Careless Love, Josh White (W.C. Handy, Martha E. Koenig and Spencer Williams), 1944

Original recording:  Josh White (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded by Asch Records im 1944

Lyrics:

Love, oh love, oh careless love,
You’ve fly though my head like wine
You’ve wrecked the life
Of many a poor girl
And you nearly spoiled this life of mine

Love, oh love, oh careless love,
In your clutches of desire
You’ve made me break a many true vow
Then you set my very soul on fire

Love, oh love, oh careless love,
All my happiness bereft
Cause you’ve filled my heart with weary old blues
Now I’m walkin’ talkin’ to myself

Love, oh love, oh careless love,
Trusted you now it’s too late
You’ve made me throw my old friend down
That’s why I sing this song of hate

 

Love, oh love, oh careless love,
Night and day I weep and moan
You brought the wrong man into this life of mine
For my sins till judgement I’ll atone 

Baby Please Don’t Go, Big Bill Broonzy  (Traditional), 1952

If you haven’t heard this version, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Broonzy performs it in a more languid manner but with a early blues song which is beautiful to hear.

Big Bill Broonzy (Guitar and Vocals)

Other covers; Muddy Waters, The Animals, Lightnin’ Hopkins, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Big Joe Williams, John Lee Hooker, Bill Wyman, Paul Butterfield, The Doors, Mississippi Fred McDowell, The Tragically Hip

Lyrics: 

Baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go, down to New Orleans
You know I love you so

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
I get you way’d out here, and let you walk alone

Turn your lamp down low
Turn your lamp down low
Turn your lamp down low
I beg you all night long, baby, please don’t go

You brought me way down here
You brought me way down here
You brought me way down here
’bout to Rolling Forks, you treat me like a dog

Baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go, back the New Orleans
I beg you all night long

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
I get you way’d out here, and let you walk alone

You know your man down gone
You know your man down gone
You know your man down gone
To the country farm, with all the shackles on

Spann’s Blues, Otis Spann (Otis Spann), 1967

Original recording:  Otis Spann (Piano and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for the Beat Goes On Label 1967


 

Hubert Sumlin passed away on Dec 4/2011. He was a long term member of Howlin’ Wolf’s Band and played on classics like “Smokestack Lightning. Here’s something to remember him by.

 


 

Maxwell Street Medley, Robert Nighthawk

Original recording: Robert Nighthawk (Guitar and Vocals)

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Slowdown, Paul Butterfield (Cobb), 1981

Original recording:  Paul Butterfield (Harmonica and Vocals), Dr. John (Keyboards), Levon Helm (Drums) and David Sanborn (Saxaphone)

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Recording information:

Recorded for the Rhino Label, released in 1981


 

Something’s Got A Hold On Me, Etta James (Kirkland, James, Woods), 1962

Original recording:  Etta James (Vocals)

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Recording information:  Recorded for Argo Records in 1962.

Other covers

Christine Aguilera and others

Lyrics:

Sometimes I get a good feeling
I get a feeling that I never, never had before
And I got to tell you right now
I believe, I really do believe that

Something’s got a hold on me
(Oh, it must be love)
Something’s got a hold on me right now child
(Yeah, it must be love)

Let me tell you now
I never felt like this before
Something’s got a hold on me that won’t let go
I believe I’d die if I only could
I sure feel strange, but I sure feel good
I said, Oh yeah
It must be love
(You know it must be love)

Let me tell you now
Something’s got a hold on me
(Oh, it must be love)
Something’s got a hold on me right now child
(Yeah, it must be love)

Let me tell you now
I got a feeling, I feel so strange
Everything about me seems to have changed
Step by step, I got a brand new walk
I even sound sweeter when I talk
I said, Oh yeah
It must be love
(You know it must be love)

Let me tell you now
My heart feels heavy, my feet feel light
I shake all over, but I feel alright
I never felt like this before
Something’s got a hold on me that won’t let go
I never thought it could happen to me
My heart was heavy when in misery
I never thought it could be this way
Love’s sure gonna put a hurting on me

I said Oh yeah
It must be love
(You know it must be love)
Yeah he walks like love
(Yeah he walks like love)
And he talks like love
(And he talks like love)
Makes me feel alright
(Makes me feel alright)
In the middle of the night
(In the middle of the night)
Na na na na

Country Blues, Johnny Shines (Johnny Shines)

Original recording: Johnny Shines (Guitar), Richard Baker (Guitar), Don Audet (harmonica) and Bob Derkash (Bass)

 


 

 

 

 

 

Other covers

Muddy Waters and others


 

Down Home Blues, Z.Z. Hill  (George Jackson), 1982

Original recording: Z.Z. Hill (Vocals)

 


Recording information
: Often called the most famous blues song of the 80s, it was recorded at Malaco Records in 1982. 

 

 

 

Other covers

Ernestine Anderson, Gene Harris, James CottonEtta James 

Lyrics:

She said “Your party’s jumpin’ and ev’rybody’s havin’ a
good time
Now you know what’s goin’ through my mind
Do you mind if I get comfortable and kick of these
shoes
While you’re fixin’ me a drink
Play me some o’ them down home blues”

She say “I don’t get out much on the town
And you know I done cut out a lot of that runnin’
around
All week long I’ve been keepin’ my cool
But tonight I’m gonna let my hair down
And get down with these down home blues”

Down home blues (down home blues)
Down home blues (down home blues)
All she wanted to hear was some down home blues
All night long, ev’ry other record or two
She said “Take off those fast records
And let me hear some down home blues”

She say “You know my ol’ man is gonna wanna fight
He calls ev’ry hour I’ll be gettin in tonight
But I don’t care, tonight I’m gonna do as I choose
I’m gonna lay my head back
And party off these down home blues”

Down home blues (down home blues)
Down home blues (down home blues)
All she wanted to hear was these down home blues
All night long, ev’ry other record or two
She said “I’m gonna lay my head back
And party off these down home blues”

Down home blues (down home blues)
Down home blues (down home blues)
All she wanted to hear was those down home blues
All night long, ev’ry other record or two
She said “I’m gonna lay my head back
And party off these down home blues”

Down home blues (down home blues)
Down home blues (down home blues)
All see wanted to hear was those down home blues
All night long, ev’ry other record or two
She said “I’m gonna lay my head back
And party off these down home blues”

Down home blues (down home blues)
Down home blues (down home blues)
All she wanted to hear was these down home blues
All night long, ev’ry other record or two……

Cold Blooded Murder, Bumble Bee Slim 

Original recording:  Bumble Bee Slim (Vocals)

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 Recorded: Vocalion

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