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Question: What's the most classic and quintissential blues song ever recorded?
by DoctorWu on 2012-12-19 11:05:51

In your opinion, that is ...

Don't worry, I'm having a very tough time coming up with an answer to this one too.  But I'd love to hear a lot of replies to my question.  It might lead me to something that I've never had the opportunity to listen to before (and that would be great!).

Wu 




Re: Question: What's the most classic and quintissential blues song ever recorded?
by DoctorWu on 2012-12-19 14:59:28

OK, I'll offer my opinion and see if this gets things started.  My pick would be "Drown In My Own Tears."  The song was written by Henry Glover way back in 1956, but it's been covered about 30 differnt times since then by various artists; the most notable being the Ray Charles version of the song. 

But, my favorite cover version of this song is the one recored by Johnny Winter around 1968 or '69.  The music is great on that version, with Johnny's brother Edgar playing both the sax and the piano track in the recording.  Every time it gets to the part where the lead singer says "Come on and cry...",  I just want to bust out with a mean blues lick on my guitar.

BTW, Johnny Winter provides the lead vocal in that version, but I prefer Ray Charles' voice.  What would really great (to me) would be if you could put Ray Charles voice in the Johhny Winter cover version.  But you can't have it all, I guess.  Ray's version is in the key of A and Johnny's version is in C.  Maybe Bruno Mars should record this song in the key of C and do the music just like the Johnny Winter version  Hot dang!  That would be great.  I can dream can't I? 



Re: Question: What's the most classic and quintissential blues song ever recorded?
by phil_m on 2012-12-19 18:37:07

"Stormy Monday" comes to mind right away, but there a few others I can think of too. Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues" (or just "Crossroads") is another one.



Re: Question: What's the most classic and quintissential blues song ever recorded?
by DoctorWu on 2012-12-20 10:39:09

Love the Allman Bros version of that song.




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