Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mississippi Blues Trail Marker For Big Joe Williams in Crawford, Mississippi

Big Joe Williams wrote the song BABY PLEASE DONT GO. It was his signature song and he does it best. But the list of covers by other musicians seems endless. Here is some info on the song and those who have recorded it.

Baby, Please Don't Go
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Baby, Please Don't Go"
Single by Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers
B-side "Wild Cow Blues"
Released 1935
Format Vinyl record
Recorded October 31, 1935
Genre Blues
Label Bluebird Records B6200
Producer Lester Melrose
"Baby, Please Don't Go"
Single by Big Joe Williams
B-side "Wild Cow Moan"
Released 1945
Format Vinyl record
Recorded July 22, 1945
Genre Blues
Length 3:24
Label Columbia Records
"Baby, Please Don't Go"

Single by Them
A-side "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Williams)
B-side "Gloria" (Morrison)
Released November 1964
Genre Blues rock, garage rock
Length 2:38
Label Decca Records (UK), Parrot Records (USA)
Writer(s) Van Morrison, Big Joe Williams
Them singles chronology
"One Two Brown Eyes"
(1964) "Baby, Please Don't Go"
(1964) "Gloria"

"Baby, Please Don't Go"
Song by AC/DC
from the album High Voltage

Released February 17, 1975
Recorded September 1974
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 4:50
Label Albert Productions
Writer Big Joe Williams
Producer Harry Vanda, George Young
High Voltage track listing
"Baby, Please Don't Go"
(1) "She's Got Balls"

"Baby, Please Don't Go"
Song by AC/DC
from the album '74 Jailbreak

Released October 1984
'74 Jailbreak track listing
"Soul Stripper"
(4) "Baby, Please Don't Go"

"Baby, Please Don't Go"

Single by Aerosmith
from the album Honkin' on Bobo
Released 2004
Format CD, vinyl
Recorded 2003
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 3:23
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Douglas, Marti Frederiksen, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Girls of Summer"
(2002) "Baby, Please Don't Go"
(2004) "Devil's Got a New Disguise"

"Baby, Please Don't Go" is a blues song first recorded by Big Joe Williams in 1935. It is related to a group of early 20th century blues and work songs that include "Alabama Bound", "Another Man Done Gone", and "Don't Leave Me Here", and "Turn Your Lamp Down Low".

It has become a blues and rock standard, and has been recorded by many artists (see list below)

The original single by Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers can be heard on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 4 (Revenant, 2000).

1941 Personnel
Big Joe Williams - Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Boy Williamson I - Harp[citation needed]
Ransom Knowling - Double Bass
Judge Riley - Drums
Notable cover versions
Van Morrison and Them
The band Them fronted by Van Morrison, released "Baby, Please Don't Go" as the A side of a single in late 1964. Boosted by the B side, a ditty entitled "Gloria", the single became their first hit, reaching #10 on the UK Singles Chart. This version is included on the double CD compilation The Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison, Van Morrison's 1990s greatest hits album, The Best of Van Morrison and various compilations of Morrison's work. Rhythm guitar was contributed by a then little-known Jimmy Page, however he did not play the lead guitar on the track.[1]

John Lee Hooker's posthumously released DVD Come See About Me includes a 1992 performance where Hooker plays "Baby, Please Don't Go" on his guitar while sitting on a dock. He is accompanied on harmonica by Them's Van Morrison.

Amboy Dukes / Ted Nugent
Since it was The Amboy Dukes' debut single, former Dukes guitarist Ted Nugent has covered the song in live performances throughout his career.

The single is included on the 1967 album The Amboy Dukes, and also appears on the Nuggets compilation. A live version from Nugent's 1978 Double Live Gonzo! is included on his greatest hits collections Great Gonzos! and The Ultimate Ted Nugent.

Welsh band Budgie recorded this song on their 1973 album Never Turn Your Back on a Friend, with the original line-up of Burke Shelly on bass and vocals, Tony Bourge on Guitar and Ray Philips on drums.

AC/DC recorded a version for their 1975 Australia-only album High Voltage; it was released internationally in 1984 on their compilation EP '74 Jailbreak. The video, as released on Family Jewels, was recorded on the Australian music program "Countdown", and features Bon Scott in drag, singing over a studio-recorded backing track. Scott performed the song live with AC/DC in various concerts until his death in 1980.

Aerosmith released a version of "Baby, Please Don't Go" on their blues cover album, Honkin' on Bobo in 2004. It was the only single from the album, and hit #7 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Since its release, it has been a staple song in the band's concert performances. As it followed a period in the 1990s and early 2000s when the band charted with several power ballads, this recording is considered a return to hard rock music for Aerosmith.[citation needed]

Selective list of recorded versions
1935 Big Joe Williams (Bluebird records), also re-recorded in 1941
1936 Tampa Kid (Decca records)
1936 Sam Montgomery (ARC records)
1939 Leonard 'Baby Doo' Caston
1957 Billy Lee Riley & his Little Green Men (Sun Records)
1960 Mance Lipscomb (Arhoolie)
1961 Pink Anderson
1962 Mose Allison (Atlantic)(Rhino)
1962 Bob Dylan, officially released 2005 as a download only
1964 Them (Decca UK)
1966 The Ballroom, produced by Curt Boettcher
1966 Los Ovnis (Mexican band) (Spanish version named "El Ovni")
1967 Amboy Dukes
1969 Alvin Lee, Played live at Woodstock
1972 Gary Glitter, "Glitter" album.
1973 Budgie (MCA)
1974 AC/DC (Alberts/EMI)
1984 Restless
1991 Webb Wilder
2004 Aerosmith
Zakk Wylde's Pride & Glory
Paul Butterfield
The Doors
Tony Joe White
Lightnin' Hopkins
Al Kooper
John Mellencamp
Van Morrison
Ted Nugent
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Paul Revere & the Raiders
Muddy Waters
The Animals
Bill Wyman
John Lee Hooker
Mississippi Fred McDowell
The Tragically Hip (live version found on the popular Bootleg Roxy Revisited)
Rising Storm
Los Suaves (live version found on "¿Hay alguien ahí?" album)

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Also go to msbluestrail.org see an interactive map and picture of the marker.