DOWN HEARTED BLUES

Latest update on 09/06/2012

Artist: Alberta Hunter
Author: Alberta Hunter
Label: Paramount
Year: 1922

Covers:

1923:

Bessie Smith [her debut recording with Storyville vet Clarence Williams on piano; a blues hit dwarfing Mamie Smith's Crazy Blues (see also: Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out)]

1923:

Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake [top 20 US]

1923:

Fletcher Henderson

1923:

New Orleans Jazz Band

1931:

Cab Calloway

1937:

Teddy Grace [early white cover]

1963:

Ella Fitzgerald

2008:

Barbara Hendrickx

Clarence Williams who owned the publishing, tied Bessie to Columbia with him as her manager for 50% of her revenue. Once she realized the consequences, her boyfriend managed to fix a better deal at gunpoint. There are more stories like that in music business, alas. Other recordings by Mildred Bailey, Cab Calloway, Bob Wills and Benny Goodman. Not to be confused with Son House's Down Hearted Blues, covered by Rory Block.

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