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She'd work Son Joe over right on the bandstand, right in front of the audience. Bang, bop, boom, bop! - Johnny Shines on Minnie, The Blues Collection #76

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What?! No Kung Fu Christmas from the National Lampoon "Goodbye Pop" LP (Christopher Guest, genius, with several of the early SNL crew).

Down the Dial to Kung Fu Christmas


Here's the whole LP. If you grew up when I did, this spoofs almost every music you grew up with.


And then what about the Kinks' "Father Christmas'?


Wax
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Love her comment too.

9. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” But only this version. This is the treatment the song needed. Forget it, Bruce.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 02:07:13 PM »
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller recorded "Painful Hearted Man" at a session in New York City on April 5, 1938, accompanying himself out of D position in standard tuning. Musically, the song strongly resembles his "Working Man Blues" and has substantially the same accompaniment. Here is "Painful Hearted Man":



INTRO SOLO

Said I was standin' at the station, waitin' on that evening train
I was standing at the station, waitin' on that evening train
Says my head hangin' low, mama, my heart was growing in pain

Says I get my money, and give it to you free
Says I take my money, mama, and give it to you free
I'm gwon tell you this morning, mama, you ain't what you intend to be

Please hurry down, sunshine, see what that morrow brings
Hey, hey, see what that morrow brings
May bring down my woman, ridin' on that southbound train

Mmmm-mmmm, mmmm-mmmm-mmm
Hey, hey, mmmmm-mmmmm-mmm-mmm
May bring down the woman I'm lovin', ridin' on that eastbound train

Yeah, feel like walkin', feel like lyin' down
Said I feel like walkin', mama, feel like lyin' down
You know I feel just like lovin', my rider ain't nowhere around

Yeah, went to the station, I sure didn't see no train
Says I went to the station, mama, I didn't see no train
Say I didn't see the woman I was lovin', no one to call for 'er name

All best,
Johnm 
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Joseph Spence’s version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was ranked at No. 9, knocking Bruce Springsteen’s version out of the rankings:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2018/12/07/100-best-christmas-songs-ranking/

Although the overall intent of the article is tongue in cheek, I think Mr. Spence getting some attention falls under “any publicity is good publicity.”
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 01:38:08 PM »
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller recorded "Black Bottom Blues" at a session in Memphis on July 12, 1939, accompanying himself out of C position in standard tuning. It came in the midst of a session in which he was, for the most part, joined by Sonny Terry and or Bull City Red. I think Fuller's accompaniment here shows a Lonnie Johnson influence, in as much as he plays a C version of Lonnie's signature lick. Here is "Black Bottom Blues":



INTRO SOLO

Say you travel water, mama, I say you travel land
I say you travel water, mama, I say you travel land
Yeah, you can't find nobody to love you, mama, just like the way I can

I say, you must remember, oh Lord, I once been called your friend
Say you must remember, baby, I  once been called your friend
Hey, I believe you'd help me, mama, if you waren't in the shape you's in

I sent for you yesterday, baby, and here you come today
Says I sent for you yesterday, and here you come today
Yeah, mama, if you can't do better, you might as well to shake away

I got a call in Black Bottom, hey, mama, and I got to go
I got a call in Black Bottom, mama, and I got to go
Yeah, I wanta have a little talk, with my gal, so-and-so

CODA

All best,
Johnm

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mary Johnson Lyrics
« Last post by Blues Vintage on Today at 01:16:49 PM »
Thanks for the help.  I never heard that "fiddle that ivory board" before.

I keep "early" instead of "all". It does sound "terrapins". I keep "rat" for now but not I'm not convinced.
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The Back Porch / Re: Ella Speed
« Last post by banjochris on Today at 11:47:53 AM »
Very nice!
Chris
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on Today at 11:41:00 AM »
Since John transcribed "Howling Tom Cat" I thought I'd do the Bluebird version so it's right next to it here on the site. It was recorded March 26, 1934, in San Antonio.

Now don’t you hear me mama, I’m beggin’ at your door,
Says don’t you hear me mama, I’m beggin’ at your door,
Now I’m beggin’ you mama now don’t, treat me this way no more.

Says I’m here beggin’ mama, down on my bended knees,
I’m here beggin’ mama, down on my bended knees,
I’m beggin’ you now mama, don’t treat me this way no more if you please.

Says can’t you hear me mama, rappin’ on your back door,
Says don’t you hear me mama, rappin’ on your back door,
But if I get what I want mama, I won’t rap no more.

SOLO

Now don’t you hear me mama, howlin’ at your door
Says don’t you hear me mama, howlin’ at your door
But if you give me what I want mama, you won't hear me rap no more.

Ahhh listen here mama, treat me in a low-down way,
Say listen here mama, treat me in a low-down way,
But if I get what I want mama, you’ll see me walk away.

I’m at your door howlin’, like an old tom cat (Meow!),
I’m at your door mama, howlin’ like an old tom cat,
But most any man now’ll howl ‘bout somethin’ like that.

CODA
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Hi all,
Here is a wonderful in-performance version of "Rocks And Gravel" by John Jackson. The filming of his picking hand is really instructive. Note how he opens the song doing down-up brush strokes with his index finger of the Lemon Jefferson A lick up the neck. Lots of fantastic thumb lead playing, too. Boy, was he under-rated, he's doing precisely what he's trying to do and just killing it.



All best,
Johnm
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The Back Porch / Re: Ella Speed
« Last post by RichardW on Today at 06:13:04 AM »
Oh that's really sad news. Thanks for letting me know. I had corresponded with him via e-mail when I signed up for his course and had actually e-mailed him when I put that clip up to let him hear how I was progressing.  :(
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