Sunday, May 14, 2006

Old Blue

While I was growing up we had a dog. He was nothing fancy, just a big ol' mutt. But he was the best friend a young boy could have.

Dogs are a common subject of song. "Old Blue" is a simple song about a dog. It's been done countless times in countless styles. With each version the song changes to suit the performer. It was a popular song with the medicine shows and got passed between musicians and regions, and as it passed it evolved, taking on the local flavor at each stop.

The first recording of "Old Blue" that I am aware of was a blues version by Jim Jackson. Recorded for Victor in Memphis, Tennessee on February 2, 1928, but it was a standard on many musician's playlists by then.

Here are two different takes on the theme.

Brooks Williams - Old Blue.mp3

Ian and Sylvia - Old Blue.mp3

3 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

You were lucky to have a dog as a young feller Ed. All I had was a case of empties named Lucky.

May 16, 2006 10:25 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

A case of empties, eh?
Those must have been *mighty* hard times on the Alberta plains!

May 17, 2006 6:26 PM  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Times were so hard we ate bottle caps for breakfast.

May 17, 2006 8:22 PM  

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