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“Mary Don’t You Weep” predates the modern popular music chart system by as much as a century, but that hasn’t stopped groups such as the Swan Silvertones or Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers from recording popular versions of the song. Even before the advent of recording technology, “Mary Don’t You Weep” was a popular spiritual sung at communal events such as church services and fundraising concerts. It has inspired many Americans, black and white, to persevere in the face of extreme hardships.

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