Sunday, February 02, 2014

CARELESS LOVE

First published by W. C. Handy as “Loveless Love” in the early 20s, this song has been performed and recorded by countless performers over the years, from early jazz bands to hillbilly singers like Jimmie Tarlton and on and on up to the present day. Here is Lonnie Johnson’s take, first heard here on The Country Blues, a Folkways album compiled by Samuel Charters in 1959 to accompany his pioneering book of the same name. The book, and the record album, introduced many neophyte blues fans to some of the greatest country blues like Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Matchbox Blues” and Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues” along with songs by such as Big Bill, Leroy Carr, Bukka White, and Blind Willie Johnson.



Lonnie Johnson • Careless Love • 1928


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