Antedating of "Country and Western" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Dec 11 16:09:48 UTC 2012

On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 6:01 AM, Eric Nielsen wrote:
> 7 MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: probably Bo or Lonnie Chatman (fiddle); Walter
> Vincson (vocal, guitar)
> San Antonio, Texas. June 12, 1930
> 404146-B Yodeling Fiddling Blues (OKeh 8834)
> It seems Dylan referenced this song in one of his own.

Which song was that? Even though that blues concordance is hosted on
Lars Lindh's Bob Dylan fan site, that doesn't mean the lyrics were
referenced in Dylan songs. Dylan did, however, cover a few other
Mississippi Sheiks songs, like "Sittin' on Top of the World."

As for "Yodeling Fiddling Blues," Francis Davis says in "The History
of the Blues" that it was inspired by the "Blue Yodels" of Jimmie


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