Song of the Day #120
Song of the Day: Barbara Allen is an ageless folksong whose origins go back to the 17th century. It has been performed in countless permutations by chamber groups and singers from every genre of music. I remember it today, on Christmas Eve, because it is featured so prominently in poignant scenes of the 1951 film version of "A Christmas Carol," with the incomparable Alastair Sim. For an equally poignant instrumental rendition, check out the audio clip on a very special album, "Christmas Jazz Guitar," by the terrific jazz guitarist Jack Wilkins. Meanwhile, don't forget to track Santa Claus!