Shake Your Money-Maker Elmore James [‘61, Fire 504]
Blues With a Feeling (W. Jacobs) Little Walter [‘53, Checker 780]
I Got My Mojo Working (Morganfield) Muddy Waters [‘57, Chess 1652; and 1960 Live at Newport Chess LP 1449, ‘Pt. 2’ on Chess 1774], Ann Cole [‘57, Baton 237]
Mellow Down Easy (W. Dixon) Little Walter [‘54, Checker 805]
Mystery Train Little Junior’s Blue Flames (Junior Parker) [‘53, Sun 192], Elvis Presley [‘55, Sun 233]
Last Night (W. Jacobs) ) Little Walter [‘54, Checker 805]
Look Over Yonders Wall (J. Clark) Jazz Gillum [‘46, Victor 20-1974], Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup [‘49, ‘Hand Me Down My Walking Cane‘, Victor 22-0100], Elmore James [‘61, Fire 504], Little Junior Parker [‘62, Duke 367]
Walkin' Blues (Johnson) Robert Johnson [‘36, Vocalion 03601], Muddy Waters [‘50, Chess 1426]. It had its origins with Son House, Johnson’s inspiration. The tune is the same as ‘My Black Mama (Parts I and II)’ [‘30, Paramount 13042], and at least one of the verses is from an unreleased ‘Walkin’ Blues’ from the same session, although the tune is not as close. The same tune was used in House’s ‘Death Letter’ [‘65, Columbia LP CL 2417].
Get Out Of My Life, Woman (Toussaint) Lee Dorsey [‘66, Amy 945]
I Got a Mind to Give Up Living (trad.) This looks like an original. B.B. King performed in Live in Kansas City 1972 [apparently not released until the ‘90s at least].
All These Blues (trad.) Little Junior Parker [‘65, ‘These Kind of Blues’ Duke 394]
Work Song (Adderley, Brown) (Brown, Adderley) A jazz song by Nat Adderley [‘60, Work Song Riverside RP-1167], also appearing on several records by his brother Cannonball Adderley’s group, of which he was a member. Vocalist Oscar Brown, Jr., put words to it [‘60, Sin & Soul Columbia 1577], and it was also recorded by Nina Simone [‘61, Colpix 197]. A version by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass hit the charts in 1966 [A&M 805].
Mary Mary (Mike Nesmith - of the Monkees!) Introduced here, but appearing in 1967 on More of the Monkees [Colgems 102].
Two Trains Running (Davis) Originating as ‘Catfish Blues’ by Robert Petway, this song has many variations, including ‘Deep Blue Sea’ by Tommy McLennan, and ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘Still a Fool’ by Muddy Waters. Also recorded by the Blues Project [‘66, Projections [‘66, Verve Folkways FT-3008]. The writing credit to Davis refers to Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [‘63, Takoma TAK 7081 and ‘65, Elektra EKL 303].
Never Say No (Percy Mayfield) Originating as 'Never Say Naw' by Percy Mayfield 1963 [Tangerine 45 TRC 9270.
One More Heartache (Robinson, White, Moore, Rogers, Tarplin) Marvin Gaye [‘66, Tamla 54129].
Driftin' and Driftin' (Brown, Moore, Williams) ‘Drifting Blues’ by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, featuring Charles Brown [‘46, Philo 112].
Pity the Fool (D. Malone) Bobby Bland [‘61, Duke 332]
Born Under a Bad Sign (B.T. Jones, W. Bell) Albert King [‘67, Stax 217]
Double Trouble (Otis Rush) Otis Rush [‘58, Cobra 5030]
Drivin' Wheel (R. Sykes) Roosevelt Sykes [‘36, Decca 7252], Little Junior Parker [‘61, Duke 335]
Tollin' Bells Willie Dixon [‘56, Checker 841]
Just to Be With You (Roth) Muddy Waters [‘56, Chess 1644]
Losing Hand (C. Calhoun) Ray Charles [‘53, Atlantic 1037]
Walking By Myself (Lane) Jimmy Rogers [‘56, Chess 1643]
Except You (J. Ragovoy) producer
Where Did My Baby Go (J. Ragovoy) producer; later recorded on another Ragovoy production, Howard Tate [‘72, Atlantic 8303]
Pretty Woman (A. Williams) Albert King [‘66, ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ Stax 197]
Drowned In My Own Tears (Henry Glover) ) Sonny Thompson with Lula Reed vocal ‘I’ll Drown in My Tears’ [‘52, King 45-4527], better known by Ray Charles [‘56, Atlantic 1085]
New Walkin' Blues (Robert Johnson) See ‘Walkin’ Blues’ above
Please Send Me Someone to Love (Percy Mayfield) Percy Mayfield [‘50, Specialty 375x45]
Done a Lot of Wrong Things (Bobby Charles) Original
Baby Please Don't Go (Big Joe Williams) Big Joe Williams [‘42, Bluebird 8969], Lightnin’ Hopkins [‘49, Gold Star 1949], Orioles [‘51, Jubilee 5065], Billy Wright [‘51, ‘Keep Your Lamp Down Low’, Savoy 827], Muddy Waters [‘53, ‘Keep Your Lamp Down Low’, Chess 1543; also ‘63 version, Chess LP 1449], Mose Allison [‘60, Columbia 41717], John Lee Hooker [rec. ‘52, rel. ‘61 Chess LP 1454]
Buried Alive in the Blues (Nick Gravenites) Janis Joplin [‘71, Pearl Columbia 30322] died before recording the vocal track.
Rule the Road (Eric Von Schmidt) Original?
Nobody's Fault But Mine (Nina Simone) Blind Willie Johnson [‘27, ‘It’s…‘ Colombia 14303-D], Nina Simone [‘68, Nina Simone and Piano RCA Victor LSP 4102]. Later adapted by Led Zeppelin on Presence [‘76, Swan Song 8416]
Too Many Drivers (Hogg) Big Bill Bronzy [‘39, Vocalion 05096], Smokey Hogg [‘47, aka ‘Little Car Blues’ Modern 20-532], the Larks [‘51, ‘Little Side Car’ Apollo 429], Lowell Fulsom [‘51, ‘Let Me Ride in Your Automobile’ Swing Time 325], Smiley Lewis [‘54., Imperial 5316]
If You Live (Allison) Mose Allison [‘58, Creek Bank Prestige PR 7152]
Poor Boy Ramblin’ Thomas [‘28, Paramount 12722]. Howlin’ Wolf did a version with his own words [‘58, Chess 1679]
It All Comes Back (Bobby Charles) Original