ALBERTA BLUES

Latest update on 21/10/2013

Artist: Mississippi Sheiks
Author: traditional
Label: Okeh
Year: 1929

Recorded in Shreveport, LA. As The Jackson Boys, three Sheiks recorded it earlier in New Orleans as Sweet Alberta. This barrelhouse song became extremely popular on Fannin Street, the red light district of Shreveport where there must have been a real Madame Alberta with quite a reputation. Tom Waits (and with him John Hammond and Scarlett Johansson) situate their Fannin Street in Houston.

Covers:

1935:

Lead Belly [he was from Mooringsport, close to Shreveport and might have known the real Alberta; his oldest version remained unissued]

1937:

Jazz Gillum [with Big Bill Broonzy]

1956:

Big Bill Broonzy

1957:

Alexis Korner [with Cyril Davies]

1961:

Snooks Eaglin

1977:

Eric Clapton [and also in '92]

1998:

Geoff Muldaur

2001:

Blues Band

2002:

Alvin Youngblood Hart

2003:

Roland

2008:

Chuck Leavell

Sounds like Corrine Corrina (see there). Memphis Slim, also a Chatman but not related to the brothers Chatmon from The Mississippi Sheiks, also recorded an Alberta, while Alberta #1 & 2 from Bob Dylan's Self Portrait album (and #3 from Another Self Portrait) are his own songs.

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