Songlines: ‘Me and My Telephone’ / ‘The World Keep On Turning’

Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis and Peter Green The first time that I came across the name Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis was in 1999; in a conversation with Mike Vernon printed in the booklet to “Fleetwood Mac – The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967 – 1969”, Peter Green mentions him as one of the musicians that […]

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Peter Green covers Robert Johnson 1968 – Part Two

Peter Green covers Robert Johnson 1968 – Part Two

BBC session, Radio One’s “Top Gear” – May 27, 1968 – ‘Dead Shrimp Blues’ ‘Dead Shrimp Blues’ was the third song that Robert Johnson recorded on the third day of  his first recording session in 1936. It was released as the B-side to his third release in 1937. It would be a full thirty years […]

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Songlines: ‘Bleeding Heart’

Fleetwood Mac / Jeremy Spencer 1968 – 2006 ‘Bleeding Heart’ is one of Elmore James’ later originals, done for producer Bobby Robinson.  From late 1960 through early 1963 James cut over thirty titles for Robinson during sessions held in New York City and New Orleans. The majority of those titles were released posthumously, including this […]

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Peter Green covers Robert Johnson -1968

Radio 1 Session – August 27, 1968 – ‘Preachin’ Blues’ Three months to the day after Green performed a cover of Robert Johnson’s ‘Dead Shrimp Blues’ for the BBC, he chose to do another Johnson song at a marathon session meant to build a backlog of material for broadcast during the band’s upcoming American tour. […]

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Songlines: ‘Ah! Soul’ / ‘Uranus’

In October of 1969, Bob Brunning asked Peter Green if he would be interested in joining the Brunning Sunflower Band in the studio to cut a few tracks for their new album.  Green said yes. The album that they were recording was a follow-up to the 1968 “Bullen Street Blues”, credited to the Brunning Sunflower […]

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Addendum: The Roots of ‘Do You Give a Damn For Me’ – Bukka White’s ‘Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues’

A few years back, I got an e-mail from a Peter T. who was writing to inform me that in an earlier blog about various covers of ‘Show-Biz Blues’ https://smilingcorgipress.com/remembering-rory-gallagher-2/ I had neglected to mention that Peter Green’s original performance of the number owed a debt to Bukka White’s ‘Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues’.  And while I […]

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Influences: Lightnin’ Slim

Peter Green – Trying So Hard To Forget Researching, writing, and revising (rinse and repeat) my books on the music of Peter Green took me well over ten years.  When I finally released them into the world to share with like-minded fans, it was the end of one phase and the beginning of another.  In […]

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Songlines: ‘Woke Up This Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)’ Part 1

Special thanks to Jimmy Dukes for bringing this to my attention – Recorded in December of 1952, B.B. King’s ‘Woke Up this Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)’, was the first of four 78’s that he would release in 1953.   B.B. King And His Orchestra Released as the A-side of an RPM single, March 1953 […]

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