Saturday, October 22, 2011

1000 SONGS - DAY 107: SONG # 137

DAY 107: Corinne, Corinna

This is a song I guess every reader of this blog knows, as there are hundreds of versions of it, f.e. the rather fine cover done by Bob Dylan - from his 2nd album, "The Freewheelin Bob Dylan" and others that have to be listed among the big crimes committed against good taste in music (I won't name them here).

The song was first recorded by Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon, a man from the Mississippi Delta, also known as part of the Mississippi Sheiks, a group consisting mainly of members of his family. Here is his recording of the song from 1928:

The Mississippi Sheiks' Biggest siccess was the often covered "Sitting on Top of the World"

In 1930, Red Nichols did a jazz version of Corrine, Corrina, that was to become a western swing standard later on:

Nevrtheless, I do like the fingerpcking versions of the song more than any other. In my opinion. Mississippi John Hurt has done a very decent version, still worth listening to for more than just historical reasons:

The last version of the song featured here goes out to all the aspiring young guitar players in the world: Leo Kottke, one of the Gods of the accoustic guitar with his live rendition of the "traditional":

As a bonus track, Missippi John Hurt's wonderful version of another favourite of mine from the American Song Book, I shall not be moved:

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