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Books and Articles / Re: Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson
« Last post by DerZauberer on July 12, 2019, 03:55:04 AM »
The authors definitely want(ed) to get things right and factually correct, and to anyone who is in the Facebook "Real Blues Forum" group can read their replies and corrections. So while there may have been oversights, they were at least not intentional. And I would agree that this is the "best" and "most complete" and "most factual" resource we now have!

Errata as per Facebook group:

1) The photo of Johnny Shines on page 169 needs to be attributed to Lew Campbell instead of Christopher Smith

2) On page six it says that "more than 50 million copies were sold in the United States alone." This was a misreading of it selling "500,000 copies in the first year alone." According to Larry Cohn, the record's producer, it has sold between 2 and 3 million copies.

3) On page 5 it says "...that same year (1989) Rolling Stone magazine published the first photo of Robert." The actual year was 1986.

4) Also on page 5 it says "In 1991 Sony music released a two-CD set..." The actual release was in 1990. Cohn won his Grammy for the recording in 1991, but the CD came out in 1990.

5) Although Larry Hoffman's work is cited in the footnotes, he somehow got left out of the Bibliography. So, on page 283 under Articles, after Hammond, John and before House, Eddie James "Son", it should say
Hoffman , Larry. "Robert Lockwod, Jr." Rollin' and Tumblin': The Postwar Blues Guitarists,ed. Jaz Obrecht, (2000): 165-167
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SOTM - Song Of The Month / Re: July, 2019 Song of the Month: "Pony Blues"
« Last post by alyoung on July 12, 2019, 02:52:35 AM »


From the pristine sound of it I find it unlikely it was the 1941 version but maybe it was.

Yep, September 11, 1941. By the late 1930s-early 40s, recording technology had advanced to the point where there's little difference between a 1938 recording and a 1958 (or later) recording if the older one is in good condition. For a good illustration of this, have a listen to the issues on the Australian label Swaggie of Sleepy John Estes and Lonnie Johnson, taken from Decca masters. Coulda been done yesterday.
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SOTM - Song Of The Month / Re: July, 2019 Song of the Month: "Pony Blues"
« Last post by Rivers on July 11, 2019, 07:31:49 PM »
Still working on which of the three Son House versions I'm aware of that I like the best.

While I figure it out here's Arthur Crudup's version, supposedly from 1941 for Bluebird, which, imho, has some truly great lyrics, for example "I curled her mane, I put streamline shoes on her feet". Love the voice and guitar playing. Joe McCoy credited on "imb", some kind of bass instrument:



From the pristine sound of it I find it unlikely it was the 1941 version but maybe it was.
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Books and Articles / Re: Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson
« Last post by Rivers on July 11, 2019, 06:24:44 PM »
Wax - right on.

So anyway we now have a new, improved, fulcrum for leveraging discussions around RJ. The details presented in the book, where they deviate from reality, are relatively minor and can be ironed-out over more time and I'm sure they will be.

While not wishing to diminish the authorial- and editorial errors what's way more important is to get far, far away from the previous understanding of him and his music, which was clearly, to many of us, arrant claptrap. Devil at the crossroads, yeah right! >:D
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 11, 2019, 10:43:24 AM »
Hi all,
For "It's A Funny Little Thing", a sort of Hokum chorus blues, Barbecue Bob accompanied himself out of G position in standard tuning.  He utilized this accompaniment for a good number of his songs which differed only in the lyrics.  Here is "It's A Funny Little Thing":



INTRO

I got somethin' ain't got no name, everybody sees it, says it's funny little thing 
REFRAIN: Ah, it's a funny little thing, ah, it's funny little thing
Oh, everybody teases it, tells me it's a funny little thing

Come on and get it, you don't have to stay, don't find 'em like this 'un every day
REFRAIN: It's a funny little thing, ah, it's funny little thing
Oh, everybody get it, they tell me it's a funny little thing

It'll make you sigh, make you cry, you may get sick but you won't die
REFRAIN: It's a funny little thing, ah, it's funny little thing
Oh, everybody get it, they tell me it's funny little thing

I give it to the gal, other day, she's knockin' on my door, 'fore my wife get away
REFRAIN: Ah, it's a funny little thing, ah, it's funny little thing
Oh, everybody get it, they tell me it's a good little thing

It ain't no liquid, just a little herbs, the doctor use for broke-down nerves
REFRAIN: It's a funny little thing, ah, it's funny little thing
Oh, everybody get it, they tell me it's a good little thing

You don't have to hurry, you don't have to go, but you get a little of this, you'll want some more of
REFRAIN: This funny little thing, ah, it's funny little thing
Oh, everybody sees it, tells me it's a funny little thing

I've got it right here, in my hand, come on girls, tell your other man
REFRAIN: It's a funny little thing, ah, it's a funny little thing
Everybody get it, they tell me it's funny little thing

Honey, come on, get it, and don't get mad, soon as you get it, you'll soon be glad
REFRAIN: It's a funny little thing, ah, it's funny little thing
Everybody tells me, honey, it's a funny little thing

It'll make you weep, make you moan, 'cause a lot of mens to lose their home
REFRAIN: It's a funny little thing, ah, it's funny little thing
Oh, everybody get it, they tell me it's a good little thing

All best,
Johnm
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Johnny Temple Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 10, 2019, 03:59:04 PM »
Got it, Harry, thanks.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Johnny Temple Lyrics
« Last post by harry on July 10, 2019, 03:53:40 PM »
Every Dog Must Have His Day

3.1 After uh when I was down, none of these women come around
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lightnin' Hopkins Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 10, 2019, 03:49:48 PM »
Thanks for the catches, Harry.  That's what happens when you enter in haste.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Joe Dean Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 10, 2019, 03:45:33 PM »
Sure enough, Harry, thanks for the catch.  I'll make the change.
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