Junker's Blues - Jumping Jack Dupree (1940)

Publication Year: 
1940

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"Junco Partner" is a traditional American blues song remarkable for being covered and revised by many artists over several decades. Some of them include Dr. John, Professor Longhair, James Booker and The Clash. It was played in different music genres such as blues, folk, rock, reggae and dub. The song’s lyrics refer to needles, drugs, wishes, and to the notorious Louisiana prison farm nicknamed Angola.

The song, originally named "Junker's Blues", was written by Willie Hall (also known as "Drive'em Down"), a blues and boogie-woogie pianist from New Orleans, but he never recorded or credited it to himself. In 1940, Champion Jack Dupree, an American pianist who called Hall "his father", recorded the song for the first time on OKeh Records.

Fats Domino first attracted national attention with "The Fat Man", a variation on this traditional New Orleans tune. Domino recorded the song for Imperial Records in Cosimo Matassa's J&M studio on Rampart Street in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, 10 December 1949. This song is an early rock and roll record, featuring a rolling piano and Domino doing "wah-wah" vocalizing over a fat back beat. It sold over a million copies and is widely regarded as the first rock and roll record to do so.

The melody of "Junker's Blues" was used by Lloyd Price in 1952 for his song, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", and by Professor Longhair for "Tipitina", a song from his 1972 album, New Orleans Piano.

Text retrieved from wikipedia.org on July 12th, 2012.

(1950) Fats Domino - The Fat Man
(1951) James Waynes - Junco Partner
(1972) Dr. John - Junco Partner
(1980) The Clash - Junco Partner

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