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Author Topic: Great One-Chord Songs  (Read 15641 times)

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Offline RobBob

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #45 on: May 04, 2015, 05:19:36 AM »
The late great Willie King fits the bill with his great Terrorized here in an acoustic version.


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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #46 on: May 06, 2015, 01:41:36 AM »
I may get attacked on this but I've never been a big fan of one-chord songs. There often repetitive and seem to drag a little. Especially J L Hookers boogies.

A four-word rebuttal: Robert Petway, Catfish Blues

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #47 on: May 06, 2015, 06:04:08 PM »
Jesus On The Mainline by Fred McDowell is a great one chord song. I don't know if we're counting slide songs in open tuning because there sure are a tone that are one chorders haha or only hint at other chords. I was just playing Jesus On The Mainline today and thought of this thread.

Edit: I went back and read Johnm's first post again and he mentioned Nappy Head Blues by Bobby Grant which is a one chord slide song so I guess slide tunes are fair game.
« Last Edit: May 06, 2015, 06:08:12 PM by EddieD »

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #48 on: May 06, 2015, 06:18:17 PM »
Jesus On The Mainline by Fred McDowell is a great one chord song.

Don't most of McDowell's songs fall into the "one chord" bucket? Except the ones with TWO chords, I mean...  the one he plays over and the one he sings over... :)

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #49 on: May 06, 2015, 06:21:22 PM »
Lattie Murrell - I Got A Gal 'cross The Bottom (it's titled "When A Gal Cross The Bottom" on the record I have, though):


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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #50 on: May 07, 2015, 06:36:37 AM »
Don't most of McDowell's songs fall into the "one chord" bucket? Except the ones with TWO chords, I mean...  the one he plays over and the one he sings over... :)

hahaha Thats why I wasnt sure If I should bother with a one chord slide tune. Fred McDowell and many others entire discography could be listed for the most part.  ;)

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #51 on: August 10, 2016, 06:13:59 AM »
Hi all,
Uncle Dave Macon's "I've Got the Mourning Blues" falls in this category, with a really nice guitar part in Vestapol by Sam McGee.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #52 on: September 16, 2016, 09:54:07 PM »
I was revisiting Elvie/L.V. Thomas and Geeshie Wiley's "Come Over To My House" this evening, and it sounds like it fits this category. It's got that one descending line that keeps the E in the bass throughout.

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #53 on: September 19, 2016, 11:38:13 AM »
Hi all,
Rev. Edward Clayborn never played any chord changes in his recorded performances, nor did Sister O. M. Terrell in hers.
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Johnm
« Last Edit: September 19, 2016, 11:47:33 AM by Johnm »

Offline alyoung

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #54 on: September 20, 2016, 02:29:33 AM »
Clayborn didn't play the changes, but he sang 'em, and his top-string playing implied them. He just didn't bother about the other five strings.

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #55 on: January 25, 2017, 04:14:53 PM »
John Hurt's "Payday," and probably other versions, too.

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #56 on: January 27, 2017, 05:45:21 AM »
     If I remember correctly, I Henry Thomas's rendition of "John Henry" is one chord (along with other of his songs, I'm sure). The guitar is likely a simple strum on a D chord with a capo on the 7th fret to make it in A -- while of course accompanying the simple guitar part with his serene vocals and quills!
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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #57 on: March 21, 2017, 09:47:15 AM »
Hi all,
Mattie Delaney played her "Down The Big Road Blues" as a one-chord number.
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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #58 on: March 21, 2017, 03:26:05 PM »
I believe that Mance Liscomb's rendition of "Run, Sinner, Run" belongs on this list.

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Re: Great One-Chord Songs
« Reply #59 on: March 21, 2017, 03:41:05 PM »
And Charlie Patton's "Mean Black Cat" as well, don't think we've mentioned that one.

 


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