MAKE ME A PALLET ON THE FLOOR

Latest update on 13/02/2018

Artist: Buddy Bolden
Author: traditional
Year: 1894

New Orleans early jazzman, never recorded, but he's credited for introducing this classic tune. (see also: Buddy Bolden's Blues) W.C. Handy waiting on a train in Tutwiler, MS in 1903, wrote in his diary he was sitting next to a black guitar player who sang these words while working effects up and down the neck of his guitar with a knife. Unaware he witnessed the oldest evidence of something we might call blues, or at least blue notes and slide effects. (see also: Yellow Dog Rag) Two years later Howard Odum notated that same song in Lafayette county, also in Mississippi.

Covers:

1917:

W.C. Handy's Orch. [for Columbia]

1925:

Ethel Waters

1926:

James P. Johnson [on QRS cylinder roll]

1929:

Virginia Liston [first recording for Okeh]

1938:

Jelly Roll Morton

1940:

Sidney Bechet

1940:

Willie Brown

1942:

Bunk Johnson

1943:

Jimmy Yancey [vocal: his wife Estelle]

1944:

Woody Guthrie [with Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry]

1944:

Black And White Quartet [with James P. Johnson]

1952:

Grandpa Jones

1955:

Kid Ory

1961:

Eric Von Schmidt

1961:

Journeymen

1962:

Big Joe Williams

1962:

Gus Cannon [on Stax]

1962:

Odetta

1964:

Mississippi John Hurt

1965:

Tom Rush

1966:

Jim Kweskin

1967:

Sandy Denny

1968:

Jo Ann Kelly

1969:

Otha Turner [as Black Woman in a way David Evans describes as the original way, the way it must have been sung on the cottonfields in the earliest days of the blues; reissued on the Library of Congress cd Afro-American Folk Music From Tate And Panola Counties, MS (Rounder)]

1971:

Furry Lewis

1973:

Sam Chatmon

1976:

David Bromberg

1977:

Stefan Grossman

1979:

Lucinda Williams

1980:

Philadelphia Jerry Ricks

2000:

Sue Foley

2001:

Mark Selby [on Mississippi John Hurt tribute Avalon Blues]

2002:

Hillbilly Voodoo

2002:

North Mississippi Allstars with the Taylor Grocery Band [as Pallet for Thacker Mountain Radio in Oxford, MS]

2003:

Gillian Welch

2006:

Irma Thomas

2009:

Radio Kings

2018:

John Oates [as Pallet Soft And Low]

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