Washington at Valley Forge (Yellen, Ager) 1926 song ‘Crazy Words, Crazy Tune’ by Frank Crumit [Victor 20462], also recorded by Irving Aaronson [Victor 20473], the Six Jumping Jacks [Brunswick 3434] and Vaughn DeLeath [Brunswick 3443].
Sweet Sue (Young, Harris) 1928 song first recorded by the Charlie Straight Orchestra, featuring Frank Sylvano [Brunswick 3900], popular for Ben Pollack, featuring Franklyn Baur [Victor 21437] and Earl Burtnett, featuring the Biltmore Trio [Columbia 1361-D]. The many other recordings include Jimmy Noone [’28, Vocalion 1184], Paul Whiteman, featuring Austin Young, Bix Beiderbecke on cornet [’28, Colombia 50103-D], the Mills Brothers [‘32, Brunswick 6330], Louis Armstrong [‘33, Victor 24321], Fats Waller [’35, Victor 25087], the Hoosier Hot Shots [‘36, ARC 7-06-60], Tommy Dorsey, featuring Jack Leonard [’39, Victor 26105], and Sidney Bechet [’40, HRS 2003]. Group member Geoff Muldaur is a big fan of Bix Beiderbecke.
Overseas Stomp (Will Shade) ‘Lindberg Hop’ by the Memphis Jug Band [‘28, Victor 21740]
Coney Island Washboard (Adams, Nestor, Durand, Shugart) The Five Harmaniacs [‘26, Victor 20293], Jimmy Lytell, on a French release [‘27, Pathe-Act 36584], the Mills Brothers [‘32, Banner 33211]
Wild About My Loving (trad.) Jim Jackson ‘I’m Wild About My Lovin’ [‘28, Victor V38033]; also Lonnie Coleman, with slightly different lyrics [‘29, Columbia 14440-D] and Cannon’s Jug Stompers [‘30, ‘Bring It With You When You Come, Victor 23262]. The tune and some of the lyrics are on ma Rainey's ‘Hear Me Talking To You’ [‘28, Paramount 12668], recorded a few months before Jackson.
Mobile Line (trad.) ‘Hey Lawdy Mama - The France Blues’ by Papa Harvey Hull & Long ‘Cleve’ Reed [‘27, Black Patti 8001]. Some of the lyrics turned up in ‘My Black Mama (Part 2)’ by Son House [‘30, Paramount 13042], later recorded by House as ‘Death Letter‘. It was also recorded by Mark Spoelstra as ‘France Blues’ for the 1963 Blues Project [Elektra EKL-264].
I'm Satisfied With My Gal (trad.) Sharkey Bonano & his Sharks of Rhythm [‘36, Vocalion 3380]
Newport News (trad.) Memphis Jug Band [‘27, Victor 20576]
My Gal (trad.) ’Good Gal Remember Me’ by the country group Three Tobacco Tags [’38, Bluebird B-7482] and ‘Black Gal Swing’ by Sleepy John Estes (with Son Bonds as ‘The Delta Boys’) [‘41, Bluebird B8852]
Borneo (trad.) Frankie Trumbauer, featuring Scrappy Lambert, Bix Beiderbecke on cornet [‘28, Okeh 41039]
Hawaii (trad.) ‘My Hula Hula Love’ by Dolly Connolly [‘11, Columbia 1028], also by Billy Murray & Ada Jones [’11, Victor 16910] and the Metropolitan Quartette [’12, Edison Amberol cylindar 1542]. Rock and roll hit for Buddy Knox as ‘Hula Love’ [‘57, Roulette 4018].
Beedle Um Bum (trad.) Recorded by the Hokum Boys - Tampa Red with Georgia Tom (future gospel songwriter Thomas Dorsey) [‘29, Paramount 12714], McKinney’s Cotton Pickers [‘29, Victor V38052], Big Bill Bronzy (as Big Bill Johnson) [‘32, Champion 16395]
Going to Germany (Noah Lewis) Cannon’s Jug Stompers [‘29, Victor V38585]
Boodle Am Shake (trad.) Dixieland Jug Blowers [‘27, Victor 20480]. Clifford Hayes was a member.
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me (Swanstrom, McCarron, Morgan) Louisiana Five [’19, Emerson 1083], Esther Walker [‘19, Victor 18619], Ted Lewis [‘20, Columbia 2798], Jimmy Noone [‘28, Vocalion 1215]
Jug Band Music (Memphis Jug Band) ‘Jug Band Quartette’ by the Memphis Jug Band [‘34, Okeh 8966]
I'm a Woman (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Christine Kittrell [‘62, Vee Jay 444], Peggy Lee [‘63, Capitol 4888]
Morning Blues (Dave Macon) Uncle Dave Macon, with Sam McGee [‘26, “I’ve Got the Mourning Blues’ Vocalion 15319]
Vamp of New Orleans (Sadie Green) (Gilbert Wells, Johnny Dunn) The Five Harmaniacs [‘26, Victor 20293] the Goofus Five [‘26, Okeh 40687], Roy Newman [‘35, Vocalion 03151], Milton Brown [’36, Decca 5311]. (‘Everybody’s Talking About Sadie Green’ by the Memphis Jug Band [‘30, Victor V38599] is a different song.)
Don't You Leave Me Here (Ferdinand Morton) Henry Thomas [‘29, Vocalion 1443], Washboard Sam [‘38, Bluebird B7501], and Jelly Roll Morton, who claimed it as his own [band version: ‘39, Bluebird B10450; solo piano version: '39, General 4005]; also recorded by Dave Van Ronk for the 1963 Blues Project [Elektra EKL-264]. It is a variation of ‘Alabamy Bound’, first recorded by Prince’s Orchestra [‘09, Columbia], and later by Papa Charlie Jackson[’25, ’I’m Alabama Bound’ Paramount 12289] and Leadbelly [’35 for Library of Congress, ‘40 with the Golden Gate Quartet, Victor 27268]. (The 1925 pop song ‘Alabamy Bound’ is a different song.)
Somebody Stole My Gal (L. Wood) First recorded by Florence Millett [‘18], a big hit for Ted Weems [‘24, Victor 19212]. Among the many other recordings are those by Bix Beiderbecke [‘28, Okeh 41030], Ted Lewis [‘31, Columbia 2336], Milton Brown [’36, Decca 5462] and Johnny Ray [‘53, Columbia 39961].
K.C. Moan (Memphis Jug Band) Memphis Jug Band [‘29, Victor V38558]
Good Time Charlie (John Koerner) From Blues, Rags and Hollers by Koerner, Ray and Glover [‘63, Elektra 240]
Jug Band Waltz (Memphis Jug Band) Memphis Jug Band [‘28, Victor V38537]
Whoa Mule Get Up In the Alley (Gus Cannon) ‘Mule Get Up in the Alley’ by Cannon’s Jug Stompers [‘29, Victor V38611].
Memphis (Chuck Berry) Chuck Berry [‘58, Chess 1729]
Ukelele Lady (Gus Kahn, E.A. Whiting) 1925 song by Vaughn DeLeath [Columbia 361], Paul Whiteman with the Southern Fall Colored Quartet [Victor 19690] and Frank Crumit [Victor 19701]
Rag Mama (Blind Boy Fuller) ‘Rag, Mama, Rag’ by Blind Boy Fuller [‘35, ARC 6-01-56].
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (A.J. Piron) The Original Memphis Five [‘22, Paramount 20161], Eva Taylor with Clarence Williams [‘22, Okeh 4740], the Cotton Pickers [‘23, Brunswick 2338], the Virginians [Victor 18965]. Rypens reports that it was adapted from a 1917 Louis Armstrong composition, ‘Take Your Feet Off Katie’s Head’
Heebie Jeebies (Boyd Atkins) Louis Armstrong [‘26, Okeh 8300], Ethel Waters [’26, Columbia 14153-D], Alberta Hunter [’26, Okeh 8383], the Red Heads (a Red Nichols group) [’26, Pathe-Act 36557], the Boswell Sisters [‘30, Okeh 41444] and the Mills Blue Rhythm Band [‘31, Victor 22763]
15 Cents (Frankie Jaxon) Frankie Jaxon [‘33, Vocalion 2603]
Hannah (Chris Bouchillion) ‘Hannah Won’t You Open That Door’, 1904 song, written by Andrew Sterling and Harry Von Tilzer, recorded by Arthur Collins [Edison cylinder 8637, Columbia 1800] and Bob Roberts [Victor 2627]. Country versions by Chris Bouchillon [‘26, Columbia 15120-D] and the McGee Brothers [‘27, Vocalion 5169]
Bye and Bye (trad.) Written in 1906 by Charles Albert Tindley. Gospel versions by the Nazarene Church Choir [’28, Gennett 6004], the Golden Gate Quartet [’41, Thesaurus 982], Blind Boys of Alabama [’50, Gospel 120], the Soul Stirrers [’50, Specialty 354], and the Davis Sisters [’51, Gotham 716] and many others. Country versions include Frank & James McCravy [‘27, Victor 20817], Kentucky Mountain Choristers [’29, ‘We‘ll Understand It Better Bye and Bye‘, Gennett 6888], Morris Brothers & Homer Sherrill as Wiley, Zeke & Homer (The Smilin‘ Rangers) [‘38, ‘Understand It Better Bye-and-Bye‘ Bluebird B-7497]. Louis Armstrong also recorded it [’39, Decca 3011]. A Bahamian folk version was done by Joseph Spence & the Pindar Family [‘66, ‘We Will Understand It Better By and By’ The Real Bahamas Nonsuch H-2013].
The Cuckoo (trad.) English ballad by Margaret Casson, published 1790 (says Rypens). Recorded by Kelly Harrell [’26, ‘The Cuckoo She‘s a Fine Bird‘ Victor V-40047], Clarence Ashley [’29, ‘The Coo-Coo Bird‘ Columbia 15489-D], Jean Ritchie [’57, Singing Family of the Cumberlands Riverside RLP-12-653], the New Lost City Ramblers [’62, Volume 4 Folkways FA 2399], the Holy Modal Rounders [’64, The Holy Modal Rounders Prestige PR7720], and many other folk performers.
I Ain't Never Been Satisfied (trad.) An original, ‘based on children’s ring games’ according to the liner notes.
Eight More Miles to Louisville (Grandpa Jones) Grandpa Jones [‘57, Decca 9-30264]
I Got Mine (trad.) 1902 song ‘I Got Mine (The Coon Song)’ written by John Queen & Charlie Cartwell, recorded by Arthur Collins & Joe Natus [Monarch]. Country versions were recorded by Fiddlin’ John Carson [‘24, Okeh 40119], Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers [‘26, Columbia 15134-D], John McGhee [‘28, Gennett 6403], and African-American versions by Big Boy George Owens [‘26, ‘The Coon Crap Game’], Frank Stokes [’28, Victor V38512], Robert (Barbecue Bob) & Charlie Hicks [’30, ’Darktown Gamblin’-Part 1 (The Crap Game)’, Columbia 14531-D] and Pink Anderson. Anderson had two versions; the first is from a 1950 session released in 1961 on a compilation, combined with a sessions by Rev. Gary Davis: American Street Songs Riverside RLP 12-611; Anderson’s side is subtitled Carolina Street Songs. The other version is on Vol. 2: Medicine Show Man [‘62, Prestige/Bluesville BV 1051].
Buffalo Skinners (trad.) A genuine cowboy song from the 1800s, published by John Lomax in the 1910 collection Cowboy Songs, recorded for the Library of Congress in 1935 by Pete Harris (according to Rypens), and by Bill Bender (the Happy Cowboy) [’39, ‘The Buffalo Skinner’ Varsity 5144]. Woody Guthrie recorded it at least a couple times, with altered words; once with Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry [‘44, released on 78, compiled on Folk Songs, Vol. I Stinson SLP #44], and solo [’45, issued on Struggle: Asch American Documentary, Vol. 1 ‘46 Asch 360], Jack Elliott & Derroll Adams [’57, The Rambling Boys Topic 10 T 14 and ’63 Roll On Buddy Topic 12T 105], Pete Seeger [’56, American Industrial Ballads Folkways FH 5251], Cisco Houston [’62, Cisco Houston Sings the Songs of Woody Guthrie Vanguard VRS 9089], Eric Von Schmidt [‘63, Folk Blues of Eric Von Schmidt Prestige 7717]
Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor (trad.) Based on W.C. Handy’s ‘Atlanta Blues’. Ethel Waters [’26, Columbia 14125-D], Jelly Roll Morton [’38, for the Library of Congress], Sidney Bechet [‘40, Bluebird B8509], Bunk Johnson [’42, ‘Pallet on the Floor’ Jazz Man 16], Jimmy Yancey [‘44, Session 10-003], Woody Guthrie [’40s, released ’64 Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs, Vol. 2 Folkways FA 2484], Cisco Houston [‘58, Cisco Houston Sings American Folk Songs Folkways FT-1012], the Weavers [‘59, Travelling On with the Weavers Vanguard VSD 2022], the Journeymen [‘61, Journeymen Capitol T 1629], Mississippi John Hurt [‘66, Today VSD 79220]
Guabi Guabi (trad.) George Sibanda, from Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) [‘52], Jack Elliott [‘64, Jack Elliott Vanguard VRS 9151]
My Creole Belle (John Hurt) Mississippi John Hurt [‘63, Folk Songs and Blues Piedmont PLP 13157]. Based on the 1902 coon song ‘Creole Belles’, written by George Sidney ans J. Bodewald Lampe, recorded by Sousa’s Band [Victor 1182], the Columbia Orchestra [Columbia 330] and the Metropolitan Orchestra [Victor 1023].
Relax Your Mind (Leadbelly) Lead belly [‘48, Lead Belly’s Last Sessions, Vol. 1 Folkways FA 241]
Blues in the Bottle (Peter Stampfel, Steve Weber) Prince Albert Hunt’s Texas Ramblers [’28, Okeh 45230], Lightnin’ Hopkins [‘61, Blues in My Bottle Bluesville LP 1045], the Holy Modal Rounders [‘64, The Holy Modal Rounders Prestige/Folklore 14031], the Lovin’ Spoonful [‘65, Do You Believe in Magic Kama Sutra 8050].
Chevrolet (Ed & Lonnie Young) ‘Can I Do It For You’ by Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe [‘30, Vocalion 1523]. As ‘Chevrolet’ it was recorded in 1959 by Lonnie Young, Ed Young and Lonnie Young, Jr., on an Alan Lomax field recording, part of a series issued on 6 or 7 Atlantic LP’s and released on a 4 CD set Sounds of the South. It was also recorded as ‘Hey Gyp’ by Donovan [‘65, Pye 7N 15984; Hickory 1417] and Eric Burden & the Animals [’67, MGM 13792].
Christopher Columbus (Leon Berry, Andy Razaf) Fletcher Henderson (composed by band member Chu Berry [‘36, Vocalion 3211], Benny Goodman [‘36, Victor 25279], Fats Waller [‘36, Victor 25295], the Ink Spots [‘36, Decca 883]
Never Swat a Fly (DeSylva, Brown) McKinney’s Cotton Pickers [‘30, Victor 23020]
Richland Woman (Mississippi John Hurt) ‘Richland Woman Blues’ by Mississippi John Hurt [‘63, Folk Songs and Blues Piedmont PLP 13157].
Downtown Blues (Frank Stokes, Dan Sane) Frank Stokes [‘28, Victor 21272]; recorded by Geoff Muldaur for the 1963 Blues Project [Elektra EKL-264].
Fishing Blues (H. Thomas, J.M. Williams) Henry Thomas ‘Ragtime Texas’ [‘28 Vocalion 1249], Memphis Minnie [‘32, Vocalion 1711], the Holy Modal Rounders [‘64, The Holy Modal Rounders/2 Prestige 7410], the Lovin’ Spoonful [‘65, Do You Believe in Magic Kama Sutra 8050].
Storybook Ball (Montgomery, Perry) Billy Murray [‘18, Victor 18482].
That's When I'll Come Back to You (Frank Biggs) Louis Armstrong & his Hot Seven (a duet with Lil Armstrong) [‘27, Okeh 8519]
Viola Lee (Noah Lewis) ‘Viola Lee Blues’ by Cannon’s Jug Stompers [‘28, Victor V38523], the Grateful Dead [‘67, The Grateful Dead Warner 1689]
Papa's On the Housetop (Leroy Carr) Leroy Carr, with Scrapper Blackwell [‘30, Vocalion 1593]
Onyx Hop (Frank Newton) Frankie Newton & his Uptown Serenaders [‘37, Variety 647]
Moving Day (Von Tilzer, Sterling) A 1906 song, recorded around that era by Victoria Monks. Recorded in 1929 by Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers as ’It’s Movin’ Day’ [‘30, Columbia 15545-D], and by ], the Holy Modal Rounders [‘64, The Holy Modal Rounders Prestige/Folklore 14031].
Memphis Blues (W.C. Handy, Russell Robinson) The first ‘blues’ to be recorded, this originated as a 1909 campaign song for Edward H. Crump. Published as an instrumental in 1912, popularized in vaudevillle by George ‘Honey Boy’ Evans’ minstrel troupe, and recorded by the Victor Military Band [’14, Victor 17619]. Further recordings are by Prince’s Orchestra [’14, Columbia 5591], Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan [’15, Columbia A-1721], Lt. Jim Europe‘s 369th Infantry ‘Hell Fighters‘ Band [’19, Pathe 22085], W.C. Handy’s Orchestra [’23, Okeh 4896], Ted Lewis [’27, Columbia 1050] and Harry James [‘42, Columbia 36713]
Kicking the Gong Around (Koehler, Arlen) Sung by Cab Calloway in the revue Rhythmania [’31, Brunswick 6209], also recorded by Louis Armstrong [‘32, Okeh 41550]
You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew (Spina, Burk) Fats Waller [‘34, Victor 24738]
He's in the Jailhouse Now (Pink Anderson) ‘Jail House Blues’ by Whistler’s Jug Band [’24, Gennett 5614], Jim Jackson [’28, Vocalion 1146], Blind Blake with Gus Cannon [’27, Paramount 12565], Earl MacDonald’s Original Lousiana Jug Band [’27, ‘She‘s in the Graveyard Now‘ Columbia 14255-D], Jimmie Rodgers [’28, Victor 21245], Memphis Jug Band as the Memphis Sheiks [’30, Victor 23256], and others throughout the years. Webb Pierce had a big country hit in 1955 [Decca 29391], Rambling Jack Elliott recorded it on Songs by Woody Guthrie and Jimmy Rodgers [’60, Columbia 33 SX 1291 in U.K., ’62 Monitor LP MF 380 in U.S.]. Kweskin credits Pink Anderson: a 1950 session released in 1961 on a compilation, combined with a sessions by Rev. Gary Davis: American Street Songs [Riverside RLP 12-611], Carolina Medicine Show Hokum and Blues [’62, Folkways FS 3588] and Vol. 2: Medicine Show Man [‘62, Prestige/Bluesville BV 1051].
Melancholy Baby (Burnett, Watson, Morton) ‘My Melancholy Baby’ by Walter Van Brunt [’15, Edison Amberol 2542], Gene Austin [’28, Victor 21015], Al Bowlly [’35,Victor 25007] , Teddy Wilson, featuring Ella Fitzgerald [’36, Brunswick 7729], Bing Crosby [‘39, Decca 2289], Frank Sinatra [‘45, Columbia 38287], Sam Donahue [‘47, Capitol 357], Ella Fitzgerald [‘60, Songs from ‘Let No Man Write My Epitaph’ Verve MGV4043 , CD release as The Intimate Ella].
There'll Be Some Changes Made (Benton Overstreet) Ethel Waters [‘22, Black Swan 2021], Ted Lewis [’24, Columbia 170-D], Marion Harris [’24, Brunswick 2651], Sophie Tucker [’28, Okeh 40921]. Revived in 1941 in several versions: Benny Goodman, featuring Louise Tobin [Columbia 35210], Ted Weems, featuring Mary Lee [Decca 3044], Gene Krupa, featuring Irene Day [Okeh 6021], Vaughn Monroe, featuring Marilyn Duke [Bluebird 11025]
O Miss Hannah (Deppen, Hollingsworth) ‘Oh! Miss Hannah’ by Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra, with Bix Beiderbecke on cornet and Bing Crosby on vocal [‘29, Columbia 1945-D]
That's My Weakness Now (Stept, Green) Helen Kane [’28, Victor 21557], Nat Shilkret, featuring Frank Munn [’28, Victor 21497], Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra, with Bix Beiderbecke on cornet and the Rhythm Boys (including Bing Crosby) on vocal [‘28, Columbia 1444-D], Cliff Edwards [‘28, Columbia 1471-D], Russ Morgan [‘49, Decca 24692]
Jazzbo Brown (I. & G. Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) Actually ‘Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town’, written by George Brooks, recorded by Bessie Smith [‘26, Columbia 14133-D].
Staggerlee (public domain) The Rooftop Singers [’63, ‘Stagolee’ Walk Right In Vanguard 9123], which in turn borrows and adapts the beginning and the end verses of Tennessee Ernie Ford‘s version [‘51, ‘Stack-o-Lee’ Capitol F 1349], Clyde McCoy with Billie Jane Bennett [’51, Mercury 5551]; the writer credit on these ‘51 versions is Lou Busch, aka Joe Fingers Carr, who accompanied Ford. Based on an 1895 incident, the story has been told in a variety of songs which are often not the same, either lyrically or musically or both. The best known version is Lloyd Price’s big hit ’Stagger Lee’ [’59, ABC-Paramount 9972], based on the version by Archibald [’50, ’Stack-A’lee’ Imperial 5068]. The first recording of the name ’Stack O’ Lee Blues’ is an instrumental by Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians [‘23, Victor 19189]; subsequent jazz recordings include Duke Ellington: the Washingtonians [‘28, Harmony 601H], Cab Calloway [’31, Banner 32378] (with a vocal towards the end), Sidney Bechet: Bechet/Nicholas Blue Five [’46, ’Old Stack O’Lee Blues’ Blue Note 54]. Of the other versions from the ’20s, Mississippi John Hurt [‘28, ‘Stack O’ Lee Blues’ Okeh 8654] is the best known. Ma Rainey’s [‘25, Paramount 12357] is more like ‘Frankie and Johnnie.’ Others include Long Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hull [‘27, ‘Original Stack o’ Lee Blues’ Black Patti 8030] and Furry Lewis [‘27, ‘Billy Lyons and Stack O’Lee’, Vocalion 1132]. A pop version by white vaudeville crooner Cliff Edwards, in two parts, emphasizes the racial background of the story [‘28, Columbia 1551-D]. Country versions include Frank Hutchinson [‘27, ‘Stackalee, Pt. 1 & 2’ Okeh 45106], David Miller [‘27, ‘That Bad Man Stackalee’ Gennett 6188], the Fruit Jar Guzzlers [‘28, Paramount 3121], Carson Robison [‘32, Decca (British) F3026, 2 parts], and Woody Guthrie [’44, Bound for Glory Folkways 2481 78/1]. Versions of the folk/blues revival include the New Lost City Ramblers [’62, Vol. 4 Folkways FA 2399] (similar to Hurt version with additional words), Dave Van Ronk [’63, Dave Van Ronk: Folksinger Prestige 14012], Tom Rush [‘63, Blues, Songs and Ballads Prestige PRLP-7374], Taj Mahal [’69, De Ole Folks at Home Columbia GP 18], Doc & Merle Watson [’71, Ballads from Deep Gap Vanguard VSD 6576]. Johnny Otis [‘69, ‘The Great Stack a Lee’ Snatch and the Poontangs (released on CD with Cold Shot)] is said to be the basis for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds [‘96, Murder Ballads].
I Can't Give You Anything But Love (McHugh, Fields) Sung by Aida Ward & Willard McLean in the show Blackbirds of 1928. Popular recordings by Cliff Edwards [Columbia 1471-D], Harry Richman [Brunswick 4035], Johnny Hamp [Victor 21514], the Knickerbockers (Ben Selvin), featuring Vaughn DeLeath [Columbia 1424-D], Gene Austin [Victor 21798], Nat Shilkret [Victor 21688], Teddy Wilson, featuring Billie Holiday [‘36, Brunswick 7781]
Louisiana (Johnson, Schafer, Razaf) Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra, with Bix Beiderbecke on cornet and Bing Crosby and others on vocal [’28, Victor 21438], Duke Ellington [’29, Brunswick 4110], Bix Beiderbecke [‘29, Okeh 41173]
If You're a Viper (R. Howard, H. Malcolm, H. Moren) Stuff Smith & his Onyx Club Boys [‘36, ’You‘se a Viper‘ Vocalion 3201], Rosetta Howard with the Harlem Hamfats [’37, Decca 7370], Bob Howard [‘38, Decca 1698].
Minglewood (Noah Lewis) Cannon‘s Jug Stompers [’28, Victor 21267], Noah Lewis‘ Jug Band [’30, ‘New Minglewood Blues‘ Victor 23266], and the Grateful Dead [’67, ‘New, New Minglewood Blues‘ The Grateful Dead Warner 1689]. Rypens lists many other songs under different titles as being versions of this: ‘Roll and Tumble Blues’ by Hambone Willie Newburn [’29, Okeh 8679]; ‘It Won’t Be Long’ and ‘Banty Rooster Blues’ by Charlie Patton [’29, Paramount 12854 and 12792]; ‘The Girl I Love She Got Long Curly Hair’ by Sleepy John Estes [’29, Victor V38549]; ‘Vicksburg Blues #2’ by Little Brother Montgomery [’35, Bluebird B6072]; ‘If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day’ and ‘Traveling Riverside Blues’ by Robert Johnson [’36 and ’37, both ARC unissued] and ; ‘Lord Oh Lord Blues’ by Sonny Boy Williamson I [’38, Bluebird B7847]; ‘Decoration Day Blues’ and ‘Rollin’ Blues’ by John Lee Hooker [’50 Sensation 33 and alt. take of ’Roll ’ Roll’ Modern 20-767] ; ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ by Muddy Waters [’50, Aristocrat 412], first as Baby Face Leroy (Foster) Trio [’50, Parkway 501]; ‘Louisiana Blues’ by Muddy Waters [’50, Chess 1441]; ‘Tiger Man’ by Rufus Thomas [’53, Sun 188] ; ‘Going Back to Memphis by Sunnyland Slim [’54, Blue Lake 105]; and ‘Forty-Four’ by Howling Wolf [‘54, Chess 1584]1` ` ` ``
Garden of Joy (Clifford Hayes) Dixieland Jug Blowers [‘27, ‘Garden of Joy Blues’ Victor 21126]
The Circus Song (F. Thompson, J.E. Guernsey) ‘Carried Water for the Elephant’ by Leroy Carr [‘30, Vocalion 1593]
My Old Man (J. Mercer, B. Hanighen) Don Redman [’33, Melotone M12848], Spirits of Rhythm [‘33, Brunswick 6728]
Kaloobafak [I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)] (Richmond, Daugherty, Reynolds, Neiburg) Guy Lombardo, featuring Carmen Lombardo [’30, Columbia 2259-D], Rudy Vallee [’30, Victor 22506], Louis Armstrong [’30, Okeh 41448], Lionel Hampton [’37, Victor 25658], Perry Como [’45, Victor 1629], Les Paul & Mary Ford [‘52, Capitol 2080], Frank Ifield [’63, Capitol 5032]. Originated as ‘Lookin’ for Another Sweetie’ by Fats Waller & his Buddies [’29, Victor V-38110]
The Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler) Sung by Eddie Cantor in the show Make It Snappy. Recorded by the California Ramblers [’21, ‘The Sheik‘ Vocalion 14275], the Club Royal Orchestra [’22, Victor 18831], Ray Miller [‘22, Columbia A-3519], Le Quintette du Hot Club de France, featuring Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelly [’37, HMV B8737], Fats Waller [’38, Victor 25847], Jack Teagarden [‘39, Brunswick 8370]
When I Was a Cowboy (Western Plains) (H. Ledbetter) Lead belly [‘43, ‘Range of the Buffalo (Out on the Western Plains) (Cowboy Song)’ Asch 561-2, and ‘44 ‘When the Boys Were Out of the Western Plain (When I Was a Cowboy) (Out on the Western Plains)’ Musicraft 310]
Mood Indigo (Ellington, Mills, Bigard) Duke Ellington [‘31, Brunswick 4952, Okeh 8840, Victor 22587], Clyde McCoy [‘31, Columbia 2531-D], Lee Morse [‘31, Columbia 2530-D], Jimmy Lunceford [‘34, Decca 131]
I Ain't Gonna Marry (Sarah Martin) Viola McCoy, with Fletcher Henderson’s Jazz Band [‘24, Brunswick 2591]
Ella Speed (H. Ledbetter) Leadbelly [’33, ’34, ’35 for Library of Congress], Mance Lipscomb [‘60, Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster Arhoolie F1001]
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (D. Redman, A. Razaf) McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, featuring Don Redman [‘29, Victor V38097], King Cole Trio [‘44, Capitol 169]
Back in the Saddle (Ray Whitley, Gene Autry) Ray Whitley in Border G-Man [’38, Decca 5628], Gene Autry in Roving Tumbleweeds [’39, Vocalion 05080], Art Kassel, featuring Harvey Crawford [‘40, Bluebird 10772]
Sugar Babe (Mance Lipscomb) Mance Lipscomb [‘60, Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster Arhoolie F1001]
Okie from Muskogee (Merle Haggard, Roy Burris) Merle Haggard [‘69, Capitol 2626]
99 Year Blues (Julius Daniels) Julius Daniels [‘27, Victor 20658]
Rambling Round Your City (Woody Guthrie, Huddie Ledbetter) ‘Ramblin’ Blues’ by Woody Guthrie [’47, Ballads from the Dust Bowl Disc 610: 5011A], with melody adapteed from ‘Goodnight Irene.’ Also by Rambling Jack Elliott [in U.K., ’57 single, ‘Rambling Blues‘ Topic TRC 103, released on ’63 LP Talking Woody Guthrie Topic 12 T 93], Odetta [’63, One Grain of Sand Vanguard VSD 2153], Earl Scruggs [‘72, Live at Kansas State Columbia 31578]
Amelia Earhart's Last Flight (David D. McEnery) Red River Dave (McEnery) [’45, Savoy 3021; many sources say it was recorded in ‘41, but this is the only specific recording reference I could find], the Greenbriar Boys [’62, The Greenbriar Boys Vanguard VRS-9104], Country Gentlemen [‘68, Traveler and Other Favorites Rebel SLP 1481]
Stealin' (Memphis Jug Band) ‘Stealin’, Stealin’’ by the Memphis Jug Band [‘28, Victor V38504]
Old Rugged Cross (Rev. George Bennard) Written in 1912 by an evangelistic Methodist minister, published in 1915, first recorded by Homer Rodeheaver & Virginia Asher [’21, Victor 18706]. Among the many subsequent recordings are by Afro-American gospel acts such as the C.A. Tindley Bible Class Singers [’26, Paramount 12378], the Silvertone Jubilee Quartette [‘38, Vocalion 04799], the Southernaires [‘41, Decca 3922], the Pilgrim Travelers [’48, Specialty 357], the Ward Singers [’50, Savoy 4024]; the Harmonizing Four [’64, Vee Jay LP 5054], and Mahalia Jackson [’65, Columbia LP 2546]; and country acts such as the Jenkins Family [‘25, Okeh 40287], George Reneau [‘25, Vocalion 15348], the Vaughan Quartet [‘25, Vaughan 1400], Harkreader & Moore [’27, Paramount 3061], Lester McFarland & Robert A. Gardner [‘28, Brunswick 190], Frank & James McCravy [‘28, Vocalion 5293], Mr. & Mrs. Frank Welling & John McGhee [’30, Champion 16169], the Light Crust Doughboys [’35, Vocalion 03064], the Sons of the Pioneers [‘49, RCA Victor 48-0096] and Tennessee Ernie Ford [’56, Hymns Capitol DT-756]
Dark As a Dungeon (Merle Travis) Merle Travis [’47. Folk Songs of the Hills Capitol #50, released in ‘57 as Back Home, T-Capitol 891], Maddox Brothers & Rose [’50, 4 Star 45-1540], Tennessee Ernie Ford [‘56, This Lusty Land Capitol T-700, single ’61, Capitol 4531], Mac Wiseman [‘55, rel. ‘61, Dot 45-16194], Cisco Houston [‘60, The Cisco Special! Vanguard VST 9057], and the Green River Boys, featuring Glen Campbell [‘62, Big Bluegrass Special Capitol ST-1810], Johnny Cash [‘64, Columbia 42964, and ‘68 Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison Columbia CS 9639],
Old Black Joe (Stephen Foster) William Tuson [1897 clarinet solo, Phonograph], Craig Thomas [1898, vocal], Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan, Pete Hampton [‘05, Edison Bell (Br.) 6531], Peerless Quartet [’08, Victor 5562], Fisk Jubilee Singers [‘09, Victor 35097], Riley Puckett [’24, Columbia 15005-D], Mills Brothers [‘40, Decca 3132]