LOST JOHN

Latest update on 08/05/2010

Artist: Burnett & Rutherford
Author: traditional
Label: Columbia
Year: 1926

About an escaped prisoner with a master trick: "Long John made a special pair of shoes. Just as good a shoes as was ever were worn. Had heels in front and heels behind. You couldn't tell whichaway Lost John gwine". Reissued on Document. They also cut an early Cumberland Gap, which was also covered by Lonnie Donegan. There's an older instrumental harmonica version by Oliver Sims, also for Columbia. In 1920 W.C. Handy worked this theme out in vaudeville blues Long Gone John/Lost John Dean From Bowling Green, telling the story of an escaped bankrobber from the Bowling Green prison. They let him go to test some new bloodhounds, and while you don't trick these monsters with double heeled shoes, this John was gone for good, straight into legend. See also Paul Oliver's Songsters & Saints - p. 68)

Covers:

1928:

Papa Charlie Jackson [as Long Gone Lost John; reissued on Songsters & Saints Vol. 2 (Matchbox); gets credits for the lyrics]

1928:

Bascom Lamar Lunsford [as Lost John Dean]

1928:

Jim Jackson [as Long Gone]

1928:

DeFord Bailey

1933:

Lightnin' & group [Lomax recording on the Barrington State Prison Farm in Texas, reissued on Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues]

1934:

Allen Brothers [as Long Gone From Bowling Green]

1939:

Rev. Mose Flapp [John & Ruby Lomax recording]

1947:

Merle Travis [on his album Folk Songs Of The Hills]

1949:

Woody Guthrie [In Performance in Newark, N.J.]

1950:

Uncle Dave Macon [as Long John Green]

1953:

Frankie Lee Sims [as I'm Long Long Gone for Specialty]

1954:

Louis Armstrong [as Long Gone From Bowling Green]

1956:

Lonnie Donegan [n°2 UK]

1958:

Alan Lomax [as Long John with Alexis Korner on guitar]

1959:

Lightnin' Hopkins [as Long Gone Like A Turkey Through The Corn]

1960s:

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

1961:

Roy Acuff [as Lost John He's Gone]

1962:

Hank Thompson

1964:

Sonny Terry

1968:

New Lost City Ramblers

1970:

John Lennon [as Long Lost John on his Anthology]

1970:

Doc Watson

1971:

Rev. Gary Davis

1972:

Leo Kottke

1979:

Rockets [as Long Long Gone]

1991:

Jeffrey Lee Pierce [idem]

1992:

Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers

1998:

Van Morrison-Lonnie Donegan-Chris Barber

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