I'M GOING TO MEMPHIS

Latest update on 19/01/2011

Artist: Memphis Slim
Author: traditional
Label: Ryko
Year: 1946

One stanza during the Blues In The Mississippi Night session, where Memphis Slim along with Big Bill Broonzy and Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee) made frank confessions about working and living conditions for blacks in the Delta, revealing where the blues really came from in front of Alan Lomax's unforgiving radio microphone. Explosive stuff.

Covers:

1947:

Percy Wilson & group [on Lomax series Prison Songs; recorded in the Mississippi State Pen in Parchman]

1959:

Johnny Cash [as Going To Memphis, like all of his prison songs performed from the underdog perspective]

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