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Music recommendation: Memphis Slim – Guess I’m a fool

Memphis_Slim,_American_Folk_Blues_Festival_1972_(Heinrich_Klaffs_Collection_72)Many years ago I picked up a blues CD, pretty much at random in a record shop (remember them?). It was a cheap collection of very old blues songs, mainly recorded in the 1940’s.  Most of the tracks were standard 12 bar blues and only a couple really stood out.

This song by Memphis Slim has been on my “I know this great song that no-one else knows” list for a couple of decades… and then Hugh Laurie spoils it but recording his own version. OK, Hugh may put on a silly voice for the recording but he has good taste.

I’ve always loved this simple blues song and the original is infinitely better than Hugh’s cover version. It’s just a cool song and is by far the oldest song I am likely to recommend.

If you like this song, check out the other recommendations I have made recently here.

3 comments on “Music recommendation: Memphis Slim – Guess I’m a fool

  1. Raybeard
    May 11, 2013

    The piano improvisation under the voice is glorious, while the vocal line is rendered clearly, straight and honest – just as the composer would have intended – and without any of those maddening ‘faux-decorations’ which modern singers seem to think are compulsory and ‘sophisticated’. Love this!

  2. sfchapman
    May 11, 2013

    I aim to please!

  3. Raybeard
    May 11, 2013

    Which you often do!

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