ROVING GAMBLER, THE

Latest update on 22/03/2018

Artist: Kelly Harrell
Author: traditional
Label: Victor
Year: 1925

According to Carl Sandburg a song with English broadside roots (as The Journeyman or The Roving Journeyman). In 1917 Cecil Sharp heard a version by Mrs Townsley and Mrs Wilson in Pineville, KY, John A. Lomax one by cowboy band The Utah Buckaroos in Salt Lake City.

Covers:

1925:

Vernon Dalhart [under alias Al Craver for Columbia]

1929:

Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers [with Riley Puckett and Clayton McMichem]

1930:

Carson Robison

1936:

Sons Of The Pioneers

1944:

Woody Guthrie [as Gambling Man; even part of his lyrics match; shelved until '97]

1950:

Terry Gilkyson

1955:

Burl Ives

1956:

Tennessee Ernie Ford

1956:

Stanley Brothers

1957:

Lonnie Donegan [n°1 UK as Gambling Man, covering Woody]

1958:

Everly Brothers

1958:

New Lost City Ramblers

1959:

Hank Thompson

1960:

Brothers Four [as I Am A Roving Gambler]

1960:

Country Gentlemen

1961:

Slim Dusty

1961:

Frankie Laine

1962:

Andy Griffith [in film A Face In The Crowd]

1962:

Cliff Richard & The Shadows

1963:

George Hamilton IV

1963:

New Christy Minstrels

1964:

Jim Reeves

1965:

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

1965:

Hedy West [as Gambling Man]

1966:

Simon & Garfunkel [outtake Sound Of Silence]

1969:

Kingston Trio

1969:

Jerry Reed

1975:

Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie

1978:

Marty Robbins

1982:

Peter Rowan

1993:

Peter Case

1997:

Bob Dylan [live; crediting Bob Flick (Brothers Four)]

2013:

John Cohen & The Down Hill Strugglers [in film Inside Llewyn Davis]

2013:

Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones

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