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Category: blues

Friday, May 18th

basement jukebox

Pat Hare, “I’m Gonna Murder My Baby,” 1954

 

Saturday, April 28th

basement jukebox

Little Junior Parker, “Driving Wheel” (R. Sykes), 1961

 

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Here’s the original recording.

Roosevelt Sykes, “Driving Wheel Blues,” 1936

 

Tuesday, April 10th

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Help Me” (S. Williamson, W. Dixon, R. Bass), 1963

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, March 6th

timeless

Tommy Johnson (1896-1956), “Cool Drink of Water Blues,” 1928

 

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Wednesday, February 7th

old school

Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980), “Goodbye Slim Harpo,” 1971

 

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Slim Harpo (AKA James Isaac Moore, 1924-1970), The Best of Slim Harpo, 1983*

 

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*01 – Baby Scratch My Back (1965); 02 – I Got Love If You Want It (1957); 03 – I’m A King Bee (1957); 04 – Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King) (1964); 05 – Shake Your Hips (1966); 06 – Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu (1968); 07 – Buzz Me Babe (1960); 08 – Buzzin’ (1963); 09 – Rainin’ In My Heart (1961); 10 – Still Rainin’ In My Heart (1964); 11 – Late Last Night (1960); 12 – Tip On In, Part 1 (1967); 13 – Bobby Sox Baby (1961); 14 – Don’t Start Cryin’ Now (1961); 15 – I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis) (1964); 16 – Strange Love (1958); 17 – Rock Me Baby (1976); 18 – Blues Hang-Over (1960).

Monday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959

 

Friday, October 27th

basement jukebox

J.B. Lenoir, “Mama Talk To Your Daughter,” 1955

 

If I had a time machine, I’d travel back to 1954—the year they recorded this in Chicago—and I’d step into the studio, unobtrusively, just as they’re about to begin.

Tuesday, October 17th

sounds of Seattle

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, live, Seattle, 2017

 

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lagniappe

art beat

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Pine and Henry Streets, New York, 1936

Monday, October 2nd

Skip James (1902-1969), “Devil Got My Woman,” 1931

 

Sometimes I think this song defines the limits of what is humanly possible. Sometimes I think it exceeds them.

—Michael Robbins, Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music (2017)

Thursday, May 18th

more 

Hound Dog Taylor (1915-1975) & the Houserockers (Brewer Phillips guitar; Ted Harvey, drums), “Sadie,” 1974

 

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lagniappe

reading table

one man, one fly
one large
sitting room

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

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