Thursday, February 13, 2014


This is possibly the earliest version of “San Francisco Bay Blues,” and also possibly Jesse Fuller’s first recording. It was made in Oakland by J. R. Fulbright for his Elko label but not originally issued. Fuller went on to record a couple of albums worth of songs in the mid-50s, then recorded fairly extensively from 1958 on during the folk craze as his song became one of the big folkie tunes of the era. Lucky for us, there is plenty of Jesse Fuller’s music still available today. Two of the best collections are Frisco Bound (Arhoolie 360) and Move on Down the Line (Fledg’ling 3704).

Jesse Fuller • San Francisco Bay Blues • c. early 1950s

Photo: Jesse Fuller, copyright © 2014 by Brad Barrett. All rights reserved.

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