Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mississippi Blues Trail Marker For Big Joe Williams Mentions Bob Dylan

This video is a compilation of some of the many musicians who have recorded Big Joe Williams' signature song BABY PLEASE DON'T GO. There are many others than the ones on the above video. Mose Allison for instance always has done a fine version of this song. But Big Joe Williams wrote it and I like the way he does it.

The picture above is of Bob Dylan, Victoria Spivey, John Hammond, and Big Joe Williams.

Click on the link below and  it will take you to the Big Joe Williams Marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. You can see the marker and enlarge it. Also there is a link to a map of Crawford, Mississippi that shows where the marker is located. This map can be clicked on to enlarge and also see a aerial view of Crawford, Mississippi. I get a big kick out of the fact that the marker in Crawford, Mississippi contains the name Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan and Big Joe Williams were good friends. They both tell tall tales of meeting each other when Dylan was a kid and riding the rails together. Hoboing around and Dylan playing the spoons on the streets of Chicago with Big Joe as they walked along and Big Joe played his guitar. Big Joe lived in the basement of the Jazz Record Mart at 7 West Grand Street in Chicago.