Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Two months after Roosevelt Sykes made the first recording of “44 Blues” Sykes’ mentor Lee Green recorded his take on the piece, “Number Forty-Four Blues.” Two months later, accompanied by Blind Leroy Garnett on piano, James Wiggins sang a powerful “cover” of Sykes’ record, called “Forty-Four Blues.”

Lee Green • Number Forty-Four Blues • 1929

James Wiggins • Forty-Four Blues • 1929

For the next installment in our saga, we will again jump ahead to the 1950s and the Mississippi Delta, with featured artists Junior Brooks and Peck Curtis. Stay tuned. . . .

Note: The Kid and I will both be out of the office for a few days, but keep those cards and letters coming, and we’ll tend to them just as soon as we can. Happy listening. . . .  —FJ

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