I GOT THE BLUES FOR YOU

Latest update on 28/12/2009

Artist: Al Collins
Author: Al Collins
Label: Ace
Year: 1955

No relation with Texas blues gitarist Albert Collins. B-side of Shuckin' Stuff, the very first release on Johnny Vincent's Ace label. With Eddie Bo on piano! Reissued on The R&B Hits, a collection of hard to find Ace jems.

Covers:

1956:

Eddie Bo [as I'm Wise, recorded at Cosimo Matassa's place, where Little Richard used to hang around]

1956:

Little Richard [as Slippin' And Slidin'; imitating Eddie Bo's I'm Wise]

1959:

Brenda Lee [as Let's Jump The Broomstick, her sort of Slippin' And Slidin'; hit UK]

1961:

Wanda Jackson [as Slippin' And Slidin']

1965:

Everly Brothers [idem]

1974:

John Lennon [idem]

1993:

Lynn August [idem]

1994:

Saffire [as Baby I'm Wise]

1999:

Carl Sonny Leyland [as I'm Wise]

Little Richard learned Slippin' And Slidin' watching Eddie Bo's I'm Wise, while Bo got his wisdom playing piano on the original (although the rhythm changed a bit between I Got The Blues For You and I'm Wise). The lyrics were rather smutty ('Baby with the big box, tell me where your legs stop...'), unfit for radio. Both derivatives were cleaner and charted: I'm Wise in New Orleans where it became the 1956 Mardi Gras hit, Little Richard's everywhere else. Al, who served time in Angola, wrote that other Little Richard smash Lucille.

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