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So I asked him to play "Trav'lin' All Alone." That came closer than anything to the way I felt. And some part of it must have come across. The whole joint quieted down. If someone had dropped a pin, it would have sounded like a bomb. When I finished, everybody in the joint was crying in their beer, and I picked thirty-eight bucks up off the floor - Billie Holiday, 1915-1959

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Offline Brennan

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You Don't Love Me
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:36:44 AM »
I am trying to trace the origins of "You Don't Love Me" which is credited to Willie Cobbs.

While it is pretty widely believed that Willie borrowed the riff for You Don't Love Me from Bo Diddley's She's Fine, She's Mine, the melody and lyrics are less clear. 

Clarence Edwards recorded You Don't Love Me (without the Bo Diddley beat) for Dr. Harry Oster, released on Country Negro Jam Sessions.

I believe that the Clarence Edwards recording occurred prior to the Willie Cobbs session, but I have been struggling to pin down exact dates for both.  Dates for the Harry Oster / Clarence Edwards session seem to be 1960 and for the Willie Cobbs session seem to be either 1960 or 1961, but the ambiguity allows for overlap (and therefore the possibility that Edwards learned teh song from the Cobbs record.)

Does anyone know the exact recording and/or release dates of these two records?

Or, more interesting, does anyone know of any evidence that You Don't Love Me was sung as a folk/country blues song BEFORE the recordings by Cobbs and Edwards?
Brennan Carley

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Re: You Don't Love Me
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2016, 06:21:14 PM »
Hi Brennan,
Didn't you ask this question before?  It's already been answered, at least as far as the recording date of the Clarence Edwards recording version goes:  October 27,1959.
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Re: You Don't Love Me
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2016, 04:38:15 AM »
John, I don't think that I did, although it's possible!  Do you have a source/reference for the October, 1959 date?  Thanks so much!
Brennan Carley

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Re: You Don't Love Me
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2016, 08:54:17 AM »
Hi Brennan,
If you go to the "Country Negro Jam Session" thread, at:  http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=782.msg98629#msg98629 , you'll find your original posting of the query.  Follow the thread to its end and you'll get the original recording date and the source of the information.
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Re: You Don't Love Me
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2016, 11:55:17 AM »
Thanks!
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