TRAIN BLUES

Latest update on 15/01/2016

Artist: Russell Wise & Mr. White
Author: Russell Wise/White
Label: Library Of Congress
Year: 1936

Fiddler and guitarist from Madison, Florida. Archive Of Folk Culture recording, reissued on cd Railroad Songs And Ballads (Rounder).

Covers:

1938:

Roy Hall's String Band [as Orange Blossom Special, release prevented at the time by author Ervin Rouse himself; see also: Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On]

1939:

Rouse Brothers [idem; seven months later with composer Ervin Rouse on Bluebird; much more exciting, but owes a thing or two to the original anyway]

1941:

Bill Monroe [idem]

1945:

Fiddlin' Arthur Smith [in film Lonesome Trail]

1946:

Jerry & Sky

1950:

Harmonicats

1951:

Roy Hogsed

1956:

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

1961:

Hank Thompson

1961:

Billy Vaughn

1962:

Leon McAuliffe

1962:

Spotnicks

1964:

Johnny Cash [vocal version, n°3 C&W]

1967:

Flatt & Scruggs

1971:

Flying Burrito Brothers

1972:

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band [with Vassar Clements]

1973:

Charlie McCoy

1974:

Johnny Darrell

1974:

Charlie Daniels Band

1977:

James Last

1980:

Mickey Gilley

1982:

Kinky Friedman

1985:

Electric Light Orchestra

1990:

Uncle Tupelo

2003:

Hot Club Of Cowtown [all as Orange Blossom Special]

Bluegrass fiddler Russell 'Chubby' Wise, friend of the Rouse Brothers from Jacksonville, Florida, claims coauthorship for the Orange Blossom Special. He was right there when the real O.B.S. first entered the Jacksonville railway station. The Orange Blossom Special was the very first streamline train, running the Miami-New York line. Wise didn't sign for the tune though and even Ervin Rouse had it hard to claim his rights. His manager secured it under his own name. No one ever bothered to ask Russell Wise & Mr. White's opinion.

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