SHORTNIN' BREAD

Latest update on 15/01/2016

Artist: Henry Whitter
Author: trad./Paul Chaplain
Label: Okeh
Year: 1924

Harmonica solo. In fact an ancient slave lullaby (see footnote).

Covers:

1926:

Skillet Lickers [first vocal version]

1927:

Bobby Leecan's Needmore Band

1939:

Kay Kyser

1940:

Bob Crosby

1940:

Fats Waller

1951:

Arthur Smith

1959:

Paul Chaplain & His Emeralds

1959:

Dave Baby Cortez [as The Happy Organ; n°1 US]

1959:

Dave Brubeck

1960:

Bell Notes

1960:

Viscounts [crediting "trad. arr. J. Douglas"]

1963:

Blisters

1964:

Ready Men

1964:

Astronauts

1965:

Lee Dorsey

1966:

George Semper

1967:

Elvis Presley [as Clambake]

1979:

Beach Boys

1990:

Cramps [based on a version by garage band The Readymen]

1993:

John Mooney

2003:

Guy Davis

Influenced by the black folk song of the same name, possibly written by Reese Dupree in 1905 and first published in 1915 as Shortened Bread in Songs And Rhythms Of The South (E.C. Perron). More versions in the 20s & 30s by Paul Robeson, Nelson Eddy, Earl Johnson, Dykes Magic City Trio and The Andrews Sisters. In '46 used in the Disney animation film Make Mine Music, See also: The Honeydripper.

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