MATCHBOX BLUES

Latest update on 09/03/2021

Artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson
Author: Lemon Jefferson
Label: Okeh
Year: 1927

A new version on Paramount shortly after. Lyric essence from Ma Rainey's Lost Wandering Blues ('24).

Covers:

1934:

Larry Henseley

1934:

Lead Belly [session in Angola Prison, along with a version of Blind Lemon Blues]

1939:

Roy Newman & His Boys

1939:

Roy Shaffer

1957:

Carl Perkins [as Matchbox; following Roy Newman and Roy Shaffer rather than Blind Lemon Jefferson]

1958:

Jerry Lee Lewis [idem]

1960:

Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks

1964:

Beatles [on Beatles For Sale with Carl Perkins present]

1969:

Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash [with Carl Perkins]

1970:

Bob Dylan & George Harrison

1972:

Albert King [at Wattsstax]

1976:

Matchbox

1979:

Dr. Feelgood

1983:

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan

1995:

Tab Benoit

1999:

Swing Cats [as Matchbox]

2003:

Guy Davis

2003:

Janiva Magness

2013:

Willie Nelson

When Carl Perkins recorded Matchbox, with Jerry Lee Lewis on piano, Elvis dropped by to say hello at Sun. Sam Phillips, always alert, contacted Johnny Cash to drop by as well and once he was in that famous picture was taken and the so-called Million Dollar Quartet session took place (without Johnny Cash who just stayed for the picture).

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