SINNER MAN (YOU CAN'T HIDE)

Latest update on 30/10/2017

Artist: Norfolk Jubilee Quartet
Author: traditional
Label: Paramount
Year: 1927

"Oh sinner man, where you gonna run to?". Vocal by folk singer Will Holt, who shares the authorship with Les Baxter on the label. B-side of Tango Of The Drums.

Covers:

1928:

Virginia Jubilee Singers

1945:

Silver Echo Quartet [as Sinner Man]

1954:

Sensational Nightingales [as On The Judgement Day]

1956:

Swan Silvertones [for Vee-Jay]

1956:

Rod McKuen [idem]

1956:

Les Baxter Orch. [as Sinner Man; vocal by folk singer Will Holt, who shares the authorship with Les Baxter on the label]

1957:

Davis Sisters [as Sinner Man (Where You Gonna Run To)]

1958:

Folksmiths [on lp We've Got Some Singing To Do, also containing the first Kumbaya (see there)]

1959:

Weavers [as Sinner Man]

1959:

Leon Bibb

1960:

Tommy Sands [live in Vegas]

1961:

Nina Simone [Live At The Village Gate]

1962:

Two Tones [Gordon Lightfoot and Terry Whelan]

1963:

Les Baxter's Balladeers

1964:

Nina Simone [as Sinner Man on album Pastel Blues (10 minute version), later used in film The Thomas Crown Affair, version also holding a sample used by Felix Da Housecat in a '03 Verve remix]

1966:

Peter Tosh & The Wailers [for Studio One, without Bob Marley]

1967:

Seekers

1971:

Wailers [as Downpressor Man, vocal by Peter Tosh, produced by Lee Perry]

1977:

Peter Tosh [idem; on his album Equal Rights]

1995:

Sweet Honey In The Rock [as Can't Hide Sinner]

2002:

2002:

Blue Angels [as Rock; following Nina Simone]

2002:

16 Horsepower

2003:

Felix Da Housecat [samples Simone]

2005:

Sinéad O'Connor [as Downpressor Man]

Melodically not too far removed from sea shanty Drunken Sailor (see there). Thematically related with Paul Owens' gospel Sinner Man (You Better Run), cut by The Swan Silvertones for Vee-Jay in '56 and adapted from On (The) Judgement Day by The Sensasional Nightingales (Peacock - '55), crediting their lead singers Julius Cheeks and Ernest James, reissued on boxset Texas Gospel Vol 3-5 (Opal Nations - '08). A restless life until death is what the sinner is facing here, unless he repents. Not to be confused with other Sinner Men, sung by Trini Lopez and Gregory Isaacs.

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