44 BLUES

Latest update on 26/02/2018

Artist: Roosevelt Sykes
Author: Roosevelt Sykes
Label: Okeh
Year: 1929

Learned 'his' tune from pianist Lee Green, who knew it from Little Brother Montgomery. Roosevelt was the first to record it.

Covers:

1929:

Lee Green [as Number Forty Four Blues, in '30 as Train Number 44 and in '34 as 44 Blues]

1929:

Little Brother Montgomery [as Vicksburg Blues; was a local barrelhouse piano player; influenced Howlin Wolf's 44 Blues]

1929:

James 'Boodle it' Wiggins

1936:

Johnny Temple [as New Vicksburg Blues]

1945:

Big Maceo [as Maceo's 32-20]

1947:

Arthur Crudup [as Crudup's Vicksburg Blues]

1954:

Howlin' Wolf [as Forty Four]

1965:

Rising Sons [with Gary Marker, Ry Cooder & Taj Mahal; only released in '92; crediting Willie Dixon; this arrangement influenced Capt. Beefheart's Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do for sure, with both Gary Marker & Ry Cooder involved]

1965:

Otis Spann [as Vicksburg Blues]

1966:

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers [with Eric Clapton as Little Girl]

1968:

Johnny Winter [as Forty-Four]

1970:

Scott Dunbar [as Vicksburg Blues]

1971:

Hound Dog Taylor

1971:

Little Feat [in medley with How Many More Years]

1995:

Karen Carroll [as Vicksburg Blues]

2000:

Philadelphia Jerry Ricks [idem]

2003:

Doyle Bramhall [as Forty Four]

2003:

Corey Harris [on Mississippi To Mali cd with Ali Farka Touré]

2010:

T-Model Ford

You don't even need to be white to rip off a poor black songwriter.

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