BABY PLEASE DON'T GO

Latest update on 20/12/2016

Artist: Big Joe Williams
Author: Mary Johnson
Label: Bluebird
Year: 1935

With his Washboard Blues Singers. Also cut it as Don't Leave Me Here. Melodically related to Elder Greene's In Town and I'm Alabama Bound. In '41 Big Joe recorded it again for Bluebird and in '47 for Columbia with Sonny Boy Williamson and Ransom Knowling. The latter version inspired most of the covers. In an interview Big Joe Williams credited Mary 'Signifying' Johnson as the author. This singer born in 1900, once married to Lonnie Johnson, recorded a Baby Will You Please Come Home and a Baby Please Don't Leave Home No More. More female variations on Baby Please Don't Go: Vera Hall's Another Man Done Gone ('40) where she mourns her prison bound lover, and I Gotta Man In New Orleans, sang by Josephine Parker in the Mississippi State Prison Farm in Parchman in '36. Uncontrolled evidence of an earlier existence with Papa Harvey Hull & Long Clive Reed in the twenties. (see also Stack O Lee Blues and Another Man Done Gone). Joe Williams probably picked up this worksong while serving time in a 'county farm' , just like the main character in Another Man Done Gone.

Covers:

1940:

Big Three Trio [as I'm Gonna Walk Your Leg]

1948:

Lightnin' Hopkins

1949:

John Lee Hooker

1952:

Big Bill Broonzy

1953:

Muddy Waters

1953:

Rose Mitchell

1957:

Billy Lee Riley

1957:

Jo Ann Henderson

1959:

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

1960:

Mose Allison [version Georgie Fame knew, and through him Van Morrison and Them]

1961:

Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon [as Baby Please Come Home]

1963:

Bukka White

1964:

Tom Rush

1964:

Georgie Fame

1964:

Them [with Peter Bardens (organ) and Jimmy Page (guitar); top 10 UK]

1964:

Beacon Street Union [16+ minute version]

1965:

John Hammond

1965:

Eric Andersen

1966:

Doors [London Fog tapes]

1967:

Cuby & The Blizzards

1967:

Amboy Dukes

1970:

Al Kooper [9 minute version]

1972:

Paul Butterfield

1973:

Gary Glitter

1973:

Budgie

1975:

AC/DC

1978:

Thin Lizzy

1985:

Willie & The Poor Boys [vocal: Chris Rea]

1986:

Cowboy Junkies

1990:

John Mooney

1992:

Ramon Pipin [als Bébé, arrache-toi]

1993:

Dr. Brown

1996:

W.C. Spencer

1997:

1999:

Ben Andrews

1999:

Blues Band

2001:

Harry Manx

2004:

Aerosmith

2004:

Tragically Hip

2005:

Leslie West

2016:

Fiona Boyes

Also by Clifton Chenier, Rory Gallagher, MC5, Rod Piazza, Sonny Landreth, Watermelon Slim, Vince Gill, Web Wilder, John Mellencamp, Jesse Mae Hemphil and Bob Dylan. Baby, Please Don't Go by The Orioles ('52 - Jubilee) is another song. It inspired James Brown's first hit Please Please Please.

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