"I ain't had no lovin' since you've been gone": Corrine, Corrina
It may have been Ray Peterson’s hit version in the early 1960s, or it could have been one of my Grandmother’s Bing Crosby records spinning on the old record player. However it got burned into my memory, Corrine, Corrina has remained a favorite.
Bo Carter (of the Mississippi Sheiks) is credited with writing Corrine, Corrina. It was during a session in New Orleans the first few weeks of December 1928 that Corrine, Corrina was first recorded. Bo Carter, whose given name was Armenter Chatmon, was accompanied by his older brother Lonnie Chatmon on fiddle and Charlie McCoy on mandolin and second vocals. On the 17th of that same December Bo Carter and Charlie McCoy returned to the studio, this time with Walter Vincson on guitar and calling themselves the Jackson Blue Boys. On that day the Jackson Blue Boys recorded Alberta, Alberta, the same song but substituting Alberta for Corrina.
Bo Carter, the Mississippi Sheiks, and most of the Chatmon family made a good living playing to both black and white audiences. They knew how to incorporate pop elements (including “hooks”) into their music. This made their music appealing to a much wider audience; black/white, city/country. You may remember another one of Bo Carter’s songs that has withstood the test of time, Sitting On Top of the World, which I have mentioned in a series of past posts (Intro, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
Like Sitting on Top of the World, Corrine, Corrina has been recorded by a long list of artists over the years, and just as Bo Carter incorporated many elements of popular music in his original recording, the artists that have covered his songs have added their own touches, keeping these classic songs alive for generations to enjoy.
194? (I could not find an original issue date, anyone know?)
And a video of John Kay & Steppenwolf.