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Offline Prof Scratchy

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Re: Kokomo Arnold
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2015, 03:49:52 AM »

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As someone mentioned, Sam Mitchell recorded a lovely (though much toned down) version of "Paddlin' Madeline Blues."  I have not heard Roger Hubbard's "Busy Bootin'" (for my money, some of Arnold's most accessible playing if one is interested in trying ones hand--pun intended, sorry), but would like to if it's available.  I can't think of anyone else who has recorded any of Arnold's songs or in his style.

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Re: Kokomo Arnold
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2015, 09:20:05 AM »

          I STILL am blown away by what J.B. Long said, that BBF's recording of "Step It Up & Go" sold over 500,000 copies and was a true cross-over. Not bad for a Black artist in 1940-41, I'd say! Orange County's Jamie Alston did not get the song from Fuller who lived close by in Durham, but picked it up from a White string band cover! Doc Watson got it from therecord, though.


No doubt it was a good seller, but half a million must have been a huge exaggeration.

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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2015, 08:01:58 PM »
Gil -

          Nope. J. B. Long was a solid and honest business man all his life and did not exaggerate - he was amazed, too! Long was also receiving royalties as co-composer on many Fuller records. And don't jump to the usual knee-jerk conclusions - he actually wrote or re-wrote many of BBF's tunes, and he came up with the idea for "Step..." as a similar piece to "Bottle Up & Go" that might be a hit. It was a major cross-over one and a remarkable sales figure for a Black artist in 1940. Read Bruce Bastin's excellent book RED RIVER BLUES, or CRYING FOR THE CAROLINES for discussion of this number. EVERY musician of a certain age that I met in the SE in the 70s knew that song... it was as impossible to avoid as "John Henry"!

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Re: Kokomo Arnold
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2015, 12:23:26 PM »
i read he might have been married to memphis minnie. she put 99 stitches up his yas yas yas

Offline ArthurBlake

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Re: Kokomo Arnold
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2015, 06:54:43 AM »
Al -

          You left out Blind Boy Fuller as one denigrated by us White folks back in more recent times and who was a cross-over seller back in his day! He sold "too many" records and was therefor considered suspect by the collectors who valued the rare over the successful! A warped state of affairs that still haunts us,

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Only an idiot would denigrate Blind Boy Fuller in my opinion. There is a lot of great stuff from very rare artists like Gene Campbell, King Solomon Hill etc. but Fuller recorded many songs I would call great. I still remember the first time I heard an album of his tunes and my thoughts at the time was....... Hallelujah how have I missed out on this guy for so long. In fact the first time I even heard the name was in the Ralph Macchio move, "Crossroads" ( a movie I loved with a passion btw ). He is one of my all time favourites.
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