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Author Topic: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider  (Read 1037 times)

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Offline Prof Scratchy

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SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« on: February 24, 2017, 02:53:12 AM »
SOTM February 2017 

CC Rider/ Easy Rider/ See See Rider

The SOTM for February has numerous titles. It was first recorded as ‘See See Rider’ by Ma Rainey in New York on 16 October 1924. She was accompanied by her Georgia Jazz Band featuring Louis Armstrong on cornet, Charlie Green on trombone, and Buster Bailey on clarinet. The intro lasts almost a minute, so be patient!




The origin of the song title formed the basis of conjecture in this WC thread started in 2006. How time flies! I wonder if any of the original participants ever got the answer?

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=2806.0

In 1934, Big Bill Broonzy recorded an up tempo version, entitled ‘C.C. Rider’, with piano and violin accompaniment. According to Goodrich and Dixon the pianist on this Chicago session is unknown, and they conjecture that Big Bill was the violinist on the track. Certainly the vocals and the violin are kept separate. I wasn’t aware that Big Bill played the violin, and I don’t think their are other recorded instances of his violin playing. Anyone else know otherwise?



Three months after the Big Bill version was recorded, in January 1935, Leadbelly recorded the first of his versions of ‘See See Rider’ in New York City. This is the first version of this song I heard in about 1964, and it remains a favourite. Leadbelly seems to have played the melody out of full blown chords under his slide, and his accompaniment features a driving bass.



Leadbelly was adept at song recycling. In June 1940, again in New York City, he recorded this version of ‘Easy Rider’.



Staying in New York, our next version, and one which proved to be a popular hit of the day, is by none other than Muriel Nicholls. Muriel Who? Clearly, that’s what her agent thought, and changed her name to Wee Bea Booze. Here she is with possibly Sam Price on piano, her own (inaudible to me) tenor guitar, and unknown and unsung heroes on double bass and drums. This track is from 1942.



In  1949, Josh White was featured in a Randolph Scott western entitled ‘The Walking Hills’. He’d been acting a fair amount on Broadway and managed to grab a decent amount of screen time in the movie, the full version of which is available on You Tube. Here’s the extract with his version of CC Rider.



As we progress into the 1950s, we find Big Bill again, now recording replete with surname (as opposed to on all his pre-war  waxings). Studs Terkel interviewed and recorded Big Bill in November 1956, when this version of See See Rider was performed. Incidentally, the discographies also list this title as ‘C.C. Rider’.




In 1957, C.C. Rider was once again a popular hit, sung by Chuck Willis.




Moving to New Orleans in the late 1950s, we encounter another of my all time favourite versions of the song, recorded by Harry Oster in either February of March 1958, here’s Snooks Eaglin with his version of See See Rider. The vocals are rich, with a slight touch of echo and the occasional falsetto. The cheap Harmony archtop guitar provides the ideal accompaniment.



Then, one year later, it’s off to Texas to catch a fine performance of See See Rider by Lightnin’ Hopkins. The open vocal salvo is worth the entrance fee!



As we move into the nineteen-sixties, we encounter the Mississippi John Hurt in live performance at the height of the ‘folk blues revival’. Here is his take on C.C. Rider.



Another live performance from the mid to late sixties was captured on Pete Seeger’s Rainbow Quest TV programme. It’s Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee with their version of ‘Easy Rider’. Sonny's lyrics reveal indebtedness to Leadbelly, with the tag line 'Hey, hey, hey, hey'.



And yet another live performance, from Lonnie Johnson recorded in Europe during one of the Folk Blues festivals that toured during the sixties.



Another live performance now, this time from 1972, by Mance Lipscomb. The performance starts at 6:36.

https://youtu.be/L4HpwvJjalM?t=6m36s

A piano version up next, recorded by Blind John Davis.



Moving into the 1980s, here’s another track from the American Folk Blues Festival recordings. It’s Lonnie Pitchford.



By now I find myself needing an antidote to the jazzier versions of the song, so I’m thankful to Pan, who originally posted this version by LC Ulmer in the ‘Interesting Country Blues related video clips’ thread a while back.



Finally, it’s worth noting that CC Rider/Easy Rider/See See Rider has, over the years, been a major   ‘cross-over’ hit for many white artists who’ve covered it, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and The Grateful Dead, to name just a few.
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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2017, 09:10:56 AM »
Found in my collection, here's John Jackson's recording of it from 1999:



... Robert Lockwood, 12 string, year 2000:



... and Blind Connie Williams:

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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2017, 09:14:20 AM »
Thanks so much, Prof, for your Song of the Month selection, and for putting together such a thorough opening post.  It would be pretty tough to sing the song as well as Ma Rainey did, let alone better.  I always thought Snooks Eaglin did beautiful soulful singing on his rendition.  I've got some listening to look forward too, getting caught up on several of the versions which are new to me.  I hope folks will post their own versions, too.  I'd like to hear you do one on your 12-string.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2017, 09:36:09 AM »
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2017, 07:23:04 AM »
I love Babe Stovall's various recordings of this one:



and a very relaxed (and slightly dirty) version by Jelly Roll Morton from his LoC recordings:




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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2017, 10:32:31 AM »
Thanks Prof. Scratchy. I remember a great version by Joe Beard but it's not on YouTube.

Edited to add; It's on YouTube but unavailable for europeans. 

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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2017, 10:55:41 AM »
There are Easy Rider songs out there that have a completely different melody, i.e. a circle of fifths ragtime progression and not 12 bars. Are they in the scope of this thread? I'm thinking Sam & Kirk McGee, Scott Dunbar etc

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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2017, 02:52:15 PM »
There are indeed other Easy Rider songs (Blind Lemon, for example), but they are different songs altogether, so I didn't include them.  Some great additional posts here! Keep them coming!


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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2017, 04:02:02 PM »
Hi all,
I thought I'd post  a version of "C C Rider" that I just came up with.   I hope other folks will post their own versions, too.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2017, 01:24:39 AM »
Great version John. Has more chords in it than I know! Here's a 12 string attempt. Gets going towards the end, after a bit of a lame start.
https://soundcloud.com/aj0347/cc-rider

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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2017, 06:11:14 AM »
Thanks for the good words, Prof, and that is a beautiful version you did.  I knew you had one in you!  Thanks for posting it.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2017, 05:56:06 PM »
Enjoying these thanks for the topic, I had not really listened to the song very much so its an introduction to it for me and also a reacquaintance with Babe Stoval, whose version is my favorite. Also enjoyed the ones from John and Miller and Professor Scratchy, thought provoking both.

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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2017, 08:11:53 AM »
Great Johnm & Professor, you inspired me to give it a shot,,always loved this tune...




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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2017, 08:43:27 AM »
Great time, Phil!  That is a rocking version.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: SOTM February 2017 CC Rider
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2017, 10:19:50 AM »
Grand version, Mr O'Muck! Thanks for posting. Who else has got one?


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