[Blues-l] Blues-l Digest, Vol 92, Issue 7

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Fri Dec 17 12:09:29 EST 2021

I just got the new book, The Blues Dream of Billy Boy Arnold. Billy is a huge fan of John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson and hisBluebird Record history. In the index of the book, in the indexof the book, there are several pages listed for Bluebird Records. Dick Shurman or Dick Waterman might be able to shed somelight on the subject, too. 
Rich GordonWNIJ-FMRockford, IL 

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  1. Foghat lyric reference to Bluebird Records? (Rich Kulawiec)


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Subject: [Blues-l] Foghat lyric reference to Bluebird Records?
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I'm trying to figure out if there's a connection between the lyrics
of Foghat's "What a Shame" (1973) and Bluebird Records -- which had
a sizable roster of Chicago blues artists back in the day.

I've always wondered what this pre-chorus lyric meant:

    Ain't it a shame
    Ain't it a pity
    The bluebird's gone from the Windy City

The second verse of the song is this:

    Good music on the radio
    A whole lotta people don't wanna know
    They say that black is black and white is white
    You can't cross over 'cause it don't seem right

That reads to me like a lament that radio stations (and record labels)
(and venues) (and so on) perceived music as being divided along racial
lines and wanted to maintain that separation.  Does this somehow figure
into the story of Bluebird Records? -- which I know came and went several
times, although my memory's very fuzzy on the details (and the Wikipedia
entry helps, but doesn't address this question).



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