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  posted on 2/19/2014 at 11:26 AM
I have put together a collection including every cover song recorded and released by the Allman Brothers Band. It does NOT include:
• Every song covered by the ABB in concert (which would be a VERY long list)
• Songs written or co-written by members of the ABB and first recorded by others, then recorded by the ABB, e.g "Soulshine" (it's not really a cover in my book if a member of the ABB wrote the song!)
• Songs written by others and first recorded by the ABB (e.g "Drunken Hearted Boy" by Elvin Bishop, at least as far as I can tell)
• Songs recorded by members of the ABB with other bands (including Allman Joys, Hourglass, solo records, etc..)
• Songs released on Instant Live or similar albums.
• Songs that “inspired” the ABB or that the ABB quote from (e.g. I have excluded Donovan’s “Once there was a mountain” which clearly inspired “Mountain Jam”, since Mountain Jam is a lot more than a cover.)

i.e. This list only includes songs written and recorded by other musicians that were later recorded and released by the ABB.

The songs are listed in the order in which they were first recorded by the ABB.

Most of these have been recorded many times by many different artists. It would be impossible to include every variation. For some there is one definitive recording. Others have more tangled roots, and I have included multiple versions where appropriate. My collection is:

Song - Artist - Allman Brothers Band Album Debut

1. Don't Want You No More - The Spencer Davis Group - The Allman Brothers Band
2. Someday Baby Blues - Sleepy John Estes - The Allman Brothers Band
3. Trouble No More - Muddy Waters - The Allman Brothers Band
4. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Willie Dixon - Idlewild South
5. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters - Idlewild South
6. Dimples - John Lee Hooker - Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970
7. Outskirts of Town - Casey Bill Weldon - Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970
8. Outskirts of Town - Ray Charles - Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970
9. Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell - At Fillmore East
10. Statesboro Blues – Taj Mahal - At Fillmore East
11. Done Somebody Wrong - Elmore James - At Fillmore East
12. Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker - At Fillmore East
13. Stormy Monday - Bobby “Blue” Bland - At Fillmore East
14. One Way Out - Elmore James - Eat a Peach
15. One Way Out - 1961 - Sonny Boy Williamson II - Eat a Peach
16. One Way Out - 1962 - Sonny Boy Williamson II - Eat a Peach
17. She's Fine She's Mine - Bo Diddley - Eat a Peach
18. You Don't Love Me - Willie Cobbs - Eat a Peach
19. You Don't Love Me Baby - Junior Wells & Buddy Guy - Eat a Peach
20. Jelly, Jelly - Billy Eckstine - Brothers and Sisters
21. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - Muddy Waters - Win, Lose or Draw
22. Sweet Mama - Billy Joe Shaver - Win, Lose or Draw
23. Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John - Enlightened Rogues
24. Blind Love - B.B. King - Enlightened Rogues
25. I Beg of You - Elvis Presley - Brothers of the Road
26. How Long Blues - Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell - Shades of Two Worlds
27. Sitting on Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks - Shades of Two Worlds
28. Things 'Bout Coming My Way - Tampa Red - Shades of Two Worlds
29. Come On In My Kitchen - Robert Johnson - Shades of Two Worlds
30. Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day - Blind Willie McTell - Evening with the Allman Brothers Band
31. The Same Thing - Willie Dixon - Evening with the Allman Brothers Band
32. The Same Thing - Muddy Waters - Evening with the Allman Brothers Band
33. Woman Across the River - Freddie King - Hittin' the Note
34. Heart of Stone - The Rolling Stones - Hittin' the Note
35. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Sonny Boy Williamson I - One Way Out



Notes:

• "Trouble No More," released by Muddy Waters in 1955, is a variation of "Someday Baby Blues," first recorded by Sleepy John Estes in 1935 (and by many others since then.) The opening verse and chorus are essentially the same, the rest of the lyrics were re-written by Waters.

• “(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” was written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters (then by many others.) I have included both the Dixon and Waters recordings.

• We Gonna Move (to the Outskirts of Town)" was recorded by Casey Bill Weldon in 1936, and covered by artists from Big Bill Broonzy and Louis Jordan to the Everly Brothers. The ABB based their version on a 1961 recording by Ray Charles, attributing the song to Charles (and it has been widely and incorrectly attributed to Charles.)

• “Statesboro Blues” was written and recorded by Blind Willie McTell in 1928, and covered by Taj Mahal 1968. Gregg gave Duane a copy of the Taj Mahal album, and the rest is ABB history

• "Stormy Monday" was written and first recorded by T-Bone Walker in 1947, then covered by Bobby “Blue” Bland in 1962. The ABB based their version on Bland’s release; Duane Allman introduces the song on Fillmore East by saying “We’re gonna do an old Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland song. Actually, it’s an old T-Bone Walker song.”

• "One Way Out" was first recorded by Elmore James in1960, but was not released. Alex Miller “Sonny Boy Williamson II” released a cover in 1961 and a different arrangement in 1962 (with Buddy Guy playing the familiar guitar vamp heard in the ABB cover.) Elmore James’s recording was eventually released in 1965. The ABB do not seem to have been strongly influenced by the Elmore James version, but I have included it as it was the first recording; the 1961 Sonny Boy Williamson II version was the first recording of the song to be released; and the 1962 Sonny Boy Williamson II arrangement appears to have had the most direct influence on the ABB.

• Willie Cobbs recorded "You Don't Love Me" in 1960, borrowing the repeating guitar figure, melody and many of the lyrics from Bo Diddley’s 1955 "She's Fine She's Mine.” In 1965, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy recorded “You Don’t Love Me Baby.” The ABB version most clearly draws from this recording.

• "Come On in My Kitchen" was first recorded by Robert Johnson in 1936, borrowing the melody from the Mississippi Sheiks’ 1930 "Sitting on Top of the World” (which the ABB have played live) and the guitar arrangement from Tampa Red's song 1931 "Things 'Bout Coming My Way.” "Sitting on Top of the World” and "Things 'Bout Coming My Way” are both based on "How Long Blues” recorded by Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell in 1928.

• “Midnight Blues" is a reworked version of “Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day” by Blind Willie McTell (not “Blues Around Midnight,” also by McTell, as is often reported.) The lyrics are new but borrow from the original: Where McTell sings “Blues grabbed me at midnight, didn't turn me loose til day” Dickey Betts sings “Got the blues like midnight, honey won't be long 'fore day” (borrowing the title of the McTell song and a phrase from the McTell lyric “The big star fallin', Mama, t'ain't long fo' day”). Where McTell sings “Maybe that sunshine'll drive these blues away” Betts sings “Wish that tornado would blow my blues away.”

• Like “Hoochie Coochie Man” and many Muddy Waters songs, “The Same Thing” was written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters. I have included both recordings.

• “Good Morning (Little) Schoolgirl” was recorded by John Lee Curtis “Sonny Boy Williamson I” (not to be confused with Sonny Boy Williamson II) in 1937.

All of these songs are readily available on itunes, amazon mp3, and in many cases on archive.org.

Some of these songs will sound immediately familiar to longtime ABB fans; others have been substantially reinterpreted by the ABB and may be less familiar.

I welcome any feedback on this list… Have I missed anything or gotten anything wrong?




[Edited on 2/20/2014 by wbcarley]

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  posted on 2/19/2014 at 03:16 PM
Thanks for your hard work.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2014 at 12:59 PM
bumpin for the effort.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2014 at 02:52 PM
26. How Long Blues - Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell - Shades of Two Worlds
27. Sitting on Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks - Shades of Two Worlds
28. Things 'Bout Coming My Way - Tampa Red - Shades of Two Worlds

Tell me more about these three songs. How/why are the listed as released on Shades of Two Worlds?

 

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  posted on 2/22/2014 at 10:17 AM
@hotlantatim, I have included "How Long Blues", "Sitting on top of the world" and "Things 'bout coming my way" (and referenced them to Shades of Two Worlds) because they were all source material for Robert Johnson's "Come On in My Kitchen."

With most old blues songs, there is rarely a single definitive "original". Early blues musicians borrowed liberally from others, and the earliest roots of many songs is undocumented and unrecorded.

In the case of Robert Johnson's "Come On in My Kitchen," the history (as best as I can tell) looks like this:
- "How Long Blues” was recorded by Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell in 1928.
- The Mississippi Sheiks’ recorded "Sitting on Top of the World” in 1930, borrowing heavily from "How Long Blues"
- Tampa Red recorded "Things 'Bout Coming My Way” in 1931, borrowing from some combination of "How Long Blues" and "Sitting on top of the world". His guitar arrangement and the melody (taken from the earlier songs) are clearly heard in "Come on in my kitchen"

So I have included all three in my list (plus "Come on in my kitchen" which is what appeared on Shades of Two Worlds). If you download these songs and listen to them, you can hear the evolution of the song.

I won't claim that my research on this is original, and I'm sure I have missed some things and made some mistakes, so I am hoping for feedback from fellow ABB fans!

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  posted on 2/22/2014 at 11:05 AM
Unless I'm in some alternate universe, the "You Don't Love Me" references should be from At Fillmore East and not Eat a Peach.
 

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  posted on 2/22/2014 at 11:08 AM
nice job cross-referencing that COIMKtchn info & thanks for the diligent research on this! very good info --

so what happens -- the 1 mynoot ever-so-slight hiccup gets mentioned, right?
Again, good stuff & thanks...

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  posted on 2/22/2014 at 04:17 PM
Great job! I did also make a compilation cd some years ago and sent it as a vine. Here's what I ended up with:

http://allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&fi le=viewthread&tid=61099#pid

 

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  posted on 2/22/2014 at 05:21 PM
Got it! Thanks for the info. I was hoping there three more old blues tunes that may be have been recorded by the Warren/Woody lineup of the ABB that I might have heard.

As it stands, I think that Rockin Horse with Gregg on lead vocals (recorded for Where It All Begins) and possibly Maydell (was a version recorded for Seven Turns album) may be the only recorded versions of songs from the ABB over the past 25 years that weren't released. If there are more I'd love to know and hear them!

 

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  posted on 2/22/2014 at 07:01 PM
@berkhath, thanks for pointing that out, must have been a copy/paste error when I made the list. It was indeed Fillmore East.

@Haaward, thanks... You have "Jelly Jelly" by Lowell Fulson. As far as I can tell the original was Billy Eckstine, but I'm happy to be corrected.

@hotlantatim, I'm pretty sure Maydell and Rockin Horse were both written by the ABB; If they were inspired by old blues songs please let me know.

Now I have some questions on songs that could be added to this list:

- For "Stormy Monday", should I include the Little Joe Cook cover? It wasn't the original, but came out shortly before the ABB recorded their version, and is arguably an inspiration for it.

- For "Outskirts of Town", did the Louis Jordan version inspire the ABB (or Ray Charles)?

- Big Maceo recorded "Worried Life Blues" which is arguably a link between the original Sleepy John Estes song and Muddy Waters "Trouble no more"... what do you think?




 

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  posted on 2/23/2014 at 06:43 PM
Ok, based on input from some of you, some friends, and some further research, I have updated my covers list.

Here is the revised list, with notes below explaining some of my choices.

1. Don't Want You No More - The Spencer Davis Group - The Allman Brothers Band
2. Someday Baby Blues - Sleepy John Estes - The Allman Brothers Band
3. Trouble No More - Muddy Waters - The Allman Brothers Band
4. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Willie Dixon - Idlewild South
5. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters - Idlewild South
6. Dimples - John Lee Hooker - Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970
7. Outskirts of Town - Casey Bill Weldon - Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970
8. Outskirts of Town - Louis Jordan - Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970
9. Outskirts of Town - Ray Charles - Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970
10. Outskirts of Town - B.B. King - Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970
11. Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell - At Fillmore East
12. Statesboro Blues - Taj Mahal - At Fillmore East
13. Done Somebody Wrong - Elmore James - At Fillmore East
14. Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker - At Fillmore East
15. Stormy Monday - Bobby “Blue” Bland - At Fillmore East
16. She's Fine, She's Mine - Bo Diddley - At Fillmore East
17. You Don't Love Me - Willie Cobbs - At Fillmore East
18. You Don't Love Me Baby - Junior Wells & Buddy Guy - At Fillmore East
19. There is a Mountain (“Mountain Jam”) - Donovan - Eat a Peach
20. One Way Out - Elmore James - Eat a Peach
21. One Way Out - 1961 - Sonny Boy Williamson II - Eat a Peach
22. One Way Out - 1963 - Sonny Boy Williamson II - Eat a Peach
23. Stormy Monday Blues - Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine - Brothers and Sisters
24. Jelly, Jelly Blues - Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine - Brothers and Sisters
25. Jelly, Jelly Blues - Lowell Fulson - Brothers and Sisters
26. Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - Muddy Waters - Win, Lose or Draw
27. Sweet Mama - Billy Joe Shaver - Win, Lose or Draw
28. Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John - Enlightened Rogues
29. Blind Love - B.B. King - Enlightened Rogues
30. I Beg of You - Elvis Presley - Brothers of the Road
31. How Long Blues - Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell - Shades of Two Worlds
32. Sitting on Top of the World - Mississippi Sheiks - Shades of Two Worlds
33. Things 'Bout Coming My Way - Tampa Red - Shades of Two Worlds
34. Come On In My Kitchen - Robert Johnson - Shades of Two Worlds
35. Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day - Blind Willie McTell - Evening with the Allman Brothers Band
36. The Same Thing - Willie Dixon - Evening with the Allman Brothers Band
37. The Same Thing - Muddy Waters - Evening with the Allman Brothers Band
38. Woman Across the River - Freddie King - Hittin' the Note
39. Heart of Stone - The Rolling Stones - Hittin' the Note
40. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Sonny Boy Williamson I - One Way Out
41. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Lightnin' Hopkins - One Way Out
42. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Muddy Waters - One Way Out

• "Trouble No More," released by Muddy Waters in 1955, is a variation of "Someday Baby Blues," first recorded by Sleepy John Estes in 1935 (and by many others since then.) The opening verse and chorus are essentially the same, the rest of the lyrics were re-written by Waters.

• “(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” was written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters (then by many others.) I have included both the Dixon and Waters recordings.

• We Gonna Move (to the Outskirts of Town)" was recorded by Casey Bill Weldon in 1936, became a hit for Louis Jordan in 1941, in 1961 for Ray Charles, and for B.B. King in 1965.

• “Statesboro Blues” was written and recorded by Blind Willie McTell in 1928 (borrowing a few lines from Sippie Wallace’s 1923 "Up the Country Blues"), and covered by Taj Mahal 1968. Gregg gave Duane a copy of the Taj Mahal album, and the rest is ABB history.

• "Stormy Monday" was written and first recorded by T-Bone Walker in 1947, and covered by Bobby “Blue” Bland in 1962. Duane Allman introduces the song on Fillmore East by saying “We’re gonna do an old Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland song. Actually, it’s an old T-Bone Walker song.”

• Willie Cobbs recorded "You Don't Love Me" in 1960, borrowing the repeating guitar figure, melody and many of the lyrics from Bo Diddley’s 1955 "She's Fine She's Mine.” In 1965, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy recorded “You Don’t Love Me Baby.” The ABB version most clearly draws from this recording.

• "One Way Out" was first recorded by Elmore James in1960, but was not released. Alex Miller “Sonny Boy Williamson II” released a cover in 1961 and a very different arrangement in 1963 (with Buddy Guy playing the familiar guitar vamp heard in the ABB cover.) Elmore James’s recording was eventually released in 1965. The ABB do not seem to have been strongly influenced by the Elmore James version, but I have included it as it was the first recording; the 1961 Sonny Boy Williamson II version was the first recording of the song to be released; and the 1963 Sonny Boy Williamson II arrangement had the most direct influence on the ABB.

• The ABB’s “Jelly, Jelly” combines two hits by Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine: 1942’s “Stormy Monday Blues” (not the same as the T-Bone Walker song) and “Jelly, Jelly Blues” from 1940. You can also hear the influence from Lowell Fulson’s 1947 cover of “Jelly, Jelly Blues.”

• "Come On in My Kitchen" was first recorded by Robert Johnson in 1936, borrowing the melody from the Mississippi Sheiks’ 1930 "Sitting on Top of the World” (which the ABB have played live) and the guitar arrangement from Tampa Red's song 1931 "Things 'Bout Coming My Way.” "Sitting on Top of the World” and "Things 'Bout Coming My Way” are in turn both based on the earlier "How Long Blues” (which the ABB have occasionally played live) recorded by Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell in 1928.

• “Midnight Blues" is a reworked version of “Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day” by Blind Willie McTell (not “Blues Around Midnight,” also by McTell, as is often reported.) The lyrics are new but borrow from the original: Where McTell sings “Blues grabbed me at midnight, didn't turn me loose til day” Dickey Betts sings “Got the blues like midnight, honey won't be long 'fore day” (borrowing the title of the McTell song and a phrase from the McTell lyric “The big star fallin', Mama, t'ain't long fo' day”). Where McTell sings “Maybe that sunshine'll drive these blues away” Betts sings “Wish that tornado would blow my blues away.”

• Like “Hoochie Coochie Man” and many Muddy Waters songs, “The Same Thing” was written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters. I have included both recordings.

• “Good Morning (Little) Schoolgirl” was recorded by John Lee Curtis “Sonny Boy Williamson I” in 1937. I have included versions by Lightnin' Hopkins and Muddy Waters because these appear to have influenced the ABB, and because I like them!


 

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  posted on 2/23/2014 at 07:15 PM
I would LOVE for HTN to release some of the live ABB over the past few years on vinyl. It would be awesome for them to take the best shows and press them on 180g vinyl. I would gladly shell out some bucks for that.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2014 at 10:23 AM
Man, just when I think I am done, I dig a little more and learn more!

Since posting my updated list of "originals" I have found:

- Sleepy John Estes re-recorded "Someday Baby Blues" in 1938 as “New Someday Baby” and changed the lyrics from "You ain't going to worry my mind any more.” to “you ain't gonna trouble my mind anymore”. That makes "New Someday Baby" a clear link between "Someday Baby Blues" and "Trouble no more" so it deserves a spot on my list.

- The melody for "Good Morning Schoolgirl" was borrowed from Son Bonds' 1934 “Back and Side Blues”, so that that song will get a spot on my list too.

If anyone has any other insights, corrections, or additions to my list, please post!

 

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  posted on 2/24/2014 at 04:30 PM
I can't stop myself from digging deeper (and listening to the blues!)

Having reviewed all of the available versions of "Good morning little schoolgirl" it seems clear that the ABB cover draws heavily from the Junior Wells version (from the "Hoodoo Man Blues" album), so it merits inclusion in my list.

I think I have now dug as deep as I can... If anyone can find any errors or omissions, let me know!

 

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