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Author Topic: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher  (Read 361 times)

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Offline mderning

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Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« on: July 03, 2019, 04:25:24 PM »
I'm including this song on an upcoming CD and haven't been able to locate the publisher. Any ideas where to look?

Thanks,

Michael

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Re: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2019, 04:32:12 PM »
LoC? Just guessing.

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Re: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2019, 04:49:01 PM »
LoC? Just guessing.

Don't see it there

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Re: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2019, 05:01:54 PM »
I've seen an alternate title of "King Edward's Blues", might be worth a shot.

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Re: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2019, 05:47:11 PM »
"King Edward blues" is the 1940 LoC title. cf. the LoC card:

https://www.loc.gov/resource/afc9999005.12072.0

--But maybe not. "blues" is in lower case with a line through it. Genre indication, perhaps?? And later added to the title?

"Baby, It Must Be Love," is the title given to his 1956 recording.

n.b Ragtime Dorian Henry's YT upload of his own 78:



He has the 78, so he might know:

https://ragtimedorianhenry.com/

BTW, Roy Book Binder recorded it under both titles.

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Re: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2019, 01:08:25 AM »
I can't remember who by but it was a popular song in the 1930s featured by some of the big white swing bands. It's not a McTell original.

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Re: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2019, 04:33:25 PM »
I can't remember who by but it was a popular song in the 1930s featured by some of the big white swing bands. It's not a McTell original.

Yeah, thanks, I can see that now.

Michael

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Re: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2019, 09:30:47 PM »
I can't remember who by but it was a popular song in the 1930s featured by some of the big white swing bands. It's not a McTell original.

Baby and It Must Be Love performed by Bob Howard & His Orchestra written by Aletha Dickerson/Hill
Publisher: UNIVERSAL-MCA MUSIC PUBLIS OBO UNIVERSAL

Thanks again,

Michael

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Re: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2019, 01:14:41 AM »
Bob Howard was a Fats Wallerish performer who apparently, had a New York TV series in the late 40s/early 50s.

Ironically, like McTell he had a single issued by Atlantic in their very early days. Dickerson and Hill were hokum performers.

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Re: Blind Willie McTell 'Baby It Must Be Love' Publisher
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2019, 01:40:30 PM »
Someone has posted the Bob Howard version on YouTube. The lyrics are a little different from McTell's in a couple of places notably, he sings "Is this love or heart disease?" where McTell sings "Is my lover hard to please?" and "Made that man give up his crown" instead of "Made King Edward give up his crown."



And according to Discogs, that's Teddy Bunn on guitar!

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