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(reference for much of the text is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollin’_and_Tumblin’)

Rollin’ and Tumblin’” is a blues song that has been recorded hundreds of times by various artists.Considered as traditional, it has been recorded with many different lyrics and titles. Authorship is most often attributed to Hambone Willie Newbern or McKinley Morganfield (aka Muddy Waters), but Gus Cannon’s Jug Band may also lay a claim.

Rollin_and_Tumblin_Hambone_Willie_Newbern_2.mp3

However, although the rhythm is similar the words certainly vary  – watch some of the more recent versions below and enjoy the typical improvised lyrics and variations on the instrument breaks. Sometimes even the title has been changed e.g. Robert Johnson’s “If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day”

 

 

 

 

Baby Face Leroy did a cover (note the reference to the writer -copyright?)

 

 

And Eric Clapton’s version from his Crossroads guitar festival

Try this version by Muddy Waters (1950)

The song has also been recorded by :
Sonny Boy Williamson I, 1938
Elmore James, 1960
Cream, 1966
Canned Heat, 1967
Bonnie Raitt, 1972
Johnny Winter, 1968
Eric Clapton, 1992
Jeff Beck, 2001
Bob Dylan, 2006
Jenni Muldaur, 2007
Cyndi Lauper, 2010
R.L. Burnside, various years

and here is R.L. Burnside

and the great Elmore James

and a Johnny Winter acoustic version (after Robert Johnson)

Canned Heat had a go at this song too:

and the Cream’s version with Jack Bruce on harp

and quite a different version from Imogen Heap and Jeff Beck -live at Ronnie Scotts

and Bonnie Rait

and an even more recent and very different version fro Imelda May, moving well away from more traditional versions:

But lets get back to basics with a version by Eddy one string Jones (the single string taking us right back to African roots)

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