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Author Topic: Doc Watson - Blind Boy Fuller  (Read 1624 times)

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Offline dave stott

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Doc Watson - Blind Boy Fuller
« on: November 19, 2006, 07:48:06 AM »
Hi all,

just picked up a nifty CD by Doc Watson, titled "Trouble in Mind", the Doc Watson Country Blues collection 1964-1998

One song (actually all of them are very good in their own way) jumps out at me...

My Little Woman, You're so sweet....

The liner notes states that Doc learned it from his father,who learned it off of a Blind Boy Fuller 78RPM record..

I have been digging through my BBF collection and have found no indication of this tune...

Do any of you BBF experts know anything about this BBF tune and where it may have recorded?


Dave

Offline Pan

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Re: Doc Watson - Blind Boy Fuller
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2006, 08:03:49 AM »
Hi Dave

According to the sleeve notes of my Columbia CD "The Essential Recordings of"... Blind Boy Fuller recorded "Little Woman You're So Sweet" in March 5th or 6th, 1940 in New York.

According to Stephan Grossman's "Ragtime Blues Guitarists" (Oak 1970) it's also been published in the Folkways fg 3585 vinyl LP.

Hope this helps.

Yours

Pan

Edited to add: I'm definitely not a BBF expert, but rushed to answer anyway :P

« Last Edit: November 19, 2006, 08:09:52 AM by Pan »

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Doc Watson - Blind Boy Fuller
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2006, 09:10:01 AM »
According to Stephan Grossman's "Ragtime Blues Guitarists" (Oak 1970) it's also been published in the Folkways fg 3585 vinyl LP.
Which was the first vinyl reissue of the song in 1957 being on the compilation The Blind Willie Johnson Story. The first side containing Sam Charters interviewing Angeline Johnson, Elder Dave Ross and Adam Booker about Johnson and the second containing four BWJ numbers along with Jefferson (Matchbox), Blind Willie [McT] & Partner (Good Little Thing) and Fuller. On page 6 of the booklet he justifies the inclusion by saying "...like Blind Willie Johnson they were wanderers, singing in the streets to an audience they could only hear."

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Re: Doc Watson - Blind Boy Fuller
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2006, 09:53:47 AM »
Hi all,
"Little Woman, You're so Sweet" has also turned up recently on the new JSP set, "Blind Boy Fuller, Volume 2", discussed on the JSP set thread.
All best,
Johnm

Offline banjochris

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Re: Doc Watson - Blind Boy Fuller
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2006, 10:49:19 AM »
And Blind Boy Fuller got the song from Josh White, who recorded it (as "So Sweet So Sweet") in 1932.
Chris

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Re: Doc Watson - Blind Boy Fuller
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2006, 12:20:30 PM »
Hi;

This seems to be a very popular song for Fuller as I have found several copies on 78rpm over the years. I remember John Jackson playing this song in open E tuning; Blind Boy Fuller was one of his heroes. It is a very simple piece which I learned to play in open D from from listening to the 78 which I found about 20 years ago.

RB

 


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