32-20 BLUES

Latest update on 04/03/2018

Artist: Willie Kelly
Author: Roosevelt Sykes
Label: Victor
Year: 1930

Alias Roosevelt Sykes, probably trying to outdo his own one year older hit 44 Blues. Same theme, smaller gun. ("I got a 32-20, shoots like a 45") A little like Arno: "Ik heb een kleintje maar 'k schiet verre". Reissued on Sykes' Complete Recorded Works Vol. 2 (Document). The melody reminds Bo Weavil Jackson's Some Scream High Yellow for Paramount in 1926 (Sam Butler).

Covers:

1931:

Skip James [as 22-20 Blues, a non-existing calibre]

1936:

Robert Johnson

1942:

Muddy Waters [Lomax recording]

1969:

Charlatans

1971:

Flamin' Groovies

1972:

Back Door

1979:

John Hammond [as 32-20]

1989:

Snakes

1993:

Paul Rishell

1993:

Bob Dylan [outtake World Gone Wrong]

1994:

Keith Richards [as Keith's Boogie]

1995:

Hank Shizzoe

1996:

Cassandra Wilson

1998:

Peter Green [on his Robert Johnson Songbook-cd]

1999:

Wouter van Riessen

1999:

Gov't Mule [and in '03 with Sonny Landreth on The Deepest End]

2000:

Paul Geremia

2003:

Gov't Mule [with Sonny Landreth]

2004:

Eric Clapton [mostly crediting Skip James]

2006:

Rory Block

2006:

Cowboy Junkies

32-20 fitted both gun and rifle. The rhythm used in Robert Johnson's version foreshadows late thirties' jive and even R&B. That's why Robert is considered so crucial in the transition from deep south folk-blues to urban rock 'n roll. Big Boy Crudup's Give Me A 32-20 (Bluebird - '42) is another song, popular among black WW II soldiers.

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