Why Don't You do Right (Weedsmoker's Dream) - Lil Green (1941)

Publication Year: 
1941

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Sexy, sweet, sultry and light....all describes the incomparable voice of singer L'il Green. A native of Mississippi, L'il moved to Chicago with her family in the late 20's. There she found and explored her musical destiny. L'il began performing in Chicago nightclubs at a very early age. She sang the popular songs of the day in her own way. " Text retrieved from on April 13th, 2014.

"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. Text retrieved from Wikipedia.org on April 13th, 2014.

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