‘Little Sister Blues’ is a fun Blues song about a man who seems somewhat bewildered by his girlfriend’s lack of fidelity, but he loves her just the same and wants her back with him. It features heavy use of electric Blues guitar as well as backing vocals.
Well her Mama told my sister
And my sister told my Dad
Daddy shook his head
Said son, she’s done you bad
I’m crying every morning
I’m moaning every night
Why won’t that cheating woman love me
And treat me right
She was walking downtown this morning
Her arms on another man
And they were laughing and they were joking
Making all their little plans
Does she love me, does she want me
Will she tell me straight up and down
Will I always be the little woman’s
Well on Monday she told me Tuesday
But Tuesday she’s not around
Wednesday I went to see her
That girl was out of town
The way she treats me, the way she hurts me
The way she’s done me what a fool I’ve been
But you know I love that woman
And I want her back again
‘The House of the Rising Sun’ performed by Max Phillips.
Wikipedia notes that the oldest known existing recording of ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ is by Appalachian artists Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster and was made in 1933. Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley. This original recording contains the essential elements about the house that leads to personal ruin through drinking and gambling, along with the notion of traveling from town to town and returning one day to New Orleans to that house called ‘The Rising Sun’.
In 1937 the musicologist Alan Lomax recorded a version by Georgia Turner in Kentucky that was titled ‘The Rising Sun Blues’. Additional verses were provided by Bert Martin also from Kentucky. These lyrics closely conform to the well-known hit by Eric Burden and the Animals in 1964.
Many other artists recorded their own versions in the 1930’s including the Country music artist Roy Acuff.
In the 40’s and 50’s the tradition continued with recordings by Leadbelly, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.
By the early 1960’s it had become a staple of the folk music scene and was recorded by such well known singers as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. This era was eclipsed by the Animals version that brought the 60’s R&B style with electric organ and electric guitar along with a genuine blues inspired vocal by Eric Burden. This recording was a No.1 in England and the U.S.A. and a hit in many other countries as well.
Since that time there is a long list of notable artists who have recorded this song in many and various styles, including Dolly Parton, Doc Watson, Jerry Garcia, BB King, Marianne Faithful, Sinead O’Connor, Alan Price, Bachmann Turner Overdrive, Duane Eddy, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Henry Mancini and Jimi Hendrix, .
The earliest mention of any “Rising Sun” in New Orleans can be found in the ‘Louisiana Gazette’ in 1821. An advertisement appears for the “Rising Sun Hotel” in Conti Street. In 1822 it was reported that a fire broke out in the Rising Sun Hotel and ‘the whole of that extensive building was entirely consumed.’ It does not appear the hotel was rebuilt or reopened after the fire.
There is no known single author for ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ and it is accepted as a ‘traditional’ song having evolved through many versions over perhaps two hundred years.
A new song on the Highway 61 theme that has been a fixture of the Blues genre for many years.
U. S. Highway 61 is known as the "blues highway," and many Blues artists have recorded songs about it. Starting in New Orleans just north of the Gulf of Mexico it runs through Memphis and up to the Canadian border. The highway has had a long emotional association with the notions of sadness and moving on…
I have uploaded one song to start this Blues channel but I will be uploading more as they are finished.
In the meantime I have songs on a Country Channel and an Adult Contemporary Channel...