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Latest update on 21/01/2014

Artist: Bessie Smith
Author: Bessie Smith
Label: Columbia
Year: 1927

With James P. Johnson on piano. Won a contest for best song about the 1927 flood disaster in the Mississippi Delta. Although the winning song already existed, recorded two months before the levee at Mounds Landing gave way. She probably wrote it after the flooding of Nashville on Christmas day 1926. Nashville's on the Cumberland river, still her $500 reward was partly spent on the 1927 Mississippi victims.

Covers:

1929:

Monarch Jazz Quartet [as What's The Matter Now]

1939:

Albert Ammons

1943:

James P. Johnson

1944:

Josh White

1948:

Lead Belly

1956:

Dinah Washington

1957:

Big Bill Broonzy [during an interview session one year before his death]

1959:

Dave Van Ronk

1960:

Lonnie Johnson

1963:

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

1964:

Alex Harvey

1966:

Jo Ann Kelly

1969:

Colosseum

1994:

Long John Baldry

2005:

Irma Thomas [op Our New Orleans - A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast]

2007:

James Blood Ulmer

2008:

B.B. King [crediting Lonnie Johnson]

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