“Hard Times Come Again No More” was written in 1854 by Stephen Foster and for many years considered a simple “parlor song” performed as a poem set to music. In fact, when it was first published by Firth, Pond, and Company, it was titled Foster’s Melody Number 28. The first audio recording of “Hard Times” was on a wax cylinder done by the Edison Manufacturing Company in 1905. The song is obviously timeless, its verse simply asking the more fortunate to consider the plight of those, who for whatever reason, find themselves less fortunate.
With Gordon Mote on keyboard and The Settles Connection providing background vocals, the classic is performed here by Buddy Greene.