“Walking in the Parlor,” also known as “History of the World,” is an old minstrel song often sang by slaves in Virginia before the civil war. It was used, one story goes, to teach history to their children on the plantations of Virginia.
Over the years it has morphed into many versions performed by traditional and bluegrass bands. I first heard it sung by a black farmhand who worked for my step-father in Farmville in the ’50s.
Chance McCoy and Anna Roberts Gevalt closed out the Floyd Radio Show Saturday night with this fine version of the song.