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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Addendum: Previously unreleased performance of ‘I Have To Laugh’

In March of 2022, Dutch Greenologist Gert Jan Kuiper tipped me off to two compilations of Fleetwood Mac BBC recordings that were recently posted to YouTube. The first, posted March 01, 2022 was titled “Fleetwood Mac 1969-1970 Complete Unreleased BBC” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jNEeyqPXGA Consisting of sixteen titles, a few had in fact not been in wide circulation […]

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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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Songlines: ‘Too Much Monkey Business’

Chuck Berry didn’t tour England until May of 1964, but his songs had been in the repertoires of countless British bands for years by then, including the two biggest, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Surprisingly, ‘Too Much Monkey Business’ proved to be particular favorite. I say “surprisingly” as the song was not released in […]

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Songlines: ‘Don’t Know Which Way to Go’

My introduction to this song was on “Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack – Rush” (Reprise 1992) Eric Clapton composed and performed the score and included a few songs; he brought in Buddy Guy to take the lead on this complete makeover of a number that Guy had originally recorded in 1962.  Guy turns in […]

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Songlines: ‘Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday is just as Bad’ Part 2

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers – Eric Clapton & Peter Green In 1965 new recordings of T-Bone Walker’s song were released in the U.K. in August, September and October see Part 1). There was also a live performance of the song by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers caught on tape in early November, though it wouldn’t see […]

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Songlines: ‘Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday is just as Bad’ Part 1

Enshrined in the Grammy, Rock and Roll and the Blues Foundation’s Halls of Fame, as well as the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Recording Legacy, T-Bone Walker’s ‘Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday is just as Bad’* is an acknowledged foundation stone in the development of blues and rock ‘n roll. Not bad for a […]

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A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 2

When Otis Rush joined the 1966 American Folk Blues Festival European tour, he had not released a record under his own name in four years. Prior to that tour, he had only two songs released in the U.K.; ‘So Many Roads, So Many Trains’ had appeared on the Pye International Chess compilation “The Blues, Volume […]

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