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7/7/2008

The Down Home Boys singing Original Stack O’Lee Blues

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: Audio, TweedBlog. Tags: , , ,

…Of course, the word ‘Original’ in the title more or less ensures that it’s not the original, but what the heck. Originality notwithstanding, this is the rarest of the rare. There is only one known copy of this recording, and it’s in Joe Bussard’s collection.

This was recorded in Chicago in 1927, and issued on the revered Black Patti label. Black Patti was unusual among so-called ‘Race’ record labels of its era in that it was black owned.

The song is one of the most enduring ‘bad man’ ballads in American music, surviving well into the rock and roll era. The prominient III chord is a ragtime artifact.

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Courtesy of Archive.org. This track is included on the Old Hat compilation CD Down in the Basement, which every American should own.

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