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This Thread Contains All the Great Blues Songs (1 Viewer)

ZenoRazon

Footballguy
Where did Pink Floyd get that name?

PINK Anderson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBxUXNsI17w

FLOYD Council

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9SivL7ebg4

Anderson first recorded 4 songs back in 1927, then....poof.  But, was rediscovered that above song during that time.

I can see knowing about Anderson,  he was somebody in the music, but Floyd Council was not, so how they knew about him?

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This is considered to be the first blues on record, the 1920 "Crazy Blues" by Mamie Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlttlljMBKQ

Remember the movie "Black Snake Moan" ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3yd-c91ww8

Story goes his driver left him in the back seat of the car on a cold cold Chicago night, was going to be right back, well, he never did come back, so Blind Lemon froze to death sitting in that back seat. He was the first male "STAR" of them blues.

This is where The Rolling Stones got their name.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5RwNit_HUw

Alan Lomax who worked for the Library of Congress came to Mississippi in 1941 looking for Robert Johnson, didn't know he had been killed in 1937 (life before the internet) but was told about a guy over at the Stovall Plantation  would could really play them blues.  So when this big car pulls up looking for Mckinley Morganfield, Muddy ran and hid, he was running illegal moonshine, thought it was the cops.

Anyway, it ended up with him being recorded right there on his front porch, these recordings are a must have for anyone into them blues,

 
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ZenoRazon

Footballguy
This is my fav post war blues, it's done by the great Texas (Blind Lemon also) bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, in my opinion it gets no better than this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJjtzwoSH30

Speaking of Texas.

SRV made "Texas Flood" famous, but he got the tune off Houstons Larry Davis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLd_ik4Qqqo

Still in Texas with The Black Ace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2NYLnWFfog

Can;t be in Texas and not play some Blind Willie Johnson , this is a blues Masterpiece,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4QJ32uHcW4

Eric Clapton has called Johnson the greatest slide guitarist ever, while that's debatable he would be in the discussion.

 
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Otay...I got some more low hangin' fruit, that needs to be here - so - I'll take the easy shots first:

Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy (Audio)

I remember this song from my pre-teen years - b4 I even really knew what the blues were. We used to make up our own lyrics to this and sing. (Don't worry - I won't do that here.)

EDIT: Upon listening, I heard ... "well - well - well" - which is an RL Burnside catch phrase. Anyone know if there was an influence here (either direction), or was that phrase a common blues one?

Slim Harpo I'm a King Bee

Another song I knew from b4 I really knew blues.

I learned from deese guys ---------------> Jake & Elwood

 
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I could do this all day. And in a perfect world I would. But life and responsibilities and such. So for now, I'll leave you with a little more Furry.

Hope this thread catches on. I'll definitely be posting more later.
Gotta say, this is my fav so far. 

Furry don't play guitar - he is guitar - elbows and all! 

 
Dang, right after I awarded Furry the Fav - you post this. Sweet!

My user name & avatar declare me an O Brother maniac, but I like this version better.

Plus, it reminds me of another that belongs here. It's Country blues, but I think that should qualify.

Ralph Stanley - O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000) Soundtrack - O death

The above is good - I really like it, but - here is somethin' a little deeper:

Dock Boggs - Country Blues Oh Death

They both have their qualities - so - I ain't choosin' a fav.

 

wikkidpissah

Footballguy
for my Mary, who actually beat up a guy - a real 5'10ish regular male human - in a bar for laughing at her assertion that Patsy Cline was not a country but a blues singer.

 
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Apple Jack

Footballguy
Dang, right after I awarded Furry the Fav - you post this. Sweet!

My user name & avatar declare me an O Brother maniac, but I like this version better.

Plus, it reminds me of another that belongs here. It's Country blues, but I think that should qualify.

Ralph Stanley - O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000) Soundtrack - O death

The above is good - I really like it, but - here is somethin' a little deeper:

Dock Boggs - Country Blues Oh Death

They both have their qualities - so - I ain't choosin' a fav.
Speaking of O brother, T Bone Burnett just did Marc Maron's podcast. It's a fascinating listen. If I heard him correctly, somebody brought him to look at their recently deceased father's collection and he said there were new photos of Robert Johnson.

 
Speaking of O brother, T Bone Burnett just did Marc Maron's podcast. It's a fascinating listen. If I heard him correctly, somebody brought him to look at their recently deceased father's collection and he said there were new photos of Robert Johnson.
😱 💥

Will keep an eye out for em - thnx.

 

ZenoRazon

Footballguy
Sleepy John Estes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU9kntOj22Q

He was from the Brownsvillie region of Tennessee, he had a few buddies in Hammie Nixon harmonica, Yank Rachell mandolin and piano man Jab Jones who recorded with him.

Memphis Minnie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhis33IOXN0

She along with her first husband Kansas Joe McCoy  recorded the original...Levee Breaks...that Zeppelin made famous. She was actually from Louisiana.

Geechie Wiley is one of those shadow characters in them blues,  nothing is really known about her and she only had a three record output and that is terrible. Here we have a genuine talent here and this song is considered to be the ultimate female blues tune, it will be found on every  Essential/Definitive.Best of Blues CD;s out there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3rup_1f7bE

Here we have what is considered to be the strangest mystery in them blues.

Freezone Indian Squaw Blues.

The guy only recorded that one song and nobody remembers recording him and what really was his name, and ...one song?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBY8HcIHDDk

This is the rarest of all blues records, there is only one copy in existence.  This was one of those Black Patti records a short lived record company that only  recorded a small amount of records before going under so anyone with a Black Pattie record....$$$$$$$$$.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtzEqmL2IlU

rip off

Black Patti Records was a short-lived record label in Chicago founded by Mayo Williams in 1927. It was named after the black opera singer Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, who was called Black Patti because some thought she resembled the Italian opera singer Adelina Patti.

Parent company: The Chicago Record Compa...

Founded: 1927

Genre: Jazz, blues, sermons, spirituals, vaude...

Defunct: 1927

 
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ZenoRazon

Footballguy
When it comes to them blues we have the famous like Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, BB King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hoker etc.  Then there are the obscure, only known by freaks/geeks like myself.

All the below recorded but one record.

Rude Lacy....his Mississippi Jailhouse Groan a classic

Henry Spaulding...his Cairo a later listen

Bobby Grant....his Nappy Head Blues a must listen

Bo Jones....as primitive as it gets

Lane Hardin

John D. Fox

Alfred Lewis....incredible harmonica man

Mississippi Moaner

Jim Thompkins

Kansas City Strummers

Willie Brown.....a legend with but one record, he was a member of the Charley Patton group.

Kid Bailey

There are some more but I;m now having to think too hard.

Not wanting to get all bogged down with once upon a time.

The latest Robin Trower, I just heard it on BB Bluesville on TV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-qyAf21xps

 
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Johnny Winters “Be Careful With a Fool”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tyg5SJDpiQ

IMO this is the best guitar playing I have ever heard, bar none. 
I was gonna get around to Johnny - but ya beat me to it, Tim - very nice.

However, I can never bring myself to use the word "best" in regards to music - maybe on my deathbed - if St. Peter is askin' or summin'...but until then, I'll not use that word.

But, I suspect I am bein' a pedant here.

Thnx. 👍

 

ZenoRazon

Footballguy
While the first male bluesman to make any impact on the genre was from Louisiana in Papa Charley Jackson a banjo player, we don't find many blues cats out of there, more about jazz. But........we do have this stone classic,  a bonafide blues masterpiece. 

Richard "Rabbit" Brown won't be found in any talk of blues legends or greats, but, you can;t go far before this song is mentioned when it comes to greatest blues ever put on record.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKHkG0GxA0E

 

timschochet

Footballguy
I was gonna get around to Johnny - but ya beat me to it, Tim - very nice.

However, I can never bring myself to use the word "best" in regards to music - maybe on my deathbed - if St. Peter is askin' or summin'...but until then, I'll not use that word.

But, I suspect I am bein' a pedant here.

Thnx. 👍
If you’re discussing Johnny Winter’s guitar skills  after you’re dead, I suspect St. Peter isn’t going to be there. 

 

ZenoRazon

Footballguy
The strange case of Sonny Boy Williamson.

In the late 30's John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson begin to record, he was out of Tennessee and a fantastic harmonica player,  here is his classic which might be the most covered of all blues songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj293l5w2MU

That is not John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson in the picture, that is a guy named Alex Miller who was also a great harmonica man (Arkansas) who simply called himself Sonny Boy Williamson, being he was a GREAT performer he somehow made it work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x098NnTwUE

From Wikipedia

Sonny Boy Williamson II

Alex or Aleck Miller (né Ford, possibly December 5, 1912[3] – May 24, 1965),[4] known later in his career as Sonny Boy Williamson, was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter.[2] He was an early and influential blues harp stylist who recorded successfully in the 1950s and 1960s. Miller used various names, including Rice Miller and Little Boy Blue, before calling himself Sonny Boy Williamson, which was also the name of a popular Chicago blues singer and harmonica player. To distinguish the two, Miller has been referred to as Sonny Boy Williamson II.

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John Lee was stabbed to death (Ice pick) while walking home from a Chicago gig, apparently he crawled to his door step, died right there.

 
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ZenoRazon

Footballguy
I almost posted one of Chuck's tunes...the rest are added to my study list. ✌️
Get that book.

I own 12 big books on them blues, and still come across a....who?...once in awhile.

A student of them blues would want to do it by decade, and the regions inside that decade. Texas blues the 20's, and so on.

 
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ZenoRazon

Footballguy
In my opinion the best kept secret in all of music, the remarkable Darby & Tarlton, these two cats were as good it can get, but for some reason they don't get the props they should.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSqzqWGWqFE

The great Emmett Miller who started in the minstrel shows working in blackface, made a huge impact on what came later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otNICva63mQ

Hank Williams did a great cover.

Frank Hutchison the first white blues singer of any merit. This is a genuine classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jguvUHepISU

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys covering a Mississippi Sheiks classic, another much covered blues tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sS5jSbV0Vg

 
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