MULE LAID DOWN AND DIED

Latest update on 17/03/2016

Artist: Kokomo Arnold
Author: trad./Yank Rachell
Label: Decca
Year: 1935

Covers:

1935:

Casey Bill Weldon [as Long Eared Mule]

1938:

Yank Rachell [as Katy Fly]

1952:

Big Joe Wiliams & his 9 String Guitar [B-side of Bad Heart Blues as She Left Me A Mule]

1966:

Billy Boy Arnold [as Baby Left Me A Mule To Ride]

1967:

Steve Mann [with Taj Mahal, harmonica and vocal as She Caught The Katy; the "Katy" was the name of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway, also the name of two paddle steamboats on the Mississippi: the Kate Adams transporting cotton and the Big Katy Allen, linking Memphis with New Orleans]

1968:

Taj Mahal [as She Caught The Katy (And Left Me A Mule To Ride)]

1971:

Albert King [idem]

1972:

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells [as My Baby She Left Me (She Left Me A Mule To Ride), crediting Sonny Boy Williamson]

1972:

Youngbloods [as She Caught The Katy]

1977:

Sonny Landreth [as She Left Me A Mule, crediting Sonny Boy Williamson]

1980:

Blues Brothers [as She Caught The Katy]

1992:

Marc Lelangue [idem]

1994:

Psychedelic Guitar Circus [idem]

Often credited to Yank Rachell, although his Katy Fly ('38) didn't feature a mule. Nevertheless, the Taj Mahal and Blues Brothers covers gave old Rachell a decent roof over his head. In Bob Wills' Swing Blues ('46), his baby took the Santa Fe (another train) and left the singer a mule to ride.

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