yourself", which was a recording from a live performance.)

In his 1968 book: What the World Needs Now and Other Love Lyrics, Hal David emphatically admitted his misgivings over Warwick recording "Message to Michael" proved ill-founded, indeed stating "Dionne's vocal was so brilliant that it was obvious we had subconsciously written the song for her even while we thought we were writing it for a man".[1]"...

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LYRICS - MESSAGE TO MICHAEL
(written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Dionne Warwick version)

Spread your wings for New Orleans
Kentucky bluebird, fly away
And take a message to Michael
Message to Michael
He sings each night in some cafe
In his search to find wealth and fame
I hear Michael has gone and changed his name

It's a year since he wasn't here
Kentucky blue bird, fly away
And take a message to Michael
Message to Michael
Tell him I miss him more each day
As his train pulled out down the track
Michael promised he'd soon be coming back

Oh tell him how my heart just breaks in two
Since he journeyed far
And even though his dream of fame
Fell through
To me he will always be a star

Spread your wings for New Orleans
Kentucky bluebird, fly away
And take a message to Michael
Message to Michael
Ask him to start for home today
When you find him please let him know
Rich or poor
I will always love him so

Source: https://genius.com/Burt-bacharach-message-to-michael-lyrics

Album "Forever, Michael" (1975)
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INFORMATION ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON'S "DEAR MICHAEL"

SHOWCASE EXAMPLE: Michael Jackson - Dear Michael


orlandomagic654, Published on Feb 6, 2008

From the album "Forever Michael"
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Here are two comments from this sound file's discussion thread, with numbers assigned for referencing purposes only:
1. Michael, 2012
"Hello to all the Michael's like me out there"

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2. HardyGirl66, 2016
"This is one of my favorite solo albums from Michael. And I had the 45 of "Dear Michael" before I had the album. I played this song endlessly, 'cos every word of it was true. From 1978 to 1981 I wrote to Michael once a month, every month, using the fan club address on the Destiny album. I knew he got a ton of mail, but I figured he had to get one of them. I don't know if he ever did, but you know what? I know that he now knows every word of every letter I ever sent to him back then. He knows all of the messages his fans send here on YouTube, and he is happy. His physical presence may no longer be with us, but his spirit lives on, and he knows how much we all love him. I miss you Michael!"

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LYRICS: DEAR MICHAEL
(written by Hal Davis, Elliot Willensky, performed by Michael Jackson)

She wrote "Dear Michael
You'll probably never get this letter
Michael, I wrote you a hundred times before
Knowing how I feel
I'll write a hundred more"

"Dear Michael, every time your record's on
(Michael Michael)
Michael, I close my eyes and sing along
Dreaming you're singing to me."

(Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh)

And then she wrote:
(Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh)
"Michael, I love you
I held the tears back long as I can
(Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh)
I'm sealing my feelings in this envelope
(Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh)
'Cause I wanna be more than just your number one fan"

I'm gonna answer your letter
(Michael Michael)
I'll start beginning with the ABC's of loving you
(I love ya)
(She wrote)
(Michael Michael)
(I love ya)
Your letter really touched my heart
(She wrote)
I've been dreaming of meeting the picture
That you send along, signed with all your love
(Michael Michael)
(I wrote ya)
(She wrote)

I'm gonna write you back, ouuh, i promess you that
(Won't you write me back?, please write me back)

Girl, i think i love you
(Michael Michael)
Hurry, hurry mister postman, take my letter, tell her i love her
(She wrote)
(Won't you write me back, please write me back)
(Michael Michael)
(She wrote)

Hurry, hurry mister postman, take my letter tell her i love her
(Won't you write me back, please write me back)

(Michael Michael)
Yeah,
(I wrote you)
(She wrote)
I'm gonna write you back
I promess [sic] you that...

From https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/michaeljackson/dearmichael.html

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This concludes Part IV of this series.

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1965/1966 R&B Song "Michael The Lover" by C.O.D. with a cover by The Mad Lads (information, lyrics, YouTube examples & comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part III of a five part pancocojams series about the name "Michael".

Part III showcases C.O.D.'s 1965 R&B song "Michael The Lover" and The Mad Lads' 1966 cover of that song.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/information-about-name-michael-and.html for Part I of this series. Part I presents etymological information about the name "Michael" as well as information about that name's declining popularity.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/african-american-spiritual-work-song.html for Part II of this series. Part II showcases the African American Spiritual/work song "Michael Row The Boat Ashore" (also given as "Michael Rowed The Boat Ashore").

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/dionne-warwicks-1966-r-song-message-to.html for Part IV of this series. Part IV showcases Dionne Warwick's 1966 R&B song "Message To Michael", and Michael Jackson's 1975 R&B song "Dear Michael".

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/be-like-mike-song-and-commercials.html for Part V of this pancocojams series. Part V showcases the 1991 song "Be Like Mike" and the original Gatorade "Be like Mike" commercial. That song and commercial refers to professional basketball player Michael Jordan.

It's my position that these songs and that commercial reinforced the popularity of the name "Michael".

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The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

Thanks to Larry Brownlee, the composer of this song and thanks to all the members of C.O.D. and members of The Mad Lads. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post, and the publishers on these examples on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE MUSIC GROUP "C.O.D."
From https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-cods-mn0002289058
Artist Biography by Andrew Hamilton
"Originating in Chicago, the C.O.D.'s exploded on soul radio in 1965 with the infectious "Michael the Lover" on Kellmac Records. The Mad Lads and the Jackson Five, among others, redid the boastful tune; J5 cut the tune in the late '60s, but Motown iced it. Ruby Stackhouse accompanies the trio on the song, supplying backing vocals alongside Larry Brownlee, Robert Lewis, and Carl Washington, otherwise known as the C.O.D.'s.

"I'm A Good Guy" followed "Michael the Lover" but not far. For unknown reasons, Kellmac then released the C.O.D.'s third single, "I'll Come Running Back to You" b/w "I'm Looking out for Me," twice; the singles have two different catalog numbers, but it made no difference; neither sold. The fifth single, "It Must Be Love" b/w "She's Fire," dropped in 1967 but faded after a few spins. A sixth and final release, "Coming Back Girl," became the fifth and final flop, ending the C.O.D.'s and Kellmac Records.”...
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I believe that "C.O.D." = "Cash On Delivery".

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LYRICS: MICHAEL THE LOVER
(Larry Brownlee)

Michael, the lover
Before him, there was no other
In his time, there may be many
When he's gone, there won't be any
I'm talking 'bout Michael, the lover
Michael, the lover
Girls are tender, sad and sweet
But no other boys can compete
'Cause Michael's got a style of his own
And the girls say his rap is strong
That's Michael, the lover

Michael, the lover
Everybody knows him
For his rap is strong
With lots of fame
When the girls see him coming
They tighten up their game
Cause Michael's 'bout
The loveliest boy
And he's got to bring you
Your pride and joy
That's Michael, the lover
Before him, there was no other
In his time, there may be many
When he's gone, there won't be any

Talking 'bout, talking 'bout
Talking 'bout, talking 'bout
Michael, the lover
Michael, the lover
He's a lover
Everybody knows that's Michael
Everybody calls him Michael, the lover

Michael, everybody knows him
I know you know him
The girls all know him
Michael, the lover."

Source: https://genius.com/The-cods-michael-lyrics

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLES
Example #1: THE C.O.D.'S - MICHAEL (THE LOVER) VIDEO FOOTAGE 1965



ILMJXXX, Published on Sep 28, 2012

THE C.O.D.'S - MICHAEL (THE LOVER) VIDEO FOOTAGE 1965
MEMBERS ARE: LARRY BROWNLEE (WHO WROTE THEIR SONGS) ROBERT LEWIS, CARL WASHINGTON
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Here are selected comments from this YouTube sound file's discussion thread, with numbers assigned for referencing purposes only:

1. GL AnnapolisTeam, 2016
"What a great tune. These guys were great. Love the way they trade off the lead vocals. Kind of like the Impressions. Great stuff! Looks like it's fun to dance to as well!"

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2. Mike Huff
"i was 13 in 1965 an i thought the song was. about me. lol"

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REPLY
3. Shar Jamison
"Soooo cute Michael!"

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4. cherylharrell1961
"I had this record. My late husband Mike used to say this song was about him cuz it had his name in it. 😀"

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5. Charles Batts
"SILKY SMOOTH R&B OF THE 1960s, NOTHING LIKE IT. CLASS AND FINESE."

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6. Blitz Magazine
"Just about wore out the original Kellmac label 45 of that single when it was first released. The C.O.D.s made an appearance or two on Robin Seymour's Windsor, Ontario-based Swingin' Time show when this single was released, and they went over very well."
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In response to the question "Where did this film clip come from?", one person wrote that it might have come from this Canadian television show while another person thought that it may have come from the "American Bandstand" series (USA).

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Example #2: Michael The Lover



The Mad Lads – Topic, Published on Aug 18, 2014

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group

Michael The Lover · The Mad Lads

℗ 1966 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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The Mad Lads were an African American R&B group. This is a cover of The C.O.D.'s original composition.

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This concludes Part III of this series.

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African American Spiritual & Work Song "Michael Row[ed] The Boat Ashore" (information, lyrics, and YouTube examples)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a five part pancocojams series about the name "Michael".

Part II showcases the African American Spiritual/rowing song (work song) "Michael Row The Boat Ashore" (also given as "Michael Rowed The Boat Ashore").

Lyrics for certain versions of this song are included in this post along with some YouTube examples.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/information-about-name-michael-and.html for Part I of this series. Part I presents etymological information about the name "Michael" as well as information about that name's declining popularity.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/19651966-r-song-michael-lover-by-cod.html for Part III of this series. Part III showcases C.O.D.'s 1965 R&B song "Michael The Lover" and The Mad Lads' 1966 cover of that song.
Part IV showcases Dionne Warwick's 1966 R&B song "Message To Michael", and Michael Jackson's 1975 R&B song "Dear Michael".

Part V showcases the 1991 song "Be Like Mike" and the original Gatorade "Be like Mike" commercial. That song and commercial refers to professional basketball player Michael Jordan. A link to an online compilation of famous men named "Mike" is also included in that post.

It's my positions that these songs and that commercial reinforced the popularity of the name "Michael".

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The content of this post is presented for cultural, religious, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

Thanks to the unknown original composers of this song and thanks to those who collected this song and those who helped to bring it to the awareness of the general public. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post, to all those who are featured in these YouTube examples as well as the publishers on YouTube of those examples.

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INFORMATION ABOUT MICHAEL ROW[ED] THE BOAT ASHORE
Excerpt #1
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Row_the_Boat_Ashore
"Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" (or "Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore", or "Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore", or "Michael Row That Gospel Boat") is a Negro spiritual. It was first noted during the American Civil War at St. Helena Island, one of the Sea Islands of South Carolina.[1] It is cataloged as Roud Folk Song Index No. 11975.

It was sung by former slaves whose owners had abandoned the island before the Union navy arrived to enforce a blockade. Charles Pickard Ware was an abolitionist and Harvard graduate who had come to supervise the plantations on St. Helena Island from 1862 to 1865, and he wrote down the song in music notation as he heard the freedmen sing it. Ware's cousin William Francis Allen reported in 1863 that the former slaves sang the song as they rowed him in a boat across Station Creek.[2]

The song was first published in 1867 in Slave Songs of the United States by Allen, Ware, and Lucy McKim Garrison.[3]

Lyrics
The oldest published version of the song runs in a series of unrhymed couplets:[3]

Michael row de boat ashore, Hallelujah!
Michael boat a gospel boat, Hallelujah!
I wonder where my mudder deh. [there]
See my mudder on de rock gwine home.
On de rock gwine home in Jesus' name.
Michael boat a music boat.
Gabriel blow de trumpet horn.
O you mind your boastin' talk.
Boastin' talk will sink your soul.
Brudder, lend a helpin' hand.
Sister, help for trim dat boat.
Jordan stream is wide and deep.
Jesus stand on t' oder side.
I wonder if my maussa deh.
My fader gone to unknown land.
O de Lord he plant his garden deh.
He raise de fruit for you to eat.
He dat eat shall neber die.
When de riber overflow.
O poor sinner, how you land?
Riber run and darkness comin'.
Sinner row to save your soul.

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Michel, row the boat a-shore
Hallelujah!
Then you'll hear the trumpet blow
Hallelujah!

Then you'll hear the trumpet sound,
Hallelujah!
Trumpet sound the world around
Hallelujah!

Trumpet sound the jubilee
Hallelujah!
Trumpet sound for you and me
Hallelujah!

This song originated in oral tradition, and there are many versions of the lyrics. It begins with the refrain, "Michael, row the boat ashore, Hallelujah." The lyrics describe crossing the River Jordan, as in these lines from Pete Seeger's version:

Jordan's river is deep and wide, hallelujah.
Meet my mother on the other side, hallelujah.

Jordan's river is chilly and cold, hallelujah.
Chills the body, but not the soul, hallelujah.[4]

The River Jordan was where Jesus was baptised and can be viewed as a metaphor for deliverance and salvation, but also as the boundary of the Promised Land, death, and the transition to Heaven.[5]

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According to William Francis Allen, the song refers to the Archangel Michael.[7] In the Roman Catholic interpretation of Christian tradition, Michael is often regarded as a psychopomp or conductor of the souls of the dead.[8]

The spiritual was also recorded on Johns Island during the 1960s by American folk musician and musicologist Guy Carawan and his wife, Candie Carawan. Janie Hunter, former singer of the Moving Star Hall singers, noted that her father, son of former slaves, would sing the spiritual when he rowed his boat back to the shore after catching fish.[9]

Row, Michael, Row, Hallelujah,
Row, Michael, Row, Hallelujah,
Row the boat ashore, Hallelujah,
See how we (do) the row, Hallelujah,
See how we the row, Hallelujah,
Let me tries me chance, Hallelujah,
Let me tries me chance, Hallelujah,
Jump in the jolly boat, Hallelujah,
Jump in the jolly boat, Hallelujah,
Just row Michael, row, Hallelujah,
Row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.

(repeated thusly until end)

A similar version was collected by Guy Carawan on an unspecified Sea Island.

Let me try my chance, Hallelujah,
Let me try my chance, Hallelujah,
Sister Mary try her chance, Hallelujah,
Sister Mary try her chance, Hallelujah,
Just let me try my chance, Hallelujah,
Just let me try my chance, Hallelujah,
Michael row your boat ashore, Hallelujah,
Michael row your boat ashore, Hallelujah,
Sister Mary row your boat, Hallelujah,
Sister Mary row your boat, Hallelujah,
Everybody try a chance, Hallelujah
Everybody try a chance, Hallelujah
Oh just let me try my chance, Hallelujah
Oh just let me try my chance, Hallelujah

(repeated thusly until end)

Recordings
The version of "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" that is widely known today was adapted by Boston folksinger and teacher Tony Saletan, who taught it to Pete Seeger in 1954.[10][11] Saletan, however, never recorded it. Seeger taught it to the Weavers, who performed it at their 1955 reunion concert.[12] One of the earliest recordings of the song is by folksinger Bob Gibson, who included it on his 1957 Carnegie Concert album.[13] The Weavers included an arrangement in The Weavers' Song Book, published in 1960. Similarly, Seeger included it in his 1961 songbook, American Favorite Ballads, with an attribution to Saletan.[14] The American folk quintet the Highwaymen had a #1 hit in 1961 on both the pop and easy listening charts in the U.S. with their version (under the simpler title of "Michael"), first recorded and released in 1960; this recording also went to #1 in the United Kingdom.[15] Billboard ranked the record as the No. 3 song of 1961.[16]
The Highwaymen version that went to #1 on the Billboard charts had these lyrics:

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Sister help to trim the sail, hallelujah.
Sister help to trim the sail, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
The River Jordan is chilly and cold, hallelujah.
Chills the body but not the soul, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
The river is deep and the river is wide, hallelujah.
Milk and honey on the other side, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.”

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Since the referent "Negro" was changed to "African American" in the late 1960s, early 1970s, I use the term "African American Spirituals" rather "Negro Spirituals". Furthermore, I strongly believe that, when singing African American Spirituals or 19th century secular songs, contemporary singers shouldn't use 19th century dialect (such as these words, among others, that are found in the earliest version of this song given above: "gwine" for "gone", "dat" for "that" and "neber" for "never").

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Excerpt #2:
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=31019
Dubject: RE: Michael Row the Boat Ashore
From: raredance
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 12:34 AM

"Indeed Michael can be found in "Slave Songs of the United States" by William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, and Lucy McKim Garrison. They include two versions with a total of 29 "verses" . W. F. Allen wrote in the introductory text:
"The same songs are used for rowing as for shouting . I know only one pure boat-song, the fine lyric, "Michael row the boat ashore"; and this I have no doubt is a real spiritual - it being the archangel Michael that is addressed... "As I have written these tune," says Mr. Ware, "two measures are to be sung to each stroke,the first being accented by the beginning of the stroke, the second by the rattle of the oars in the row-locks. On the passenger boat at the [Beaufort] ferry, they rowed from sixteen to thirty strokes a minute; twenty-four was the average. Of the tunes I have heard....'Lay this body down', 'Religion so sweet', and 'Michael row', were used when the load was heavy or the tide was against us."
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In this comment the word "shouting" doesn't mean "yelling; speaking in a loud voice". Instead, in the context of this comment "shouting" refers to religious services that enslaved Black people had in the antebellum South (USA); i.e. "ring shouts".
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Click http://docsouth.unc.edu/church/allen/allen.htmlhttp://docsouth.unc.edu/church/allen/allen.html for a digital version of Slave Songs of the United States by William Francis Allen, etl.

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLES
Example #1: Pete Seeger - Michael Row The Boat Ashore



Evan, Published on Mar 12, 2010

Live in 1963. Melbourne. Very well known song. Note that at this time Pete was being looked down on back home in America


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Example #2: Max Romeo - Michael Row the Boat Ashore



Orestis, Published on Jan 16, 2010
Romeo's version of this folk song [1969]

artist
Max Romeo & The Hippy Boys
Album
The Coming of Jah: Max Romeo Anthology 1967-76
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This is a Jamaican Reggae version of the African American Spiritual and rowing song "Michael Row The Boat Ashore".

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Example #3: Brothers Four - Michael Row The Boat Ashore


Marcelo San Miguel, Published on Jul 12, 2013
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Here's the lyrics to this version that were posted in this YouTube sound file's discussion thread by debuyadebuo(2015)
"Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

Michael's boat is the gospel boat, hallelujah
Michael's boat is the gospel boat, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

The river Jordan is chilly and cold, hallelujah
Chills the body but warms the soul, hallelujah
Jordon's water is deep and wide, hallelujah
Milk and honey on the other side, hallelujah.

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

Trumpets sounds for you and me, hallelyjah
Trumpets sounds for you and me, hallelyjah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah..."

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Example #4: Harry Belafonte - Michael Row The Boat Ashore (1962) [Digitally Remastered]



Classic Mood Experience, Published on Sep 28, 2013

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Example #5: "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" by Ella Jenkins and Friends



Smithsonian Folkways, Published on Jul 20, 2017

...Ella Jenkins performs the spiritual "Michael Row the Boat Ashore” with members of the Old Town School of Folk Music and Tony & Kate Seeger of Camp Killooleet. Find this track and other classic camp songs, rounds, silly songs, and campfire sing-alongs on Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends, available now

About 'Camp Songs':
Renowned children’s performer Ella Jenkins has vivid memories of singing at summer camps, and if you were a camper, you must too! She and her friends invite you to share those experiences and celebrate her 60 years as a Folkways artist with this recording. Ella assembled a group of children, parents, and teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, along with Tony and Kate Seeger from Camp Killooleet, to sing these classic camp songs, rounds, silly songs, and campfire sing-alongs...

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This concludes Part II of this series.

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