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LoneWolf

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"broke and hungry, ragged and dirty too"
« on: May 21, 2007, 11:58:14 AM »
Was Lemon the first one who recorded a song that contained this line?

Offline Prof Scratchy

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Re: "broke and hungry, ragged and dirty too"
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2007, 12:56:08 PM »
Didn't Sleepy John Estes have quite an early version?

Offline banjochris

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Re: "broke and hungry, ragged and dirty too"
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2007, 01:51:03 PM »
I'm pretty sure Lemon's was '26 and Sleepy John's was in '27. Don't know if Lemon was the first tho.
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Re: "broke and hungry, ragged and dirty too"
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2007, 05:14:03 PM »
I don't know who said it first, but when you say that line to me, I think WILLIE BROWN.

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Re: "broke and hungry, ragged and dirty too"
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2007, 06:02:19 PM »
Uh, that'd be WILLIAM Brown, recorded by Alan Lomax and John Work as late as '42, and he was definitely covering the Jab Jones piano and Yank Rachel mando accompaniment of the earlier Sleepy John version. And doin' a fine job of it, needless to say.

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« Last Edit: May 21, 2007, 06:03:34 PM by waxwing »
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