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This list is not intended to be comprehensive.
Vernon Dalhart, 192?
Decca Presents An Album Of American Folk Songs, Frank Luther, Zora Layman and Leonard Stokes, 1938?
Early American Folk Songs, Bob Atcher, 1949
American Folk Songs, Jo Stafford, 1950
The Lady Gay, Andrew Rowan Summers, 1954
Women: Folk Songs About the Fair Sex, Burl Ives, 1954
Anglo American Ballads, Rebecca Tarwater, 1956
Spoken Literature of Early English Ballads - Read by Kathleen Danson Read, Kathleen Danson Read, 1956
American Ballads, Pete Seeger, 1957
Richard Dyer-Bennet, Vol. 5, Richard Dyer-Bennet, 1958
Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, Everly Brothers, 1958
Single, Cecil Surratt and Smitty Smith, 1959
Old Timey Songs for Children, New Lost City Ramblers, 1959
Field Trip-England, Various Artists (Mr Rew), 1959
Blood On The Saddle, Tex Ritter, 1959
Hawkshaw Hawkins, Hawkshaw Hawkins, 1959
Sweet England, Shirley Collins, 1959
Gather 'Round, Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1959
Old Style Texas and Oklahoma Fiddling, Tony Thomas, 195?
Lark in the Morning. Songs and Dances from the Irish Countryside, Thomas Baynes, 195?
British Traditional Ballads in the Southern Mountains, Volume 1, Jean Ritchie, 1960
Blood on the Saddle, Tex Ritter, 1960
Mountain Music of Kentucky, J. B. Cornett, 1960
British Traditional Ballads in the Southern Mountains, Volume 1, Jean Ritchie, 1960
American Folk Song Festival - Jean Thomas, The Traipsin' Woman, Jean Thomas, 1960
As I Roved Out, Field Trip-Ireland), Various Artists (Sarah Makem), 1960
Ballads from Her Appalachian Family Tradition, Jean Ritchie, 1961
Traditional Singer from Aberdeen. Vol. 1 - Child Ballads, Lucy Stewart, 1961
Joan Baez, Vol. 2, Joan Baez, 1961
English and Scottish Popular Ballads, The: Vol. 1 - Child Ballads, Various Artists (Ewan McColl), 1961
Traditional Singer from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Vol. 1: Child Ballads, Various Artists (Lucy Stewart), 1961
The Folk Songs of Britain, Vol 4. The Child Ballads, Various Artists (Jessie Stewart), 1961
The Eyes of Love, Osborne Smith, 1961
Lilly Brothers and Don Stover, Lilly Brothers and Don Stover, 1962
Bluegrass Goes to College, Hylo Brown, 1962
Folk Songs of the Everly Brothers, Everly Brothers, 1962
Jupiter Book of Ballads, The: Spoken and Sung by Isla Cameron, Jill Balcon, Pauline Letts, John Laurie, etc., Various Artitst, 1962
Jim and Art Sing and Play a Folk Song, Jim Helms and Art Podell, 1962
Way Out West With, Alex Campbell, 1963
Folksongs of Saskatchewan, Various Artists (Molly Galbraith), 1963
Folk Songs of the Alleghenies, Various Artists (Patrick Gainer), 1963
The World of Pete Seeger, Pete Seeger, 1963
28th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. Galax, Virginia 1963, Various Artists (Thurman Pugh) , 1963
In Touch With..., Peter & Gordon, 1964
Single, Albert Parsley and Landon Messer, 1964
American Folk Singers And Balladeers, Various Artists (Joan Baez), 1964
High Lonesome Sound, Roscoe Holcomb, 1965
Just Plain Folk, Various Artists (Pete Seeger), 1965
The Manchester Angel, Ewan MacColl, 1966
God Bless The Grass, Pete Seeger, 1966
Old Times and Hard Times, Hedy West, 1967
Long Harvest. Traditional Ballads, English, Scots and Irish), Ewan McColl, 1967
Sara Makem, Ulster Ballad Singer, Sara Makem, 1968
Ballads and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Persistence and Change, Various Artists , Granny Porter and Wade Ward), 1968
Eighty English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, Bin Henson, 1968
Old Traditions, Bill and Jean Davis, 196?
Folk Songs of Britain, Vol 4. The Child Ballads, Various Artists (Thomas Moran, Phil Tanner, Fred Jordan, Mary Bennwell), 196?
Scottish Ballad Book, Jean Redpath, 196?
The Crew Cuts Sing Folk, The Crew Cuts, 196?
Sounds of the Smokies, Bill Davis and his Singing Dulcimer, 1971
The Hillmen, Chris Hillman, 1971
End of an Era, Everly Brothers, 1971
The Joan Baez Ballad Book, Joan Baez, 1972
Tom Rush, Tom Rush, 1972
Single, Charlie Moore and his Dixie Partners, 1972
World Of Pete Seeger, 1973
Angel Clare, Art Garfunkel, 1973
Country Bluegrass from Southwest Virginia, Glen Neaves and the Virginia Mountain Boys, 1974
Adirondack Woods Singer, Ted Ashlaw, 1976
George Tucker, George Tucker, 1976
Red Wing, I. D. Stamper, 1977
The Songbook, Joan Baez, 1977
The Everly Brothers' Greatest Hits, Volume 3, Everly Brothers, 1977
Golden Hour Presents, Volume 2, Joan Baez, 1977
Granny Riddle's Songs and Ballads, Almeda Riddle, 1977
Old Time Banjo in America, Buell Kazee, 1978
Cold Snap, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, 1978
20th Anniversary Concert, The New Lost City Ramblers, 1978
Satisfied Mind, Joan Baez, 1979
Songs of the Smokey Mountains, Bill Owens and the Kinfolk.(197?
Smokey Mountain Ballads, Harry and JeanieWest, 197?
Mountain Ballads and Old Time Songs, Bradley Kincaid, 197?
Hand-Me-Down Music: Old Songs, Old Friends - Vol. 2, Traditional Music of Union County, North Carolina, Various Artists (Seena Helms), 1980
God Bless the Grass, Pete Seeger, 1982
Make the Wildwoods Ring, MacArthur Family , 1982
Will Ye Go to Flanders? - Folksongs of the British Isles, James Griffet, 1982
Sailing into Walpole's Marsh, Sean Corcoran, 1983
Bradley Kincaid, Volume 1, Bradley Kincaid, 1984
O Love Is Teasin' (Anglo-American Mountain Balladry), Various Artists (Susan Reed), 1985
Mountain Songs, Robert Beaser w/ Enrique Granados, 1986
24 Greatest Hits, Mac Wiseman, 1987
Watching the White Wheat, The King's Singers, 1987
Selected Jigs Reels and Songs, De Danann, 1988
Blues, Songs and Ballads, Tom Rush, 1990
Stories from Mountains, Swamps and Honky-Tonks, Brownie Ford, 1990
Signs and Wonders, Ginny Hawker and Kay Justice, 1990
Classic Country Music, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Bradley Kincaid), 1990
Diamonds - Best of the Vanguard Years, Joan Baez, 1991
200 Years Of American Heritage In Song, Various Artists (Tommy Faile?), 1991
Classic Everly Brothers, Everly Brothers, 1992
Common Chord, David Grisman / Daniel Kobialka, 1993
Celtic Spirit, Anderson and Meis, 1994
Heartsongs - Live from Home, Dolly Parton, 1994
Both Sides/Then and Now, Betty Smith, 1994
36 All-Time Favorites, Everly Brothers, 1994
Chords and Thyme - English Folk Songs, Edward Flower, 1994
All Kinds of Folks: Prestige/Folklore Years, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Tom Rush), 1994
Folk Images, Paul Lansky, 1995
Folk Songs Of The Hills, Expanded Version), Merle Travis, 1996
Ancient Celtic Roots, Various Artists (Sara Makem), 1996
Six Days On the Road, Dave Dudley, 1996
Travel the Lake District, Bill Garden, 1996
Mountain Music of Kentucky (CD), Various Artists (J.D. Cornett), 1996
Guitar Christmas, William Holly, 1996
Three Ravens, Alfred Deller, 1996
The Lark in the Morning, Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, Family and Friends, 1996
Mountain Music of Kentucky, Various Artists (J.D. Cornett), 1996), Expanded version of 1960 LP
The Rose Grew Round the Briar, Vol. 1: Early American Rural Love Songs, Various Artists (Bradley Kincaid), 1997
Straight Outta Boone Country, Various Artists (The Handsome Family), 1997
Brothers in Rhythm, Everly brothers, 1998
Oh, The Wind and Rain, Jody Stecher, 1999
Best Of The Big Bands, Doris Day, 19??
Granny Riddle's Songs and Ballads, Almeda Riddle, 19??
Love Is Teasing: Scottish and English Early Ballads, Shanna Beth McGee, 19??
Café Continental, Welcome and Marta, 19??
In Touch With.., Peter and Gordon, 19??
Single, Bluegrass Gentlemen, 19??
Prairie Bluegrass, Bray Brothers & Red Cravens, 2000
The Complete Cadence Recordings: 1957-1960, The Everly Brothers, 2001
Ballad Legacy: The Alan Lomax Portait Series, Texas Gladden, 2001
Autoharp Concerto, David Johnson/Marsha Jones, 2001
Songcatcher, Various Artists (2 versions), 2001
Classic Mountain Songs, Various Artists (Jean Ritchie), 2002
Beginner's Guide to Folk Music, Various Artists (Shirley Collins), 2003
Buried Land: A Collection of Folk Song and Poetry, Jim Clark, 2003
The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in American Ballads, Various Artists (Jean Richie), 2004
Live at the Gaslight 1962, Bob Dylan, 2005
Stories, Misty River, 2007
Greatest Hits Dear Companion, Meg Baird, 2007
Classic Bluegrass Collection, Vols. 1-4, Various Artists (Moore and Napier), 2007
Songs from the Invisible Republic, Various Artists (Josh White), 2008
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean: British Songs in the USA, Various Artists (2 versions), 2015
The Book Of The Dawg: Dawg Roots, David Grisman, 2021
Performed only twice by the Dead, on both occasions, 12th and 30th Dec 1981, with Joan Baez.
First recorded mention of this traditional song is in Pepys Diary. On 2nd January 1666 he records hearing an actress singing the song.
Collected in Herd's Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs and Heroic Ballads of 1776 as Bonny Barbara Allan. Also mentioned in Ramsey's Tea Table Miscellany. It was collected by Francis Child as is recorded as Child's Ballad number 84.
Barbara Allen is usually the most commonly occurring song in ballad collections. For example, The Traditional Tunes Of The Child Ballads, Vol II by B. H. Bronson lists 198 variations of the song, collected in England, Scotland and many areas of the US.
Title variations include Barbara Ellen, Barbara Allyn, Bonny Barbara Allen, Barbarous Ellen and Sweet William.