Monday, April 11, 2011

Big Joe Williams Baby Please Don't Go Compilation

And below is  early version of the song by Big Joe Williams.

"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)