JAIL HOUSE BLUES

Latest update on 12/01/2016

Artist: Whistler & His Jug Band
Author: traditional
Label: Gennett
Year: 1924

Real name: Buford Threlkeld. Neither Robert Wilkins' Jail House Blues, nor Sleepy John Estes' or Bessie Smith's. This is the Jail House Blues Jimmie Rodgers cut as In The Jailhouse Now.

Covers:

1927:

Jim Jackson [as In The Jailhouse Now]

1927:

Blind Blake & Gus Cannon [idem]

1927:

Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band [as She's In The Graveyard Now]

1928:

Jimmie Rodgers [as He's In The Jailhouse Now, follow up of Blue Yodel #1; probablyh learned it from black performers during his medicine show days]

1929:

Frankie Marvin [as In The Jailhouse Now]

1930:

Bill Bruner [idem]

1930:

Memphis Sheiks [alias The Memphis Jug Band]

1932:

Jack Hylton

1953:

Joe Liggins [melody in Whiskey, Women & Loaded Dice]

1954:

Sticks McGhee [idem]

1955:

Webb Pierce [n°1 C&W; Jimmie Rodgers imitator]

1962:

Johnny Cash

1965:

Sir Douglas Quintet

1967:

Ernest Tubb

1971:

Roy Book Binder [as In The Jailhouse Now]

1977:

Sonny James

1978:

Guy Clark

1982:

Willie Nelson & Webb Pierce

1994:

Suzy Bogguss & Chet Atkins

1997:

Steve Earle [on tribute cd The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers - all as In The Jailhouse Now]

2000:

Soggy Bottom Boys ft. Tim Blake Nelson [in film O Brother, Where Art Thou]

2001:

Dale Watson

2008:

Little Pink Anderson

Ernest Rogers, a white journalist from Atlanta, claimed he sang the song on radio in 1922. According to double cd Good For What Ails You - Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926-1937, the song was introduced in 1919 by black vaudeville team Marshall & Davis as He's In The Jailhouse Now.

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