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The only other African American to record it around that time was Big Mama Thornton in 1969. Albert recorded two versions in 1968 followed by a futher six versions between 1975 and 1982 for various labels. Beyond that I don't know.Jonathan E. wrote:Is the Albert King version of "Born Under A Bad Sign" on Stax the definitive version?
Oh that phrase goes back to the 20s and if I can find the time I'll listen to the various "bad luck blues" and list those containing it. Did I hear the comment "Get a life, Balfour, get a life"?Gordon Neill wrote:Lightnin' Slim did a song called, would you believe, 'Bad Luck'. I'm certain that it contains the "If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all" line. It came out in 1954, which I think predates Albert King's song by at least a decade. While I can't remember any other songs at the moment, I'm very, very confident that this is a line that has been regularly recycled by many bluesmen.
Did I hear the comment "Get a life, Balfour, get a life"?
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