STOP AND LISTEN BLUES

Created on 21/01/2001
Latest update on 12/07/2021

Artist: Mississippi Sheiks
Author: Walter Vinson/Lonnie Chatmon
Label: Okeh
Year: 1930

The arrangement leans on Tommy Johnson's Big Road Blues (see there), but lyrics, part of the melody and even Howlin' Wolf's Smokestack howl are rooted in this Mississippi Sheiks tune. In fact, Wolf was inspired by Jimmie Rodgers' yodel: "I wanted to yodel in the worst way, and all that I could do was make that howl".

Covers:

1956:

Howlin' Wolf [as Smokestack Lightnin', leaning heavily on his Crying At Daybreak ('51)]

1963:

Manfred Mann [as Smokestack Lightnin' and in '65 as LSD]

1964:

Yardbirds [idem; with Eric Clapton]

1966:

Animals

1968:

Kinks [as The Last Of The Steam Powered Trains]

1969:

Axis

1969:

Hard Meat

1970:

Grateful Dead

1972:

Bintangs

1984:

Valerie Wellington [with Magic Slim & The Teardrops]

1985:

Green On Red

1988:

Soundgarden

1988:

George Thorogood

1991:

Lynyrd Skynyrd [all as Smokestack Lightnin']

1998:

John Hammond [as Crying At Daylight]

2000:

Chris Whitley [as Smokestack Lightning]

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