Weed Smoker's Dream - Harlem Hamfats (1936)

Publication Year: 
1936

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"Why Don't You Do Right?" is an American blues- and jazz-influenced pop song written and composed in 1936 by Joseph "Kansas Joe" McCoy. A twelve-bar minor key blues form with a few chord substitutes, it is considered a classic "woman's blues" song and, more recently, it has also become a standard.

"Why Don't You Do Right?" first appeared in 1936 as "The Weed Smoker's Dream," written and composed by McCoy and recorded by his band, the Harlem Hamfats. The song was subtitled "Why Don't You Do Now" on the original release. McCoy later rewrote the song, refining the composition and changing the lyrics entirely. The new tune, now titled "Why Don't You Do Right?", was recorded by Lil Green in 1941, with guitar played by William "Big Bill" Broonzy. The recording was an early jazz and blues hit.

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