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Author Topic: "I Ain't Gonna Marry" - source?  (Read 857 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??

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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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