ALCOHOLIC BLUES, THE

Latest update on 22/05/2014

Artist: Billy Murray
Author: Albert Von Tilzer/Edward Laska
Label: Columbia
Year: 1919

Prohibition song. Top 5 US. Also for Victor and Paramount.

Covers:

1919:

Emerson Military Band

1919:

Irving Kaufman

1927:

DeFord Bailey

1948:

Lead Belly [during his Last Sessions; erroneously named Willsboro Cotton Mill Blues]

1948:

Pete Seeger [as The Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, crediting Lead Belly/traditional/Jim Garland (see: I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister); Jim was a songwriter and union man from east Kentucky, halfbrother of Aunt Molly Jackson (see: I Am A Union Woman) who became a Greenwich Village folk scene regular; B-side of The Death Of Harry Simms, a Jim Garland original]

1957:

Bobby Hackett

1964:

Chris Hillman [as Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues]

1975:

Peter Yarrow [idem]

1983:

Rent Party Revellers

1986:

Doc Watson & Taj Mahal [als Winsborough Cotton Mill Blues]

The Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues lyrics set to the Alcoholic Blues melody were first collected in 1939 by William Wolff in the School for Southern Women Workers. Winnsboro is a place in South Carolina.

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