zaterdag 6 december 2014

Muddy Water Blues (1926) / I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (1936) / New Muddy Water Blues (1937) / Bumble Bee's New Muddy Water (1937)


"I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water" is a song written / arranged by Austin Powell in 1939.
The song was recorded by Powell's group The Cats and the Fiddle.
Austin Powell's arrangement was based on a traditional blues-song.
Most subsequent versions of this song follow the Austin Powell arrangement:
Lou Rawls 1962, Aretha Franklin 1965, Electric Flag 1968 and Johnny Taylor 1969 to name a few.

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=13288


Austin Powell's 1939 arrangement was obviously based on earler versions of this traditional:

(o) Amos (=Bumble Bee Slim) (1934) (as "Muddy Water Blues")
Recorded October 27, 1934 in Chicago, IL; Amos Easton, voc; unknown, p; prob. Carl Martin, poss. Big Bill Broonzy, g
Released in 1934 on Bluebird B5862  (as by Amos)
Re-released in 1936 on Bluebird B6586  (as by Bumble Bee Slim)

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I worked all the time worked four to four
I'm goinn hummin, you close the door
That's all right woman, in the old way you do
If it had to be for you baby, i would lead you to do
I'd rather drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log
and to let you spend my money and treat my like a dog

I've given you baby, my trembling hand
here's one thing honey, that you must understand
I ain't drinkin whiskey, ain't drinkin wine.
I'm gettin you so baby now, keepin all your mind.
I'd rather drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log
and to let you spend my money and treat my like a dog

Yes yes yo baby, as one and one is two.
Someday I'll have money and seems tough to date like you
I love you baby, but I hate the way you do
Goodbye darling, farewell to you
If I drank muddy water, sleep in a hollow log.
Well I won't be here and treated like a dog

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(c) Jimmie Gordon (1936)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
(CREDITED to JIMMIE GORDON )
Recorded October 26, 1936 in Chicago.
Released on Decca 7250

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You don't know, you don't know my mind
what's the need of treating you so nice and kind
What's the need of being somebody's fool
And they treat you just like a Georgia mule.
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

Mmm, this fast life is killing me
Seems like that fast life won't let me be
Drinking good whiskey all of my days
Seems like this whiskey gonna take me to my grave
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

You can shake it, you can brake it, you can sort out by the wall
Run around to the window and catch that B 44
There was no lady by the name of Sister Sue
She sugared so fast, she didn't know what to do
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

I give you my money to buy you shoes and clothes
If you mess around out to the county mize you go
Buy you a coffin, I'll even get you a trout
Get you some nice place just to lay your body down
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

I'd rather see my coffin come rollin in my door
Finally got our love to said she don't want me no more
Feelin sad and lonely, feelin so blue
Haven't got nobody just to take my troubles to
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

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On July 28, 1935 Eddie Miller was in fact the first one to record a version titled "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water". It was recorded in Chicago for the Bluebird-label, but was not issued.
More than one year later Miller recorded a version that was released on Melotone.
It was almost identical to the Jimmie Gordon version on Decca above.

(c) Eddie Miller (1937)
Written (adapted ?)  by Eddie Miller
Recorded November 12, 1936 in Chicago
Released on Perfect 7-02-60 and Melotone 7-02-60 http://www.bluesworld.com/ARC.pdf

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Early in the morning at the break of day
I grabbed the pillow where my baby got laid
Feeling sad and lonely feeling blue
I ain't got no woman to tell my troubles to
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

You don't know, you don't know my mind
Part of this fella treats you nice and kind
What's the use of being somebody's fool
They gonna treat you like some old Georgia mule.
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

I give you my money to buy you shoes and clothes
I'll catch you messin around after the coffin you go
Pay for your coffin daddy pay for your trout
Pay for the undertaker to lay your dead body down
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

Whip it took my baby you may hang it on the wall
Thought I'd be run dow with that 44
I had no lady by the name of Sue
She sugared so much, great God these nurses do
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

Oooo, fast life is killing me
Seems as the fast life just won't let me be
Seem that fast life gonna follow me all my days
Seem that fast life gonna follow me to my grave
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

Listen here: Eddie Miller – I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (take 1)


(c) Bumble Bee Slim (1937) (as "Bumble Bee's New Muddy Water")
(CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !)
Recorded June 10, 1937 in Chicago.
Released on Perfect 7-08-74

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Tell me when you're comin back in town to stay
And tell me why do you have to go away
One of these mornings and it won't be long
You gonna call me and I'll be gone
I would rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

You know you gotta harm like it's all out of doors
You find your diamonds and you stole my gloves
Slippin and slidin down the streets of main
And there I stand, afraid to call your name
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

Mmmmm, if I lose my mind
Wonder would she be, thought of nice and kind.
What's the use of going to the county jail
Doing a game of time for no good friends
I would rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

All the cops in town tell the judge that I'm wrong
Send me to the jail, just where I belong
Got no friends to call on the stand
Got no one to lend me a helping hand.
I would rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

Gee, strong drinks is killing me
Seems as though strong drinks just won't let me be
Seems like strong drinks follow me all my days
Seems like strong drinks gonna tear me to my grave
I would rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

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(c) Merline Johnson (1937)  (as "New Muddy Water Blues")
(CREDITED to MERLINE JOHNSON)
Eddie Miller: piano
Recorded May 4, 1937
Released on Bluebird B 6985


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Listen here: The Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson) – New Muddy Water Blues

1 month later Merline Johnson became famous as The Yas Yas Girl and was labelled as such on subsequent releases of her records.

(c) The Yas Yas Girl (=Merline Johnson) (1937)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water, No. 2")
(CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !)
Recorded June 9, 1937 in Chicago.
Released on Melotone 7-09-66, Conqueror 8922 and Vocalion 03638

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Listen here: The Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson) – I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water, No. 2



(c) Willie Mae (=Billie McKenzie) (1937)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Eddie Miller: piano
(It was almost identical to the 1936 Eddie Miller version on Melotone).
Recorded December 3, 1936 in Chicago.
Released on Vocalion 03404

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Listen here: Eddie Miller with Willie Mae McKenzie – I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water



(c) Cats & The Fiddle (1940)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Written (adapted ?) by Austin Powell.
Recorded June 27, 1939.
Released May 1940 on Bluebird 8402 and re-released in 1948 on RCA Victor 20-2795

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http://www.vocalgroupharmony.com/I_Rather.htm

Babe, we got to have a little talk
I ought to pack up my things and walk
I know a dollar goes from hand to hand
Before I met you, go from man to man
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

Working for you just like a Georgia mule
My friends laughed and they called me a fool
Your kisses are as sweet as can be
Before I'll let you make a sap out of me
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

Love you baby but you won't be fair
You don't know how to be on the square
Have your fun baby if you must
Before I'll have a woman, that I can't trust
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

Listen here:




The only artist to hit the charts with his version was Grant Jones. His version, credited to Amos Eastman, closely follows "Bumble Bee's New Muddy Water" (1937).

(c) Grant Jones with Brown's Blues Blowers (1949) (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (And Sleep in a Hollow Log)".
Recorded September 13, 1950
Released on Decca 48192 (Top 10 R&B USA)





(c) Lou Rawls (1962)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Following the Cats and the Fiddle version written by Austin Powell.
BUT CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !!

Released on the album "Stormy Monday".

http://www.discogs.com/Lou-Rawls-Les-McCann-Ltd-Stormy-Monday/master/108233

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(c) Aretha Franklin (1965) (as "Muddy Water")
(WRONGLY CREDITED to Peter DeRose/Harry Richman/Jo Trent !!!!)

Recorded Live In New York February 10, 1965
Released on the album "Yeah!".

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(c) B.B. King (1965)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Following the Cats and the Fiddle version written by Austin Powell.
BUT CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !!

B.B. King (v,g), Carl Adams (tp), John Watson (tb), Lawrence Burdine (as), Vernon Slater (ts), Johnny Board (bs), Duke Jethro (org), Leo Blevins (g), Leo Lauchie (b), Sonny Freeman (d), unknown (p)
Recorded June 24,1965 in Chicago IL
Released on ABC Paramount 10754.

http://www.45cat.com/record/10754

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(c) Electric Flag (1968)
Live at the Carousel Ballroom (San Francisco, CA), May 18, 1968.
Mike Bloomfield playing the guitar and Buddy Miles singing.





(c) Johnny Taylor (1968)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Following the Cats and the Fiddle version written by Austin Powell.
BUT CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !!

Released on the album "Who's Making Love"

http://www.discogs.com/Johnnie-Taylor-Whos-Making-Love/release/555388




(c) Steve Cropper (1971) (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")

Instrumental version, released on his album "With A Little Help From My Friends"

http://www.discogs.com/Steve-Cropper-With-A-Little-Help-From-My-Friends/release/863014

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(c) Junior Parker (1972) (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
From the album I Tell Stories Sad And True from 1972

http://www.discogs.com/Junior-Parker-I-Tell-Stories-Sad-And-True-I-Sing-The-Blues-And-Play-Harmonica-Too-It-Is-Very-Funky/release/4255592

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(c) Joe Williams (1992)
Following the Cats and the Fiddle version written by Austin Powell.
BUT CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !!

Recorded Live at the Orchestra Hall in Detroit in November 1992.

http://www.allmusic.com/album/live-at-orchestra-hall-detroit-mw0000095316

Listen here:

Joe Williams & The Count Basie Orchestra – I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water




More versions here: http://www.secondhandsongs.com/performance/251950/versions



"I'd rather drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log" was also a line in Jimmie Rodgers's "Blue Yodel #1 (T For Texas)"
And 1 year earlier the same line was contained in Papa Freddie's "Muddy Water Blues"

(o) Papa Freddie (1926)
Freddie Spruell, voc, g
Recorded November 17, 1926 in Chicago, IL;
Released on Okeh 8422-A

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I know you heard the story, listen now, people, I know you heard the song
I know you heard the story, listen now, people, I know you heard the song
I mean I drank muddy water, mean, shivered, now, the whole night long

I'd rather drink muddy water, rather sleep in a real hollow log
I'd rather drink muddy water, rather sleep in a real hollow log
Baby, now before I'd stay with you and let you treat me like you drive your dog

"Now, daddy, daddy, daddy, listen, turn your lights down low."
She 'lowed as, "Daddy, daddy, daddy, now listen, turn your lights down low."
"I got somethin' good to tell you", she 'lowed as, "daddy just before you go."

"Put your hat on my dresser, and put your shoes, daddy, now, under my bed."
"Put your hat on my dresser, and put your shoes, daddy, now, under my bed."
"Use your arm for my pillow, daddy, just to hold your little old worried head."

Listen to, "Hooo, baby, now, how long, how long?"
"Baby, hooo", listen to, "Baby, now how long, how long?"
"I mean I'd rather drink muddy water, baby, 'cause you know you sure have done me wrong."

"I'd rather drink muddy water, I'd rather wade muddy water, too."
"I'd rather drink muddy water, and I'd rather wade muddy water, too."
"Now, before that I'd stay with you, and take these low-down dirty things you do."

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The second verse of Papa Freddie's "Muddy Water Blues" was also used to make a new song "Makin' Friends".
Recorded in 1928 by Eddie Condon and his Footwarmers.

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"I'd rather drink muddy water, Lord, sleep in a hollow log
I'd rather drink muddy water, Lord, sleep in a hollow log
Then to be away up here in New York, treated like a dirty dog"

Listen here (at 1 min and 20 seconds in the next YT)






PS: NOT to be confused with Harry Richman's "Muddy Water"

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=4302




woensdag 26 november 2014

My Lagan Love (1904) / She Moved Thro' The Fair (1909) / The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood (1966) / Belfast Child (1989)


"My Lagan Love" 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lagan_Love

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk-song-lyrics/My_Lagan_Love.htm

http://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/mylaganlove.html

Lyrics by Joseph Campbell (AKA Seosamh MacCathmhaoil)
Tune collected by Herbert Hughes, aka Padraig Mac Aodh O'Neill)
In 1904 Herbert Hughes collected a traditional air from the remote parts of County Donegal.
While on holidays in Donegal, Hughes had learned the air from Proinseas mac Suibhne, who had learned it from his father Seaghan mac Suibhne, who in turn had learned it fifty years previously.
With lyrics credited to Joseph Campbell the song "My Lagan Love" was published in 1904 on page 32 of  "Songs of Uladh"

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Hughes' preface says: "I made this collection while on holiday in North Dun-na-n Gall (Donegal) in August of last year."
My Lagan Love is on page 32. The note says, "I got this from Proinseas mac Suibhne who played it for me on the fidil. He had it from his father Seaghan mac Suibhne, who learned it from a sapper working on the Ordnance Survey in Tearmann about fifty years ago. It was sung to a ballad called the "Belfast Maid," now forgotten in Cill-mac-nEnain"

In Scottish Gaelic a "leannan-sidhe" is a Faery Lover. This type of Faery Lover often takes a person's love and then leaves. He or she goes back where they came from (Faery Land?) leaving the human pining for their lost love. The poor mortals in the tales of leannan sidhe often died of sorrow.

NB: This faery lover theme is also reminiscent to the theme used in another Irish traditional song, which also has a similar tune: "She Moved Through The Fair".
(SEE FURTHER ON IN THIS TOPIC)


In 1905 Hamilton Harty made a new arrangement of "My Lagan Love", which was published by Boosey & Hawkes in "Three Traditional Ulster Airs".
The song was dedicated to Plunket Greene, who often sang it on recitals.
Other singers who performed the song were Campbell McInnes, Agnes Nicholls and John McCormack.

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In 1910 "My Lagan Love", with the Hamilton Harty-arrangement, was recorded by John McCormack.
Recorded March 25, 1910 in New York
Released on Victor 64154

http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/1946/

http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/200008846/B-8751-My_Lagan_love

http://www.mccormacksociety.co.uk/Mccormack/McCormack%27s%20Recordings/McCormack%20Victor-HMV%20Acoustics.htm

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In 1909 the traditional tune used in "My Lagan Love" was adapted by Herbert Hughes to write another classic song: "She Moved Thro' The Fair"
This time the lyrics were written by Padraic Colum, who was more than familiar with the lyricist of "My Lagan Love": Joseph Campbell.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Moved_Through_the_Fair

http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/ballads/K165.html

http://mainlynorfolk.info/anne.briggs/songs/shemovesthroughthefair.html

Roud #861 : http://www.vwml.org/roudnumber/861

"She Moved Thro' The Fair" is fundamentally the same song as "My Lagan Love" (except for a lovely chord change in the B figure of Lagan)

Herbert Hughes apparently used the same traditional tune "Belfast Maid" from the County of Donegal to arrange it for two seperate songs: "My Lagan Lovë" (1904) and "She Moved Thro' The Fair" (1909)

NB: In 1989 the Simple Minds used part of the tune for their song "Belfast Child", maybe referring to this traditional tune from County Donegal ("Belfast Maid") ?
(SEE FURTHER ON IN THIS TOPIC)


"She Moved Thro' The Fair"
Lyrics by Padraic Colum
Tune collected by Herbert Hughes, aka Padraig Mac Aodh O'Neill)
In a letter published in the Irish Times, 22 April 1970, Padraic Colum, claiming he was the author of all but the final verse of the poem, described how Hughes collected the tune and he, Colum kept the last verse of a traditional song they heard and then composed a couple of verses to fit the music. One verse (the 3rd) was not included in the first publication of the collection published by Boosey & Hawkes in London in a work entitled Irish Country Songs in 1909

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My young love said to me "My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you for your lack of kind"
And she stepp'd away from me and this she did say
"It will not be long, love, till our wedding-day"

She stepp'd away from me and she went thro' the fair
And fondly I watch'd her move here and move there
And then she went homeward, with one star awake
As the swan in the evening moves over the lake

Last night she came to me, she came softly in
So softly she came that her feet made no din
And she laid her hand on me and this she did say
"It will not be long, love, till our wedding-day"

http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/2/25/IMSLP336070-SIBLEY1802.22671.2489-39087012503472vol._1_score.pdf

The lyrics of "She Moved Through The fair" are often shortened by omitting the third verse (SEE PIC BELOW), as this verse was the one Colum wrote after the first three verses had been sent for publication and it had to await a later edition for publication (Colum's 1916 collection "Wild Earth: And Other Poems")

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https://archive.org/stream/wildearthotherpo00colu#page/26/mode/2up


The first recorded version of "She Moved Thro' The Fair" I could find is by Father Sydney MacEwan.

(o) Sydney MacEwan (1936)  ("She Moved Thro’ The Fair")
(County Donegal) (trad. arr. Herbert Hughes)
Tenor with Duncan Morrison, piano
Recorded in London on March 18, 1936
Matrix CE-7528-1 

http://www.nls.uk/media/1056439/section-14-ma-mckay.pdf

Released on Parlophone DIP 146 (Ireland) and R-2311 (England)

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http://www.45cat.com/record/gep8649

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Or here:




(c) Jack Feeney and Helen Merchant (1937) (as "She Moved Thru The Fair")
Recorded June 23, 1937 (Matrix 62308)
Released on Decca 12121A

http://books.google.nl/books?id=TvB2hsWm8HwC&pg=PA2759&lpg=PA2759&dq=she+moved+thru+the+fair+merchant&source=bl&ots=zJd5hQTSo_&sig=nIOAbMooJ3GUSEZ2LNVE_gzURu8&hl=nl&sa=X&ei=PnF0VPiZH8bdPeGTgcAO&ved=0CF4Q6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=she%20moved%20thru%20the%20fair%20merchant&f=false



(c) John McCormack (1941)  (as "She Moved Thro' The Fair")
With GERALD MOORE, piano
Recorded June 25,  1941, Studio 3, Abbey Road, London.
Released on HMV DA 1813 (UK) and HMV IR 231 (Ireland)

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(c) Sean McDonagh (1951) (as "My Lagan Love" AND "She Walked Through The Fair")

On February 7, 1951 Alan Lomax was in a pub in Kilnaleck (County Cavan), North-East Ireland, where he recorded Sean McDonagh singing two similar songs: "My Lagan Love"

http://research.culturalequity.org/rc-b2/get-audio-detailed-recording.do?recordingId=7456

Listen here:

http://c0383352.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/audio/T3304R06.mp3

And "She Walked Through The Fair"

http://research.culturalequity.org/rc-b2/get-audio-detailed-recording.do?recordingId=7451

Listen here:

http://c0383352.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/audio/T3304R05.mp3



(c) Margaret Barry (1952 and 1953) (as "My Lagan Love" AND "She Moves Through The Fair")
Two recordings by Peter Kennedy in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, in 1952 and by Alan Lomax in London in 1953 are on her 1998 Rounder anthology I Sang Through the Fairs.
Margaret Barry sang She Moves Through the Fair in an Ewan MacColl recording from March 10, 1955 on her 1956 Riverside album Songs of an Irish Tinker Lady.

On November 1 and 3, 1953 Alan Lomax was in London, where in his own flat he recorded Margaret Barry singing the 2 similar songs: 'My Lagan Love"

http://research.culturalequity.org/rc-b2/get-audio-detailed-recording.do?recordingId=12534

Listen here:

http://c0383352.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/audio/T3462R02.mp3

And "She Moves Through The Fair"

http://research.culturalequity.org/rc-b2/get-audio-detailed-recording.do?recordingId=12393

Listen here:

http://c0383352.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/audio/T3435R01.mp3


Most subsequent versions of She Moves Through the Fair seem to be derived from Margaret Barry's which also had introduced the change from "my young love" to "my dead love" in the last verse.



(c) Susan Reed (1954)  (as "He Moved Through The Fair")
Released in 1954 on 10" album "Susan Reed Sings Old Airs (From Ireland Scotland And England)" (Elektra EKL 26)                                   

http://www.discogs.com/Susan-Reed-Susan-Reed-Sings-Old-Airs-From-Ireland-Scotland-And-England/release/6116244

Re-released in 1961 on Elektra EKL 126

http://www.atsf.co.uk/elektra/discography.php?from=350&to=850

Listen here: Susan Reed – He Moved Through The Fair



(c) Pete Seeger (1956) (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
Released in 1956 on his album Love Songs for Friends and Foes

http://www.folkways.si.edu/pete-seeger/she-moves-through-the-fair/american-folk/music/track/smithsonian

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(c) Dominic Behan (1958) (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
Dominic Behan sang She Moves Through the Fair in 1958 on his Topic album Irish Songs.

http://www.theballadeers.com/db_d1958_t28_recalled.htm


(c) Anne Briggs (1963) (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
A 19 years young Anne Briggs sang She Moves Through the Fair at the Edinburgh Festival in 1963 where it was recorded by Bill Leader for the album Edinburgh Folk Festival Vol. 1.

http://www.discogs.com/Various-Edinburgh-Folk-Festival-Vol-1/release/1899428




(c) Odetta (1963) (as "She Moved Through the Fair")
Released in 1963 on the album "One Grain Of Sand" (Vanguard VRS9137)
“One Grain Of Sand” finds her singing and playing guitar with accompaniment by Bill Lee (Spike Lee’s father, who also was responsible for the music in his son’s movie Mo’ Better Blues) on string bass.




(c) Marianne Faithfull (1966) (as "She Moved Through the Fair")

On her album North Country Maid

http://www.discogs.com/Marianne-Faithfull-North-Country-Maid/master/498269

Faithfull re-recorded the song for her 1990 album Blazing Away, and has often sung it in concert.


(c) Pete Seeger (1966)  (as "The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood")
In 1966 Richard Fariña wrote a poem, which he set to the tune of "My Lagan Love".
But before an official version could be recorded, Richard died in a motorcycle crash on April 30, 1966 - his wife Mimi's twenty-first birtday.

http://mainlynorfolk.info/sandy.denny/songs/quietjoysofbrotherhood.html

Pete Seeger was the first one to record this song for his album "God Bless The Grass".

http://www.discogs.com/Pete-Seeger-God-Bless-The-Grass/release/5633994

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(c) Davey Graham (1967) (as "She Moved Through The Bizarre/Blue Ragga")
Davey Graham recorded “She Moved Thru the Bizarre,” a unique guitar arrangement of the traditional Irish song “She Moved Through the Fair.” Graham’s version was a complex instrumental piece based loosely on the original that incorporated Indian influences.

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(c) Yardbirds (1967)  (as "White Summer")
Jimmy Page lifted this song from Davey Graham's arrangement nearly completely, renamed it “White Summer” and laid it on the Yardbirds 1967 album Little Games.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Summer

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(c) Led Zeppelin (1969)  (as "White Summer")
In 1969 Jimmy Page's group Led Zeppelin also recorded "White Summer".
A live performance during the band's U.K. Tour of Summer 1969 was recorded by the BBC at the Playhouse Theatre in London on 27 June 1969 for the pilot of Radio One's In Concert series.
This recording was released in 1990 on the Led Zeppelin Boxed Set with the combined title "White Summer/Black Mountain Side". The piece was later included as a bonus track on the 1993 boxed set The Complete Studio Recordings.

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(c) Sandy Denny recorded She Moves Through the Fair in 1967 as a home demo that was finally made available in 2004 on the 5CD Fledg'ling anthology A Boxful of Treasures.

In 1969 Fairport Convention also released the song on What We Did on Our Holidays.    .

Fairport Convention adopted the style of the song from the influential travelling singer Margaret Barry, though she herself had learned it from a vinyl recording made by John McCormack at EMI Studios in 1941.

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(c) Fairport Convention (1969)  (as "The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood")
Out-take from Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief sessions at the Sound Techniques Studios in Summer 1969, finally appearing on the 2002 CD reissue of Liege and Lief (Take 1).



Sandy re-recorded the song in 1972 for her Sandy album, singing the song unaccompanied with just her vocals multi-tracked (and achieving some very interesting effects).





(c) Trees (1970)  (as "She Moved Thro' the Fair")
On their album The Garden of Jane Delawney

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(c) Art Garfunkel (1977) 
On his album Watermark

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(c) All About Eve (1988) (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
On their eponymous 1988 debut album.

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(c) Van Morrison and the Chieftains (1988)
On their album Irish Heartbeat , Van Morrison and the Chieftains recorded both "My Lagan Love" and "She Moved through the Fair".








(c) Simple Minds (1989) (intro and outro of  Belfast Child)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_Child

As I said above in 1989 the Simple Minds used part of the tune for their song "Belfast Child", maybe referring to the traditional tune from County Donegal ("Belfast Maid") ?



This title "Belfast Child" nearly matches the title of the original ballad it was sung to: "Belfast Maid"

SEE: http://digital.library.villanova.edu/files/vudl:312624/LARGE (click to zoom in)



(c) Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet (1994)  (as "She Moved Through The Fair")

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(c) Sinéad O'Connor (1995)  ("He Moved Through The Fair")
On The Chieftains' collaborative album The Long Black Veil 

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Sinead O'Connor also recorded a solo version for the soundtrack of the 1996 film Michael Collins.

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And in 2002 Sinead O'Connor also recorded "My Lagan Love"

http://www.sineadoconnor.com/full_discography/songs/my_lagan_love.php

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(c) Boyzone (1996)  (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
On their album A Different Beat


(c) Mike Oldfield (1996)  (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
On his album Voyager


(c) Charlotte Church (2000)  (as "She Moved Through the Fair")
On her album Charlotte Church


(c) Rory Gallagher (2003)  (as "She Moved Thro' The Fair")
Rory Gallagher,  who was born in the County Donegal (where Herbert Hughes had collected the song some 100 years earlier), recorded a version with Bert Jansch released on Gallagher's album Wheels Within Wheels 2003.
Bert Jansch also recorded a solo-version for his 1988 album Toy Balloon.
In 2002 Bert Jansch also recorded the "The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood" variation.



(c) Jefferson Starship (2008)  (as "The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood")

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson's_Tree_of_Liberty

http://grooveshark.com/s/The+Quiet+Joys+Of+Brotherhood/4OaJJ4?src=5


More versions here:

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=5468

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=4361

http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/116516/versions#nav-entity



zaterdag 18 oktober 2014

Andantino in D-flat (1888) / Moonlight and Roses (1925)


The "Andantino in D-flat" op.83 no.2 (1888) (also known as "Moonlight and Roses"), is one of English organist and composer Edwin Lemare's few well-known original compositions. It became so popular that he was asked to play it in nearly all his concerts. It sold tens of thousands of copies, though he did not initially make any money out of it; when it was copyrighted in 1892 by Robert Cocks in London and published by Novello & Co., Ltd., he received a flat fee of three guineas.

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Lemare did not call it "Moonlight and Roses" nor did he attach any words to the tune; it was American songwriters Ben Black and Charles N. Daniels (under the pseudonym Neil Moret) who added these words to the melody, without permission, in 1921:

Moonlight and roses
Bring wonderful mem'ries of you.
My heart reposes
In beautiful thoughts so true.
June light discloses
Love's olden dreams sparkling anew,
Moonlight and roses
Bring mem'ries of you.

The piece became extremely popular and sold over one million copies. Lemare threatened legal action in 1925, resulting in his obtaining a share of the royalties; he finally profited from his popular tune. The piece uses the technique known as thumbing down; the left hand plays an accompaniment on the choir manual, while the fingers of the right hand play the tune on the solo manual, and the thumb of the right hand simultaneously plays the tune on the great manual, in parallel sixths. The player is thus playing on three manuals at once.


Its opening phrase had an even earlier birth, however, bearing as it does an uncanny resemblance to that of the Adagio of Mozart's 'Hunt' quartet (1784)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_Quartet_No._17_(Mozart)

Listen here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PDP-CH_-_Budapest_String_Quartet_-_String_Quartet_No._17_(Mozart)_-_3rd_Movement_-_Adagio_(1st_Record)_-_Hmv-d1388-08247.flac



The first version of the instrumental "Andantino" (before the Black/Moret lyrics) seems to be recorded in 1924 by Mark Andrews on the pipe-organ.

(o) Mark Andrews (1924) ("Andantino")
Recorded September 30, 1924 in a church building in Camden, New Jersey.
Released on Victor 19472

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http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800004925/B-30759-Andantino

Listen here:

http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/10045


In 1927 the composer himself, Edwin H. Lemare, also recorded a version of "Andantino".
Recorded July 30, 1927 in a church building in Camden, New Jersey.
Released on Victor 35843.

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http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800012112/CVE-37855-Andantino



The first vocal version (with the Black/Moret lyrics) was recorded by Henry Halstead, one year after the first instrumental version.

(o) Henry Halstead and his Orchestra (1925)
Recorded February 6, 1925 in Oakland, California
Released on Victor 19579

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http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/1000016672/PB-85-Moonlight_and_roses_bring_memries_of_you

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(c) Austin Wylie's Golden Pheasant Orch. (1925)
Vocals by Irving Kaufman.
Recorded February 25, 1925 in New York.
Seems to be the first artist to rightfully credit Edwin Lemare

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http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/14993

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https://archive.org/download/AustinWylieOrch-01-04/AustinWylieOrchVirvingKaufman-MoonlightAndRoses.mp3



(c) Ray Miller and his Orchestra (1925) ("Moonlight and Roses")
Vocals by Frank Bessinger and Frank Wright.
This version hit the #5 spot on the US charts.
Recorded in New York on March 13, 1925.
Released on Brunswick 2866

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Listen here:

http://incoming.jazz-on-line.com/a/mp3w/1925_115.mp3


(c) Californiacs (1925)
Recorded March 1925 in Hollywood
Released on Sunset 1075

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http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/artist/the-californiacs

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(c) Waikiki Hawaiian Trio (1925)
With Sol Hoopii on steel-guitar
Released on Sunset 1095

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http://www.discogs.com/Sol-Hoopii-Sol-Hoopii-In-Hollywood-His-First-Recording-1925/release/3786534

Listen to a sample here:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/sol-hoopii-in-hollywood-mw0000779490


(c) John McCormack (1925)
Recored April 23, 1925 in Camden, New Jersey, during McCormack's first electric recording session. All of his previous recordings were acoustically recorded.
This version hit the #3 spot on the US charts.
Released on Victrola 1092.
Charted at #3 in August 1925.

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http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800006796/BVE-32535-Moonlight_and_roses_bring_memries_of_you

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(c) Polla's Clover Gardens Orchestra 1925
vocals Helen Clark and Joseph Phillips (=Charles Hart)
Recorded April 9, 1925 in New York
Released on Edison 51540

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http://www.edisonphonology.com/moonrose.mp3


(c) Max Terr 1925
Recorded May 28, 1925 in New York
Released on Perfect 14438

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(c) Savoy Orpheans (1925)
Recorded at Hayes, Middlesex, October 23, 1925
Released on HMV B-2171

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(c) Norton Payne (1926)
Recorded March 28, 1926, Montreal, Quebec, Compo Company Limited.
Released In June 1926 on Apex 743-B

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Also released in the USA on Perfect 11614

http://www.discogs.com/Norton-H-Payne-Always-Moonlight-And-Roses/release/5923136

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http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/m2/f7/16758.mp3


(c) Waring's Pennsylvanians (1926)
Recorded June 3, 1926 in New York

http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800009766/BVE-35526-Moonlight_and_roses_bring_memories_of_you

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(c) Frank Luther Trio (1934)
Frank Luther, Zora Layman, Leonard Stokes (vocal trio),
Recorded September 21, 1934
Released on Decca 5038

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(c) Hugh And Shug's Radio Pals (1937)
Hugh Cross (vo), Shug Fisher (b), Ted Grant (f), Lenny Aylshire (acc)
Recorded July 16, 1937 in New York City.
Released on Decca 5406

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Listen to sample here:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/hugh-shugs-radio-pals-mw0002011206


(c) Victor Young and his Orchestra (with Connie Boswell (1938)
Recorded April 16, 1938 in Los angeles
Released on Decca 1885

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Listen to a sample here:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/moonlight-roses-mw0000422039



(c) Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys (1938)
Eldon Shamblin [gt], Leon McAuliffe [steel], Sleepy Johnson [banjo], Joe Ferguson [bass], Jesse Ashlock [fiddle], Smokey Dacus [drums], Al Stricklin [piano], Everett Stover [trumpet], Charles Laughton [trumpet/clarinet/sax], Zeb McNally [sax])
Recorded May 17, 1938 in Dallas, TX
Released on Vocalion 04439, Conqueror 9155 and Columbia 37727 and 20304.

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Listen to a sample here:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/san-antonio-rose-bear-family-mw0000112079


(c) Wayne King and his Orchestra (1939)
Recorded on July 21, 1939 in New York
Released on Victor 26394

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(c) Lanny Ross (1940)
Roy Bargy (p)
Recorded October 10, 1940 in New York
Released on Victor 26784

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https://archive.org/download/LannyRossCollection1933-1935/MoonlightRosesB.mp3



(c) Betty Grable (1940)
Betty Grable sang it in the motion-picture musical "Tin Pan Alley" (1940)

http://www.discogs.com/Betty-Grable-Rare-Recordings-1930-1970/release/2567817

Listen here (at 2 min and 15 sec) in the next soundfile:

Betty Grable – Tin Pan Alley: Medley: Honeysuckle Rose / Moonlight & Roses



(c) Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians (1941)
Recorded March 5, 1941 in New York
Released on Decca 3722

Listen here:

http://incoming.jazz-on-line.com/a/mp3c/DEC68783.mp3

 
(c) Roy Rogers (1943)
The song was also interpolated in the motion picture "Song of Texas" (1943) starring Roy Rogers.

http://www.bobnolan-sop.net/Special%20Features/Movie%20of%20the%20Month/Song%20of%20Texas%20(1943%2006%2014)/Song%20of%20TX.htm

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http://www.bobnolan-sop.net/Special%20Features/Movie%20of%20the%20Month/Song%20of%20Texas%20(1943%2006%2014)/Song%20of%20Texas%20audio/07%20Moonlight%20and%20Roses.mp3



(c) Eddy Arnold (1953)
Recorded December 2, 1952 at RCA Victor Studio 1, 155 East 24th St., Manhattan, New York City
Eddy Arnold [vcl], Hank Garland [el gt], George Barnes [el gt], Al Chernet [gt], Roy Wiggins [steel], Charlie Grean [bass], Marty Gold [piano], Eddie Litvin [org]
Released on Victor 5192

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http://grooveshark.com/s/Moonlight+And+Roses+Added+Track/4HK5mq?src=5


(c) Frank Petty Trio (1953)
Released February 1953 on MGM 11431

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(c) Johnny Maddox (1953)
Released March 1953 on Dot 15072

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http://www.discogs.com/Johnny-Maddox-2-And-Rhythmasters-Moonlight-And-Roses-Baby-Face/release/3200091

http://www.crazyotto.com/artists/maddox/Complete%20Johnny%20Maddox%20Discography.pdf

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http://incoming.jazz-on-line.com/a/mp3h/DOTM-1036a.mp3



(c) The Three Suns (1954)

http://www.discogs.com/Three-Suns-Crazy-Legs-Moonlight-And-Roses-Bring-Memries-Of-You/release/2139120

http://www.45cat.com/record/475768

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(c) Victor Young and his Singing Strings (1954)
Recorded June 6, 1954 in Los Angeles.
Released on Decca 29203

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In 1964 it was the title-song of Jim Reeves last LP to be released while he was alive.

Recorded December 21, 1963 at RCA Victor Studio, 1610 Hawkins St. Nashville, TN
Producer Chet Atkins
JIM REEVES: vocal/leader; HAROLD RAY BRADLEY: guitar; VELMA E.WILLIAMS SMITH: guitar; BOB L. MOORE: bass; KENNETH BUTTREY: drums; HARGUS M. "Pig" ROBBINS: piano; HOMER L. "Boots" RANDOLPH: vibes; KARL GARVIN: trumpet; WILLIAM R. McELHINEY: trumpet; BRENTON BOLDEN BANKS: violin; CECIL L. BROWER: violin;
SOLIE ISAAC FOTT: violin; LILLIAN VANN HUNT: violin; DOROTHYANN  DILLARD, ANITA KERR,vocal chorus.

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(c) Bachelors (1964)
On the album "16 Great Songs" (Decca LK 4614)

http://www.discogs.com/Bachelors-16-Great-Songs/release/2161381

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It was successfully revived in 1965 by Vic Damone in a Dolton recording.

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More versions:

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/78_search.php?sq=moonlight+and+roses&sm=tr

http://musiktiteldb.de/Cover/Andantino_~Lema.html




zaterdag 4 oktober 2014

My Black Mama Part 1 (1930) / Milk Cow Blues (1934) / Milkcow's Calf Blues (1937) / Milkcow Blues Boogie (1954)


http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=4175

"Milk Cow Blues" is a very influential blues-song, recorded by Kokomo Arnold in 1934. In the course of time it was covered a lot, sometimes with adapted lyrics and/or music.
But even Kokomo Arnold was influenced by other artists, when he wrote "Milk Cow Blues"


(o) Son House (1930)  ("My Black Mama Part 1")
Recorded in Grafton, Wisconsin, May 28, 1930.
Released on Paramount 13042.

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Son House’s “My Black Mama Part 1” was an important forerunner to Kokomo Arnold’s "Milk Cow Blues" for several reasons. Stylistically, it is performed in a country-blues manner similar to Arnold’s with House’s open-tuned guitar the only foil to his voice.
And lyrically  there are also similarities: Verse 5 from "My Black Mama" was almost literally used by Kokomo Arnold.

Verse 5
Well, you see my milk cow, tell her hurry home
I aint had no milk since that cow been gone,
If you see my milk cow, tell her hurry home,
Yeah, I aint had no milk since that cow been gone.

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=4326

http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858731328/

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And the famous opening-line "All in good morning, I said, blues how do you do", could have been derived from Son House's "Walking Blues", which contained the frase "Good morning blues, blues how do you do"
Son House's "Walking Blues" was recorded on May 28, 1930 in Grafton, Wisconsin. (on the same date as the above mentioned "My Black Mama part I")




One other notable addition to the milk-cow blues tradition leading up to Arnold’s work was recorded by Big Bill Broonzy in New York in 1934. So that's even 6 months before Kokomo Arnold's "Milk Cow Blues"

(o) Big Bill (Broonzy) (1934) 
Recorded March 23, 1934 in Chicago
Released on Bluebird B 5476.

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Verse 1
When I got up this morning, she had ev’ry dime I had,
When I got up this morning, she had ev’ry dime I had,
I said, “That’s all right, milk cow, your daddy understands.”
Verse 2
My milk cow had me fooled, she had t’ have ev’rything sheneed,
My milk cow had me fooled, she had t’ have ev’rything sheneed,
Now, these times they done got hard, baby, she can’t eatburs and weeds.
Verse 3
I haven’t seen my milk cow in three long weeks today,
I haven’t seen my milk cow, mama, three long weeks today,
I haven’t had no rich cream, mama, since my milk cowstrolled away.
Verse 4
Have you seen a big brown cow? She had no horns at all.
Have you seen a big brown cow? She had no horns at all.
You don’t need no chair to milk her, she will back right inyour stall.
Verse 5
If you see my milk cow, please drive her to my door,
Mind, if you see my milk cow, please drive her to my door,
I was really good to my milk cow, I wonder, “Where did mymilk cow go?”

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Kokomo Arnold's recordings of “Milk Cow Blues” though, were most influential on later artists. Arnold recorded no fewer than four different versions of “Milk Cow Blues” within approximately one year. He waxed the first, "Milk Cow Blues", on September 10, 1934, and the second, "Milk Cow Blues No. 2", on January 18, 1935. Arnold cut “Milk Cow Blues Nos. 3 and 4" during the same recording session on September 11, 1935. All four performances feature similar guitar accompaniment figures and tunes but different texts, the common thread being the ongoing theme of a lost milk cow.

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(c) Kokomo Arnold (1934)  (as "Milk Cow Blues")

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(c) Kokomo Arnold (1935) (as "Milk Cow Blues No. 2")

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(c) Kokomo Arnold (1935) (as "Milk Cow Blues No. 3")

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(c) Kokomo Arnold (1935) (as "Milk Cow Blues No. 4")

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Kokomo Arnold's 1st version was subsequently covered by the Birmingham Serenaders ( 1935), Pinewood Tom (=Josh White) (1935), Bumble Bee Slim (1935) and Cliff Bruner (1937)

(c) Birmingham Serenaders (1935)
Probably Clarence Williams (piano and voc)
Accompanied by Ed Allen, Charlie Gaines,Cecil Scott and Floyd Casey.
Recorded February 1, 1935 in New York City
Released on Decca 7060

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Listen here:  Clarence Williams – Milk Cow Blues


(c) Pinewood Tom (=Josh White) (1935) 
Accompanied by Clarence Williams on the piano.
Recorded February 13, 1935 in New York City.

Released on Banner 33361, Conqueror 8479, Oriole 8440, Romeo 5440, Melotone M 13328,

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And Perfect 0316

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(c) Amos (Easton) (better known as Bumble Bee Slim) (1935)
Accompanied by Big Bill Broonzy (guitar) and Horace Malcolm (piano)
Recorded February 27, 1935 in Chicago.
Released on Bluebird B 5880 and Montgomery Ward M 4837

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Listen here: Bumble Bee Slim – Milk Cow Blues



(c) Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers (1937)  (as "Milk Cow Blues")
With vocals by Leo Railey.
Recorded February 5, 1937 in San Antonio, Texas
Released on Decca 5334.

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/5334us

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(c) George Noble (1935)  (as "New Milk Cow Blues")
Credited to Noble, but not particularly a "new" version of "Milk Cow Blues".
Noble sings the 1st verse of Kokomo Arnold's version and then 4 variations of the 4th verse of Kokomo's version.
Recorded February 11, 1935 in Chicago
Released on Vocalion 02905

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(c) Kansas City "Casey" Bill Weldon (1935) (as "What's The Matter With My Milk Cow?")
Recorded March 25, 1935 in Chicago.
Released on Vocalion 03078.

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Weldon recorded his "own" version of "Milk Cow blues" with some new lyrics.

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(c) Robert Johnson (1937)  (as "Milkcow's Calf Blues")
And this was Robert Johnson's re-worked version of "Milk Cow Blues".
Recorded June 20, 1937 in Dallas, Texas
Released on Perfect 7-10-65

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Also released on Vocalion 03665

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And on Conqueror 8944

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Tell me, milk cow, what on earth is wrong with you?
Tell me, milk cow, what on earth is wrong with you?
Well, well, you have a new calf, hoo hoo, and your milk is turnin' blue

Your calf is hungry, and I believe he needs a suck
(spoken: Now, you know that calf done got hungry)
Your calf is hungry, and I believe he needs a suck
Well, now, but the milk is turnin' blue, hoo hoo, and I believe he's outta luck

Now I feel like milkin' and my, cow won't come
I feel like churnin' it and my, milk won't turn
I'm cryin' plea-hease, please, don't do me wrong
You can give-a right milk and butter, now, baby, you-hoo, will stay at home

My milk cow been ramblin', hoo hoo, for miles around
My milk cow been ramblin', hoo hoo, for miles around
She been troublin' some other bull cow, hoo hoo
Lord, in this man's town

http://blueslyrics.tripod.com/lyrics/robert_johnson/milkcows_calf_blues_take_1.htm

Listen here to both takes of the song that Robert Johnson recorded in 1937:




(c) Johnny Lee Wills And His Boys (1941)  (as "Milk Cow Blues")
Recorded April 28, 1941 Sound Recording Studio, Dallas, TX –
Johnny Lee Wills [banjo], Cotton Thompson [vcl/fiddle], Lester "Junior" Barnard [el gt], Harley Huggins [gt], Luther Jay "Luke" Wills [bass], Millard Kelso [piano]
Released on Decca 5985

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Johnny Lee Wills version was a very influential Western version, with 2 new verses.
It starts with verse 4 and 3 (in that order) of the 1934 Kokomo Arnold-version, and than adds the new verses.

Verse 1
Well, I woke up this mornin’ looked outdoors,
I can tell my milk cow, I can tell by the way she lows.
If you see my milk cow, please, drive her on home,
’Cause ain’t had no milk and butter, woo, since my cow’s been gone.

Verse 2
Well, you’ve got to treat me right,day by day,
Get out your little prayer book, get down on your knees and pray,
’Cause you’re gonna need, you’re gonna need my help someday.
Yes, you’re going to be sorry, woo, you treat me this way.

Verse 3
Piano Solo chorus

Verse 4
Well, good evenin’, don’t that sun look good going down?
Well, good evenin’, don’t that sun look good going down?
Now, don’t your bed look lonesome when your lover ain’t around

Verse 5
I’ve tried everything baby to get along with you,
And now I’m going to tell you what I’m gonna do.
I’m going to stop cryin’ and leave you alone.
If you don’t believe I’m leavin’, you can count the days I’m gone.
’Cause you won’t see, you won’t see my sweet face no more.
Yeah, you’ll just be wonderin’, baby, where in this world I’m gone

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Maybe Johnny Lee Wills borrowed this line Now, don’t your bed look lonesome when your lover ain’t around from Freddie Spruell's "Milk Cow Blues" (SEE BOTTOM OF THIS TOPIC)

The Johnny Lee Wills arrangement was subsequently covered by Jack Guthrie (1946),  Bob Wills (1946), Maddox Brothers & Rose (1947), Elvis Presley (1955) and Jimmy Rodgers Snow (1956),                  


(c) Jack Guthrie (1946)
Recorded March 18, 1946 in Hollywood, CA
Finally released on the next album:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/milk-cow-blues-mw0000004327


(c) Bob Wills (1946)  (as "Brain Cloudy Blues")
Recorded September 5, 1946 at CBS Studio (Radio Station KNX), Hollywood, CA
Released on Columbia 37313
Except for the 1st verse, Bob Wills excactly copied his brother Johnny Lee's 1941 arrangement.

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(c) Maddox Bros. and Rose (1947)
Recorded ca. August 1947 Associated Studio, Pasadena, CA –
Maddox Brothers and Rose (Rose Maddox [ld vcl], Henry Maddox [vcl/gt], Jimmy Winkle [ld gt], Cal Maddox [rh gt/harmonica], Cliff Maddox [mandolin], Bud Duncan [steel], Fred Maddox [vcl/bass], Don Maddox [vcl/fiddle]

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(c) Elvis Presley (1955)  (as "Milkcow Blues Boogie")
Recorded at Sun Studios on December 10, 1954.
Scotty Moore on guitar, Bill Black on bass, and Elvis on vocals and guitar.
Released on Sun 215

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http://www.45cat.com/record/215us

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(c) Moon Mullican and the Showboys (1946) ( as "New Milk Cow Blues")
Vocals:  Cotton Thompson, who also handled the vocals on the Johnny Lee Wills version.
Recorded October 1946, Cliff Herring Studio, 1705 W. 7th St., Ft. Worth, TX
This version was also credited to Thompson, because he cleverly re-wrote the lyrics.

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http://www.jazz-on-line.com/a/mp3o/KIN578A.mp3


(c) Ricky Nelson (1960)
Recorded October 26. 1960 at Master Recorders, 533 North Fairfax Ave., Hollywood, CA -
Ricky Nelson [vcl/rh gt], James Burton [gt], Joe Osborn [bass], Richie Frost [drums], Ray Johnson [piano] + vocal chorus) [Richie Frost [percussion] overdubbed on November 11 at United Recording Corp.]
Released on Imperial X5707

http://www.45cat.com/record/5707

Ricky Nelson only used the newly added lyrics from the Johnny Lee Wills version.

Well, I've tried everything to get along with you
Now I'm gonna tell you what I'm gonna do
I'm gonna quit my cryin'
I'm gonna leave you alone
If you don't believe I'm leavin'
You can count the days I'm gone
I'm gonna leave.

You're gonna need your lovin' daddy some day
Aw, when you're gonna be sorry
'Cause you treated me this way

Aw please, don't that sun look good goin' down
Yeah please, don't that sun look good goin' down
Don't that old moon look lonesome when you're baby's not around.

All right.

Well, I've tried everything to get along with you
Now I'm gonna tell you what I'm gonna do
I'm gonna quit my cryin'
I'm gonna leave you alone
If you don't believe I'm leavin'
You can count the days I'm gone
I'm gonna leave.

You're gonna need your lovin' daddy some day
Aw, when you're gonna be sorry
'Cause you treated me this way.

Hey, hey, hey, yeah
Hey, hey, hey, all right
Hey, hey, hey, yeah, all right, ooh...

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The Ricky Nelson arrangement was subsequently covered by

The Kinks (1965),

Listen here: http://grooveshark.com/s/Milk+Cow+Blues/3KEAJS?src=5

Chocolate Watch Band (1968),

Listen here: http://grooveshark.com/s/Milk+Cow+Blues/2u2GrF?src=5

Aerosmith (1977),

Listen here: http://grooveshark.com/s/Milk+Cow+Blues/4GaVpV?src=5

Dead Moon (1990),

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Nashville Pussy (1997),

Listen here: http://grooveshark.com/s/Milk+Cow+Blues/4IUp9b?src=5

Flamin Groovies (1991).


In 1967 The Chocolate Watch Band had already recorded a slightly re-worked version of "Milk Cow Blues" (as "Don't Need Your Lovin"). Listen here: http://grooveshark.com/s/Don+t+Need+Your+Lovin/2u33as?src=5

This version was covered by The Nomads in 1983, who used the "Milkcow Blues" title again.

Listen here: http://grooveshark.com/s/Milkcow+Blues/1LJCYe?src=5


Bob Dylan was certainly familiar with "Milk Cow Blues".
The 1st verse from his 1963 song "Quit your lowdown Ways" was literally taken from the 1934 Kokomo Arnold song.
"Quit your lowdown ways" was an outtake from the "Freewheelin" sessions.
Recorded September 7, 1962 in the Columbia Recording Studio A, New York City.
Released in 1991 on "The Bootleg Series, Vol 1-3 : Rare and Unreleased".

Oh, you can read out your Bible
You can fall down on your knees, pretty mama
And pray to the Lord
But it ain’t gonna do no good
You’re gonna need
You’re gonna need my help someday
Well, if you can’t quit your sinnin’
Please quit your low down ways

http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/milk-cow-blues#us/songs/quit-your-low-down-ways

Listen here: http://grooveshark.com/s/Quit+Your+Lowdown+Ways/3yvhDK?src=5

Another outtake from the "Freewheelin" sessions was titled "Milkcow's Calf Blues", which is kind of an amalgation of the original version by Kokomo Arnold and the Robert Johnson version.
Recorded April 25, 1962 in the Columbia Recording Studio A, New York City.

Listen here: http://grooveshark.com/s/Milkcow+s+Calf+Blues/2YZ6Uk?src=5


(c) Robert Palmer (2003)  (as "Milkcow's Calf Blues")

Released on the album "Drive".



(c) Eric Clapton (2004)  (as "Milkcow's Calf Blues")

Released on his album "Me and Mr Johnson".



(c) Rory Block (2006)  (as "Milkcow's Calf Blues")

Relaesed on her album "The Lady and Mr Johnson".

Listen here: http://grooveshark.com/s/Milkcow+s+Calf+Blues+Album+Version/3JRAfO?src=5



In 1930 Sleepy John Estes recorded a song titled "Milk Cow Blues", which, except for the title, is completely different, in melody and in lyrics.

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=4174


And than there is Papa Freddie's "Milk Cow Blues"(1926), which has a similar title and theme: his "Milk Cow" is gone.
Melodically, Papa Freddie's "Milk Cow Blues" is closely related to "Crowin Rooster Blues" / "Minglewood Blues" / Roll And Tumble Blues".  (SEE:http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2014/09/crowing-rooster-1927-minglewood-blues.html )

"Milk Cow Blues"
Recorded in Chicago on June 25, 1926
Matrix (9793‑A)
Released on Okeh 8422

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Listen to my story, now, please listen to my song
Can't you imagine how I feel, now, have mercy, my real milk cow gone

She's a full-blood Jersey, I'm gon' tell you boys the way I know
Yes, she's a full-blood Jersey, I'm gon' tell you boys the way I know
People just screamin' for my milk cow, I don't care where my Jersey go

I've been on 35th, listen, boys, I've been on 39th
I've been on 35th, listen, boys, I've been on 39th
I rambled the whole South Side o' town tryin' to find this real milk cowr (sic) of mine

She's a full-blood Jersey, I'm gonna tell you boys the way I know
She's a full-blood Jersey, I'm gonna tell you boys the way I know
People just screamin' for my milk cow, I don't care where my milk cow go

Sayin', my bed seem lonesome, my pillow, now it sure won't do
Sayin', my bed seem lonesome, my pillow, babe, it sure won't do
I wakes up hours of midnight, I really had those milk cow blues

SOLO: 4 Bars
Uhh, baby, listen, hoo-hoo-hoo
Can't you look in my face now, brown, and tell I've got those milk cow blues

Listen, Hiiiiii, sugar, listen, hii-hii-hii
Listen, Hiiiiii, sugar, listen, hii-hii-hii
Can't you imagine how I feel now, I done told my real milk cow bye-bye

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If you want to dig deeper in "Milk Cow Blues" here's a case study by Jean Boyd and Patrick Kelly.
It's a 20 page PDF-file which can be opened in the next link:

http://gato-docs.its.txstate.edu/center-for-texas-music-history/journals/volume-12/Vol_12_Milk-Cow-Blues/Vol_12_Milk%20Cow%20Blues.pdf