dinsdag 23 september 2014

Crowing Rooster (1927) / Minglewood Blues (1928) / Roll And Tumble blues (1929) / If I had Possession Over Judgment Day (1937) / Rollin' and Tumblin' (1950)


"Rollin' and Tumblin'" (or "Roll and Tumble Blues") is a blues song first recorded by American singer/guitarist Hambone Willie Newbern in 1929.
Called a "great Delta blues classic", it has been interpreted by hundreds of Delta and Chicago blues artists, including well-known recordings by Muddy Waters.
"Rollin' and Tumblin'" has also been refashioned by a variety of rock-oriented artists.

Hambone Willie Newbern's "Roll and Tumble Blues" shares several elements of "Minglewood Blues", by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers.
But both are also similar in melody to "The Crowing Rooster", already recorded in 1927 by Walter Rhodes with "Pet" and "Can".
("The Crowing Rooster" itself was almost literally covered by Charley Patton in 1929 as "Banty Rooster Blues" (see further on in this topic)


(o) Walter Rhodes with "Pet" and "Can" (1927)  (as "The Crowing Rooster")
Walter Rhodes, voc, voc effects, accordion; 'Pet' & 'Can' (Maylon & Richard Harney). g, sp
Recorded Dec. 10, 1927, Memphis, Tenn.;
Released on Columbia 14289-D

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Going to buy me a rooster : put him in my back door (2x)
See a stranger coming : he'll flap his wings and crow

What you want with a rooster : he won't crow 'fore day (2x)
What you want with a woman : won't do nothing she say

What you want with a hen : won't cackle when she lay (2x)
What you want with a man : won't do nothing he say

Going to take my picture : hang it up against the wall (2x)
And if I ask you what about it : daddy that's all that's all

I'll take my picture : put it in a frame (2x)
So if I die : you can see me just the same

I know my dog : anywhere I hear him bark (2x)
I can tell my baby : if I see her in the dark

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(o) Cannon's Jug Stompers (1928)  (as "Minglewood Blues")
Gus Cannon, bj, jug; Ashley Thompson, g, voc; Noah Lewis, hca
Recorded January 30, 1928 at Memphis Auditorium in Memphis, Tenn;
Released on Victor 21267.

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Don't you never let one woman worry your mind (2)
Then she keep you worried, worried all the time

Don't you wish your Sarah was little and cute like mine (2)
She's a married woman but she comes to see me some time

Don't you never let your woman rule your mind (2)
She keep you troubled, worried all the time

Well I got a letter, lord, you ought to heard it read (2)
If you're coming back baby now be on your way

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(c) Hambone Willie Newbern (1929)  (as "Roll And Tumble Blues")
Hambone Willie Newbern recorded "Roll and Tumble Blues" on March 14, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia for Okeh Records.

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And I rolled and I tumbled and I cried the whole night long
And I rolled and I tumbled and I cried the whole night long
And I rosed this morning mama and I didn't know right from wrong

Did you ever wake up and find your dough‑roller gone
Did you ever wake up and find your dough‑roller gone
And you wrings your hands and you cry the whole day long

And I told my woman Lord [just] before I left her town
And I told my woman Lord [just] before I left her town
Don't she let nobody tear her barrelhouse down

And I fold my arms Lord and I [slowly] walked away
And I fold my arms Lord and I [slowly] walked away
Says that's all right sweet mama your trouble going to come some day

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Noah Lewis then wrote a different song, called "New Minglewood Blues", loosely based on the earlier "Minglewood Blues".
And all the verses were borrowed from 2 earlier songs:

"Water Bound Blues" by Texas Alexander (recorded June 15, 1929)

Lyrics borrowed:
I was raised in the desert, born in a lion's den
I was raised in the desert, born in a lion's den
Says, my chief occupation takin' monkey men's women

Listen here (at 2 min and 7 seconds in the YT below)

http://weeniecampbell.com/wiki/index.php?title=Water_Bound_Blues


"It Won't Be Long" by Charley Patton (recorded June 14, 1929)

Lyrics borrowed:
If you ever go down Memphis, stop by Menglewood
If you ever go down Memphis, stop by Menglewood
You Memphis women don't mean no man no good

http://www.taco.com/roots/minglewood.html

Listen here (at 34 seconds in the spotify-file right here below)

Charley Patton – It Won't Be Long


"New Minglewood Blues" was recorded on November 26, 1930 by Noah Lewis's Jug Band
Noah Lewis, h/v; John Estes, g; Yank Rachel, md; Ham Lewis, j.
Released on Victor 23266

Listen here:

http://grooveshark.com/s/New+Minglewood+Blues/36tERB?src=5


This version of "New Minglewood Blues" was covered by the Grateful Dead in 1967 on their first album as "New New Minglewood Blues".

http://www.whitegum.com/introjs.htm?/songfile/NEWMINGL.HTM

http://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Roots-Of-The-Grateful-Dead/release/3780628



Other bluesmen recorded their own versions of "Minglewood blues"/ "Roll And Tumble Blues", with varied lyrics.


(c) Charley Patton (1929)  (as "Banty Rooster Blues")
Recorded June 14, 1929 in Richmond, IND
Released on Paramount 12792-B

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LYRICS:
http://bluesdust.freehostia.com/component/content/article/2-b/166-banty-rooster-blues-charley-patton.html

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As I said earlier on in this topic "Banty Rooster Blues" itself was in fact a literal cover of "The Crowing Rooster" by Walter Rhodes

http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/88319/versions#nav-entity

On the same day Charley Patton also used the melody for another song.
(c) Charley Patton (1929)  (as "It Won't Be Long")
Recorded June 14, 1929 in Richmond, IND
Released on Paramount 12854

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When he was 15 years of age, Sleepy John Estes and family moved to Brownsville, Tennessee. Brownsville was also home to his cousin, Hambone Willie Newbern, an important early influence. So Estes probably reworked Newbern's "Roll And Tumble Blues" and wrote some new words.

(c) Sleepy John Estes (1929)  (as "The Girl I Love She Got Long Curly Hair"
Sleepy John Estes (vocals and guitar), Yank Rachell (vocals), Johnnie Hardge (piano)
Recorded September 24, 1929 in Memphis, TEN.
Released on Victor V-38549-B

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http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800026684/BVE-55581-The_girl_I_love_she_got_long_curly_hair

Now, I'm goin' to Brownsville an take that right hand road
Now, I'm goin' to Brownsville take that right hand road
Lord, I ain't gon' stop walkin' 'till I get in sweet mama's do'

Now, the girl I'm lovin' she got the great, long, curly hair
Now, the girl I'm lovin' she's got the great, long, curly hair
An her mama an her papa they sho' don't 'llow me there

If you catch my duffel hangin' upside yo' wall
If you catch my duffel hangin' upside yo' wall
Now, you know by that, babe I need my ashes hauled

Now, what cha' gon do, babe yo' doughroller gone?
What you gon do, babe yo' doughroller gone?
Go in yo' kitchen, Lordy cook until she comes.

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In 1938 Estes re-recorded the song as "Browsville Blues"
In 1969 Led Zeppelin covered "The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair" for BBC radio.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_I_Love_She_Got_Long_Black_Wavy_Hair



(c) Garfield Akers (1930)  (as "Dough Roller Blues")
Recorded February 21, 1930, Memphis, Tenn.; Garfield Akers, voc, g;
Released on Vocalion 1481

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Yes, I rolled and I tumbled and I cried the whole night long
Yes, I rolled and I tumbled and I cried the whole night long
Yes, I rolled this mornin', and I didn't know right from wrong

Have you ever woke up then, and found your dough roller gone?
Have you ever woke up then, found your dough roller gone?
Then you wring your hand and you cried "oooo" whole day long

Yes, I told my woman just before I left the town
Yes, I told my woman just before I left the town
Don't you let nobody tear that old barrelhouse down

Yes, I fold my arm, and I begin to walk away
Says, I fold my arm, then I begin to walk away
I said, "That's all right, sweet mama, your trouble's gonna come some day

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(c) Robert Johnson (1936)  (as "If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day")
Recorded November 27, 1936 in San Antonio, TX;
Robert Johnson, voc, g
Not issued on a 78 record.
Released in 1961 on the following album

http://www.wirz.de/music/johnsonr/grafik/cl16544.jpg

http://www.wirz.de/music/johnsonr/grafik/cl1654b4.jpg

Robert Johnson "borrowed" 2 verses from Hambone Willie Newbern.

If I had possession, over judgment day
If I had possession, over judgment day
Lord, the little woman I'm lovin' wouldn't, have no right to pray

And I went to the mountain, lookin' as far as my eyes could see
And I went to the mountain, lookin' as far as my eyes would see
Some other man got my woman, and these lonesome blues got me

And I rolled and I tumbled and I, cried the whole night long
And I rolled and I tumbled and I, cried the whole night long
Boy, I woke up this mornin', my biscuit roller gone

Had to fold my arms and I, slowly walked away
(spoken: I didn't like the way she done)
Had to fold my arms and I, slowly walked away
I said in my mind, "Yo' trouble gon' come some day

Now run here, baby, set down on my knee
Now run here, baby, set down on my knee
I wanna tell you all about the way they treated me

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While he was still under contract with the Chess Brothers' Aristoctrat-label, Muddy Waters recorded a version of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" for the rival Parkway label, featuring his band mates Little Walter and Baby Face Leroy Foster.
The Parkway label credits the Baby Face Leroy Trio, with vocals by Leroy, and Muddy Waters as the songwriter. They recorded 2 parts on both sides of a 78 RPM.
But unlike most such releases that are divided into parts, "Rollin’ and Tumblin'" was really two takes of the song, one with sung lyrics and the other with wordless moaning. The original Parkway release listed the moaning take as Part 1 and the lyrics take as Part 2.

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Leroy Foster, voc, dr; Little Walter, voc, hca; Muddy Waters, g, voc
Recorded January 1950 in Chicago, IL;

http://myweb.clemson.edu/~campber/parkway.html

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Leonard Chess was not amused that Muddy Waters had recorded the song for the Parkway-label and in February 1950 Leonard Chess insisted that Waters record the song again for the Chess Brother's Aristocrat-label (less than a month after Waters had recorded the version for the rival Parkway label).
Whatever the motive behind it, the Aristocrat session, which would be the last to use only Big Crawford's bass for accompaniment, was superb. It produced a new two-part "Rollin' and Tumblin'", released on Aristocrat 412. For the second part, Muddy recycled lyrics from two 1948 sides that Aristocrat had left in the vault: "Kind Hearted Woman" and "Down South Blues".

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Muddy Waters (v,g), Big Crawford (b)
Recorded February 1950 in Chicago, IL;

http://myweb.clemson.edu//~campber/aristocrat.html

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In 1948 Muddy Waters had already used the tune, though not the words, for his "Down South Blues" which he recorded for the Aristocrat-label.

http://myweb.clemson.edu/~campber/aristocrat.html

It was re-reased in 1960 on the next album

http://www.discogs.com/Muddy-Waters-More-Real-Folk-Blues/release/1310596 http://www.discogs.com/Muddy-Waters-More-Real-Folk-Blues/release/1310596

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A few months after Baby Face Leroy and Muddy Waters 78s came out, John Lee Hooker recorded his "Rock N' Roll" recorded in Detroit, with slideless guitar playing and foot-tapping. His opening lyrics paid hommage to Newbern’s version, and he ended the same way as Baby Face Leroy’s "Rollin' and Tumblin' Part 2":
Engineer blew the whistle and the fireman rung the bell
Engineer blew the whistle and the fireman rung the bell
Lord, I didn’t have time to tell my baby ‘Fare you well’

(c) John Lee Hooker (1950)  (as "Rock N' Roll")
Recorded in Detroit on April 28, 1950.
Produced by Bernie Besman.
Released on Modern 767.

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http://www.johnleehooker.info/recording_details.php?r=701

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An alternate take from the same session was released in 1970.
John Lee Hooker  (as "Rollin' Blues" (alt. take of "Roll N' Roll")
Recorded April 28, 1950 in Detroit.
Released on Specialty album "Alone" (SPS 2125)

 http://www.johnleehooker.info/recording_details.php?r=702

http://www.discogs.com/John-Lee-Hooker-Alone/release/3551818

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(c) Sunnyland Slim (1954)  (as "Going Back to Memphis"
Sunnyland Slim, voc, p; Snooky Pryor, hca; Eddie Taylor or Floyd Jones, g
Recorded early 1954 in Chicago, IL;
Released on Blue Lake 105.

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http://www.secondhandsongs.com/release/41734

http://www.wirz.de/music/jonesfl/grafik/bl105a4.jpg

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(c) Elmore James (1960)  (as "Rollin And Tumblin")
And of course Fire-boss Bobby Robinson is credited as "author" !
Elmore James, voc, g; saxes; prob. Johnny Acey, p; Jimmy Spruill, g; Homesick James, b-g; Sam Myers, dr
Recorded May 23/4, 1960 in New York
Released on Fire 1024

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(c) Howlin Wolf (1961) (as "Down In The Bottom")
Howlin' Wolf, voc, # g; Johnny Jones, p; Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, g; Willie Dixon, b; Sam Lay, dr
Recorded  May 1961 in Chicago, IL;
Released on Chess 1793

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Howlin Wolf's "Down In The Bottom" was in fact a re-working of Bumble Bee Slim's "Meet Me In The Bottom" (1936), which itself was a re-working of Buddy Moss' "Oh Lordy Mama" (1934).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Lawdy_Mama_(blues_song)

http://www.popmatters.com/post/140422-howlin-wolf/



Since the 1960s the song has also been played and recorded by numerous blues-rock bands, including

(c) Cream (1966)  (as "Rollin' And Tumblin'")
On their debut, Fresh Cream (credited to Muddy Waters)

http://www.discogs.com/Cream-Fresh-Cream/release/1419841

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(c) Yardbirds (1966) (as "Drinking Muddy Water")

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(c) Canned Heat (1967)  (as "Rollin' And Tumblin'")
On their eponymous debut album (credited to Muddy Waters)

http://www.discogs.com/Canned-Heat-Canned-Heat/release/5083728

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(c) Captain Beefheart (1967)  (as "Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do")
With a first line ("I Was Born In The Desert") borrowed from "New Minglewood Blues" / "Water Bound Blues".

http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2025053




(c) Johnny Winter (1968)  (as "Rollin' And Tumblin'")
On his debut album (credited to Muddy Waters)

http://www.discogs.com/Winter-The-Progressive-Blues-Experiment/release/5482175

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(c) Blues Creation on their 1969 debut album

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(c) Fleetwood Mac (1971)  (as "Rambling Pony No. 2")
Recorded in 1967 and previously unreleased.
Finally released in 1971 on the album The Original Fleetwood Mac

http://discog.fleetwoodmac.net/songs.php?sid=187&perfid=15303

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But already in 1967 Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac released a version (as "Rambling Pony") on the B-side of "I Believe My Time Ain't Long".
Recorded on September 9, 1967 at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Original Release: CBS/Blue Horizon #3051

http://discog.fleetwoodmac.net/discog.php?pid=817

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(c) Bonnie Raitt (1971)  (as "Rollin' And Tumblin'")
Live at Syracuse University, New York, March 27th, 1971





(c) Eric Clapton (1992)  (as "Rollin' And Tumblin'")
On his Unplugged album

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(c) Eric Clapton (2004)  (as "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day")
On his album Me and Mr. Johnson

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(c) Bob Dylan (2006)  (as "Rollin' And Tumblin'")
The song was recorded by Bob Dylan for his 2006 album Modern Times.
Dylan claims authorship of the song on most versions of his record. While musically the arrangement is very similar to the Muddy Waters version, Dylan's introduces all new verses, though retaining the two opening lines.

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100+ versions here: http://hylblog.edu.hel.fi/wpmu/mrahikka/rollin-and-tumblin/
and another great history of the song here http://jasobrecht.com/rollin-tumblin-story-song/

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=4184

http://www.keeponliving.at/song/rollin'_and_tumblin'.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollin'_and_Tumblin'


The blues-pattern of "Crowing Rooster" / "Minglewood Blues" / "Rool And Tumble Blues" is also similar to other bluessongs like "44 Blues" and "32-20 Blues"

SEE NEXT LINK http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/search/label/44%20Blues%20%281929%29

SEE NEXT LINK http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/search/label/32-20%20Blues%20%281930%29


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