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ROLLIN’ & TUMBLIN’
KING BISCUIT – 2019
Rollin & Tumblin was recorded in 1929 by Willie Hambone Newbern. many artists have covered and changed it robert johnson even made it into a new song called “if i had possession over judgement day” he is one of my favorites so i blended his song into this one. just one verse but ooo it’s a good one. this performance is from king biscuit blues festival in helena, AR – 2019.
from wikipedia: “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. Other bluesmen recorded their own versions—such as “If I Had Possession over Judgment Day” by Robert Johnson in 1936, “Brownsville Blues” and “The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair” by Sleepy John Estes, “Goin’ Back to Memphis” by Sunnyland Slim, “Banty Blues” by Charley Patton, “Dough Roller Blues” by Garfield Akers and “Rollin’ Blues” by John Lee Hooker. The best-known version is Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”, with Ernest “Big” Crawford on bass, for the Chess brothers’ Aristocrat label in 1950. Leonard Chess insisted that Waters record the song less than a month after Waters had recorded a version for the rival Parkway label, featuring his bandmates 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. Elmore James recorded a different arrangement of the song in 1960, with himself credited as author.
KING BISCUIT BLUES FEST 2019
haha – so i put this together from a few different people’s cell phone footage that i pulled off facebook and adjusted til it all lined up timewise. hope y’all like it! This is my cover of a Bo Diddley / Willie Dixon song called “Pretty Thing”. i re-ordered or substituted some lyrics but not many, and changed the music to a small degree. “Pretty Thing” was written in 1955 by bassist Willie Dixon of Chess records. Bo Diddley performed and made it famous. I highly recommend listening to the original if you haven’t heard it – it’s sooo Great. link to original below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kAhq…
from wikipedia: “Pretty Thing” was recorded by Bo Diddley on July 14, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois – the same day as “Bring It to Jerome”. Producing the session were the Chess brothers – Leonard and Phil – and Bo Diddley. The performers on the song were Bo Diddley (vocals, guitar), Jerome Green (maracas), Lester Davenport (harmonica), and Clifton James (drums). Chart performance “Pretty Thing” was Diddley’s second charter on the U.S. Billboard R&B Singles chart reaching #4 sometime in 1956, and is Diddley’s third highest charter next to “Bo Diddley/I’m a Man” (#1) and “Say Man” (#3). “Pretty Thing” reached #34 on the UK Singles Chart.