IF IT WASN'T FOR DICKIE

Latest update on 06/12/2012

Artist: Lead Belly
Author: Huddie Ledbetter
Label: Library of Congress/Rounder
Year: 1937

Reissued on a bonus cd with a Weavers compilation on Omega records: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.

Covers:

1951:

Weavers [as Kisses Sweeter Than Wine; title by Pete Seeger, the rest of the lyrics by Lee Hayes]

1957:

Frankie Vaughan [idem]

1957:

Jimmie Rodgers [idem; n°3 US; not to be confused with the eponymous Father of Country Music]

1958:

Marlène Dietrich

1959:

Hugues Aufray [as Ses baisers me grisaient; lyrics: Boris Vian]

1964:

Ray Conniff

1965:

Nana Mouskouri [idem]

1965:

New Christy Minstrels

1965:

Chris Barber

1966:

Peter, Paul & Mary

1967:

Andy Williams

1980:

Waylon Jennings

1991:

Bongwater

1998:

Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt [all as Kisses Sweeter Than Wine]

2008:

Jefferson Starship

Based upon the Irish melody Droimeann Donu Dílis about a cow (allegorical for Ireland); became Poor Drimmer (or Drimmer's Cow) in America, where Lead Belly changed the rhythm and The Weavers did the rest.

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