A To Z Blues

There were a few requests in my inbox this morning for more Josie Miles, so I picked A To Z Blues, which she introduces but the song is taken over by Billy Higgins who doesn’t do her any favors by singing lead on this song. A to Z Blues is an interesting song because it might be the most violent of all the murder blues songs. It’s so gory in fact it’s almost comical and later versions of the song seem to follow that idea as they become more sing-songy rather than mean and forceful way Higgins sings the song. These are all the versions of the song that I have, are there any more?
Josie Miles – A To Z Blues (1924)
Blind Willie McTell – A To Z Blues (1949)

Blind Willie McTell – A To Z Blues (1956)

Butterbeans and Susie – A To Z Blues (1924)

Charley Jordan – Cutting My ABCs (1937)


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By ragdog on 10.24.06 4:50 pm

What a great site this is!

I’ve found a couple of “poor boy” songs instead.

Long Ways From Home -Louise Johnson (1930)
Poor Boy A Long Way From Home -Barbecue Bob
Po’boy -Bukka White (1939)
Po’boy Long Way From Home -Sonny Chestain(1941)
Po Boy blues -John Dudley
Po’ Gal -Zora Neale Hurston (1939)
Poor Boy A Long Way From Home -Gus Cannon

By Bill Compton on 06.04.07 3:54 pm

Hi Jim. Photos i received. Thanks

By angshuman on 01.23.08 4:30 am

good q.

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