BLACK, BROWN AND WHITE BLUES

Latest update on 19/04/2010

Artist: Big Bill Broonzy
Author: William Broonzy
Label: Rounder
Year: 1947

Lomax recording in New York, following his contribution to radio documentary Blues In The Mississippi Night, along with Memphis Slim and Sonny Boy Williamson. Risky statement. For his own security, first released in Paris (Vogue - 1949). Not until he was accepted as a folksinger was he able to sing this song in the States, strictly in folksong circles. Reissued on The Land Where The Blues Began, soundtrack to Alan Lomax' book of the same name.

Covers:

1950s:

Brownie McGhee

1986:

Pete Seeger

1991:

Boogie Boy [as Get Back]

"If you're white, it's alright, if you're brown, stick aroun', but if you're black, oh brother, get back get back get back." Wrote it when he came to Chicago in 1920 to work as an iron molder. There were no unions. Whites on the same job earned more than blacks.

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