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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:06 pm
by Neil Foxlee
I don't believe "Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt" is a revival of an old Soul Stirrers record. As far as I know (though I stand to be corrected), the original is by gospel singer Otis Jackson, as first reissued on the Get Right With God (Krazy Kat/Heritage) gospel compilation. Jackson recorded it in 1946, the year after Roosevelt's death, and again in 1949 (this is the version used on the Krazy Kat LP/Heritage CD).

Here is a rather remarkable animated version of Part One, which I'll crosspost in the YouTube section (give dailymotion some, I say):
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4mhl4 ... ke-r_music

There are some other animated videos featuring the likes of Robert Johnson from the same source.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:24 pm
by Neil Foxlee
Ha! I correct myself - the pre-Sam Cooke Soul Stirrers *did* record it, along with early sacred steel guitarist Willie Eason. Here's the proof:

http://rateyourmusic.com/release/single ... sevelt_ii/

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:55 pm
by Charlie
Neil Foxlee wrote:Ha! I correct myself - the pre-Sam Cooke Soul Stirrers *did* record it, along with early sacred steel guitarist Willie Eason.

Whew. Having made three major goofs in the forum in three days, I was ready to find I'd made another.

But I do have the Soul Stirrers version (recorded in 1947) on a Legendary Masters vinyl compilation of their Aladdin recordings.

However, the song's writer Otis Jackson did do it first.

Upcoming "NewYork" show

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:02 pm
by Eddie Punch
Hi Charlie, if you are still planning the upcoming "New York" show then please consider "Empire State Express" written and played by Son House and also performed by Rory Gallagher and both played on Natioal Duolion Guitars.

This song puzzled me for ages with its line "The Empire State runs on Eastern Time". So I decided to dig into it and I found out train in question starts at Grand Central Station and runs Upstate to Rochester where Son House lived in the latter part of his life. - A blues train song in Delta style set in New York and you get to mention Grand Central in the intro as well. Americana at its best.

I asked people boarding the train and staff at Grand Central if they had ever heard of the song and no one had. (Weren't all that interested either).

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:04 pm
by Rob Hall
Neil Foxlee wrote:Ha! I correct myself - the pre-Sam Cooke Soul Stirrers *did* record it, along with early sacred steel guitarist Willie Eason. Here's the proof:

http://rateyourmusic.com/release/single ... sevelt_ii/


Willie Eason does a version of this song on the Arhoolie "Sacred Steel" collection under the title "Franklin D. Roosevelt, A Poor Man's Friend". Interesting that the label in Neil's link credits authorship to Otis Jackson, while the lyrics (largely those sung by Otis Jackson in his version) are reproduced in the sleevenotes to the Arhoolie collection with Willie Eason identified as the writer.

Re: Upcoming "NewYork" show

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:26 pm
by uiwangmike
Eddie Punch wrote:Hi Charlie, if you are still planning the upcoming "New York" show then please consider "Empire State Express" written and played by Son House and also performed by Rory Gallagher and both played on National Duolion Guitars.


There's a Youtube of Rory Gallagher doing it, a very good live recording, though with non-matching visuals.
http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=7nvz16INL ... re=related