AIN'T IT A PITY AND A SHAME

Latest update on 12/07/2020

Artist: Peetie Wheatstraw
Author: Peetie Wheatstraw
Label: Vocalion
Year: 1930

Later also as King Of Spades ('35). See also: I'm A Steady Rollin' Man and Terraplane Blues.

Covers:

1937:

Robert Johnson [as Little Queen Of Spades]

1977:

Robert Jr. Lockwood [idem]

1992:

John Mooney [idem]

2000:

Peter Green & Nigel Watson [idem]

2004:

Eric Clapton [idem]

Robert Johnson's songbook has been praised as the Graal of the Blues, while he's been influenced like everyone else. Robert came from Mississippi, Peetie from St. Louis, a place a lot more upstream. St. Louis was a major stop north of Memphis for emigrating blues musicians from the South. Only when St. Louis got saturated, Chicago took over as an even bigger music magnet. The blues boom in St. Louis came a lot earlier; some of these musicians peaked prior to Robert Johnson's first recordings. Peetie was nicknamed The Devil's Son in Law, kinfolk of the guy Robert sold his soul to! (see: Cross Road Blues)

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