Wed Jun 24 20:13:44 EDT 1998
Lisa Otey wrote:
> Jerry Zolten wrote:
> >Anybody out there know any history on this tune? Was it once a flat out
> >spiritual? It seems to work as both a blues and a gospel. I know Josh White
> >recorded it back when he was hard blues in around 1930. Blind Willie
> >Johnson recorded it in 1927 and Blind Mamie Forehand in 1929. Do any of you
> >associate the song with any particular artist? Love to hear what you know.
> > Thanks. JJZ
> I've heard renditions by Odetta and Nat King Cole. I recorded it
> too. I think it's a traditional folk spiritual, but I couldn't say for sure.
> -Lisa Otey
I am personally much more fond of the entirely different song called
Motherless Child Blues by Elvie Thomas, accompanied on lead guitar by
the incomparable Geeshie Wiley, circa late 1920s rural Mississippi.
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