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Now some people don't understand. They think a blues player has to be worried, troubled to sing the blues. That's wrong. I'll put it this way; there's a doctor, he has medicine. He's never, sick, he ain't sick, but he has stuff for the sick people. So the blues player, he ain't worried and bothered, but he's got something for the worried people. Doctor . . . you can see his medicine, you can see his patient. Blues . . . you can't see the music you can't see the patient because it's soul. So I works on the soul, and the doctor works on the body - Roosevelt Sykes, spoken on Smithsonian/Folkways Classic Blues anthology

Author Topic: "I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?  (Read 928 times)

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Offline Suzy T

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"I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?
« on: May 30, 2015, 08:53:47 PM »
The song "I Ain't Gonna Marry" which Maria Muldaur has been singing for at least 50 years -- what is the source for that tune?  Maria and Jim Kweskin say it was learned from a 78 of a female singer.  So, not the Alabama Sheiks, and not Brantley & Williams' "Cat's Got the Measles, Dog's Got the Whooping Cough" (their version is killer!!).  It's not Ida Cox's Lawdy Blues.  Anyone know??

Offline Suzy T

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Re: "I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2015, 08:55:38 PM »
And, NOT the Viola mcCoy recording.

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Re: "I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2015, 10:20:24 PM »
... me I would have thought the Viola McCoy version (Brunswick 2591-A) to have been the first

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Re: "I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2015, 11:08:24 PM »
It might be the first, but the similarity to the song that Maria Muldaur sings is in the title only:



here's Muldaur's:



which is melodically much closer the the Alabama Sheiks Lawdy Lawdy Blues:


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Re: "I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2015, 11:52:03 PM »
It's definitely not the Viola McCoy.  I thought Alabama Sheiks, but Jim Kweskin insists that he heard (this would be about 50 years ago or more) a recording of a female classic blues singer doing the song. 

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Re: "I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2015, 06:46:53 AM »
An definitely not the Ida Cox song, either, as you pointed out:



Maybe that melody was sung with a different set of lyrics under a totally unrelated title.

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Re: "I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2015, 06:55:36 AM »
Hmmm....  a total longshot:


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Re: "I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2015, 12:53:15 PM »
I found it.  Blind Man Blues by Sara Martin.  Title must be a complete mistake as there's nothing at all about Blind Men in the song.  Sidney Bechet!!

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