Instead of a well-known singer, ''sir patrick spens'' and ''barbara allen'' will spring to the lips of the truly literate at the mention of ballad, and for. (origins) origins: sarah makem's 'barbara allan' (16) (origins) origins of: barbara allen, is there a story (37) i) the traditional ballad index c for the love of barbara allen shortly before his death in may 1971, transcript published in folk review for february 1973, contained the following assertions from him:-.
[ roud 54 child 84 g/d 6:1193 henry h236 ballad index c084 bodleian roud 54 wiltshire roud 54 trad] phil tanner sang barbara allen on a bbc recording made on april 22 this is, by far, the most popular of the traditional ballads in both cases 'it was he that died for love, and she that died of. Bonny barbara allan (child 84) of all the ballads in the child collection this is easily the most widely known and sung, both in the old country and in america.
Barbara allen by matthew sabatella and the rambling string band barbara allen, which dates back at least to the 17 th century, was perhaps the most commonly sung of tragic ballads from the british isles that for the love of barbara allen.