“Kenny Wagner's Surrender”


Kenny Wagner has killed three men, including a Mississippi sheriff. Captured in Tennessee, he escapes but is retaken and sentenced to life


For the minimal background Hudson supplies for this song, see the notes to "Kenny Wagner" [Laws E7]. This is evidently a semi-sequel to "Kenny Wagner"; it refers to that song and adds more details but is told in the first person. - RBW

Cross references


  • Vernon Dalhart, "Kennie Wagner's Surrender" (Columbia 15098-D [as Al Craver] [as "Kinnie Wagner's Surrender"], 1926) (Edison 52020, 1927)
  • Ernest V. Stoneman, "Kenny Wagner's Surrender" (matrix # GEX 495-A recorded 1927 and issued 1927-1928 as: Herwin 75535, Gennett 6044 [as by Ernest V. Stoneman and his Graysen County Boys], Champion 1522 [as by Uncle Jim Seany], Silvertone 5004/Silvertone 25004 [as by Uncle Ben Hawkins])


  1. Laws E8, "Kenny Wagner's Surrender"
  2. BrownII 245, "Kenny Wagner's Surrender" (1 text)
  3. Hudson 106, pp. 245-246, "Kenny Wagner's Surrender" (1 text)
  4. Burt, p. 216-217, "(Kenny Wagner's Surrender)" (1 text)
  5. DT 779, KENWAGSR
  6. Roud #979
  7. BI, LE08


Author: Andrew Jenkins
Earliest date: 1927 (recordings, Vernon Dalhart, Ernest Stoneman)
Found in: US(SE,So)