DUPREE BLUES

Latest update on 25/04/2010

Artist: Blind Andy Jenkins
Author: Andy Jenkins
Label: Okeh
Year: 1925

Atlanta ballad, composed by a white paperboy/evangelist, while based on true facts: Frank Dupree was a murderer who was hanged in Atlanta in 1922.

Covers:

1925:

Vernon Dalhart

1930:

Blind Willie Walker [blind South Carolina guitarist; ex Greenville String Band, just like Blind Gary Davis]

1930:

Kingfish Bill Tomlin

1930:

Buddy Moss

1934:

Cow Cow Davenport

1935:

Georgia White

1936:

Walter Roberts [as Dupree]

1937:

Count Basie

1937:

Woody Herman

1944:

Josh White [who toured with Willie Walker during the twenties]

1946:

Blind Sonny Terry [as Betty & Dupree]

1955:

Brownie McGhee [idem]

1957:

Billy Lee Riley [idem]

1957:

Chuck Willis [idem; pop version lacking the slightest referrence to the crime (compare with Lloyd Price's Stagger Lee)]

1959:

Dave Van Ronk [idem; with lyrics true to the facts]

1960:

Shelton Dunaway & Cookie's Cupcakes

1962:

Baby Tate

1966:

Larry Johnson

1966:

Muddy Waters

1970:

Nyles Jones [as DePritt & Betty]

1971:

Piano Red

1982:

Big Joe Duskin

1991:

Guitar Gabriel [as Betty & DePritt]

1998:

Taj Mahal [as Betty & Dupree]

2008:

Little Pink Anderson

Songs about enamoured boys stealing jewelry for their girls and paying for it in prison are universal. See also: Allentown Jail/Les Prisons Du Roi.

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