LI'L LIZA JANE

Latest update on 18/04/2014

Artist: Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band
Author: Countess Ada de Lachau
Label: Victor
Year: 1917

Fiddle favorite credited to a real countess? Probably this is an alias for a vaudeville songwriter. Already used as 'incidental music' in the 1916 comedy Come Out Of The Kitchen with Ruth Chatterton.

Covers:

1918:

Harry C. Brown

1924:

Uncle Am Stuart [as Old Liza Jane at the age of 73, so who knows how long he knew and played it; he'd witnessed the American Civil War]

1925:

Riley Puckett [oldest folk type Liza Jane for Columbia]

1925:

Henry Whitter

1926:

Tom Watson [alias for Riley Puckett on Silvertone]

1927:

Al Bernard

1928:

Tenneva Ramblers [as Miss Lisa, Poor Gal]

1928:

Carter Brothers & Sam [Sam is Sam Chatmon]

1934:

Wilson 'Stavin Chain' Jones, Octave Amos & Charles Gobert [Lomax recording]

1937:

Harry Roy

1938:

Jelly Roll Morton [on guitar]

1941:

Bob Wills [as Goodbye Liza Jane]

1941:

Almanac Singers

1944:

Kid Ory

1947:

Homer & Jethro

1950:

Tommy Dorsey

1950:

Oscar 'Papa' Celestin

1955:

Smiley Lewis

1956:

Huey Piano Smith

1956:

Dale Hawkins

1959:

Fats Domino

1960:

Nina Simone

1961:

Duane & The Rebels

1962:

Lee Dorsey

1962:

Pete Seeger

1964:

Davy Jones & The Kingbees [as Liza Jane; David Bowie's first single]

1969:

NRBQ

1970:

Scott Dunbar

1972:

Dr. John

1975:

Chris Barber

1982:

Neville Brothers

1992:

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

1993:

Kermit Ruffins

1994:

Roland

1995:

Chubby Wise

1997:

New Orleans Nightcrawlers [as Funky Liza]

2000:

Hot Club Of Cowtown

2008:

Otis Taylor

2011:

Martin Simpson

Tune already popular in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Mississippi in the early 1900s. Song historian Sigmund Spaeth cites an anonymous version from 1871, arranged by Eddie Fox. Li'l Liza Jane is also a theme song for the Rotary Social Club. See also: Run, Molly, Run.

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