WALK RIGHT IN

Latest update on 22/12/2016

Artist: Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers
Author: Gus Cannon/Hosea Woods
Label: Victor
Year: 1929

Banjo player and jugband pioneer born in 1883; also cut it with coauthor Hosea Woods under the moniker Cannon & Woods, The Beale Street Boys (for Brunswick in Chicago). Gus was the son of an ex slave with nine children. Built his first banjo out of a steelpan and racoon skin. Rambled along Mississippi Delta plantations and levee camps as a late 19th century entertainer. Rumoured to be recorded on Edison cylinder. Had his own jugband as from 1908 on, following the Medicine Shows. (see also: Minglewood Blues)

Covers:

1961:

Moments

1961:

Glen Campbell [on Everest label]

1963:

Rooftop Singers [n°1 US]

1963:

Jan & Dean

1963:

Phil Ochs [as Christine Keeler]

1963:

Frankie Jordan [as Marche tout droit]

1963:

Claude François [idem]

1963:

Trini Lopez

1963:

Fouryo's [as Stapeldol]

1964:

José Feliciano

1965:

Jerry Lee Lewis

1965:

Spotnicks

1965:

Ella Fitzgerald

1977:

Dr. Hook

1985:

Big Town Playboys

1993:

Have Mercy

1996:

Lavay Smith

1996:

Ben Sidran

2000:

Dave Alvin

2000:

Max Weinberg 7

2006:

Carolina Chocolate Drops

2008:

Otis Taylor

Rooftop main man Erik Darling was an ex Tarrier and ex Weaver (replacing Pete Seeger). He was the one who heard a hit in Gus Cannon's Walk Right In, rounded up two 12 string guitarists and the rest is history. It did become a hit, finally earning the 78 year old author a decent rooftop, a modest comeback and his own Stax record. Gus enjoyed it so much he lived another twenty years. On Document cd DOCD 5322 a similar Come Right In by Ida Cox was dated 1923.

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