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Caledonia Mr. Portnoy
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420 posts
Mar 04, 2019
10:33 AM
Im gonna start workin on this again

Great 2nd pos playing lead and fills---a lesson in tasteful fills not DOMINATING FILLS, just enriching whats already there

His 3 cd instructional helped me immensely

Great [1st pos, high end and low end] playing at end

What a classic

any one know where to find backing track????
Gonna work on my own---but it takes forever

The Iceman
3785 posts
Mar 04, 2019
12:29 PM
Jerry's CD Blues Harmonica instructional series deserves more accolades than he gets for it. I recommend it highly.
The Iceman
5839 posts
Mar 04, 2019
12:54 PM
That looks like one of the German shows...76 or 78? I think I have the76 show on a disc..
Backing track...not sure what I used, maybe one of the JimiLee Band tracks or maybe Mr Shoji made 1...it’s basically just a swinging shuffle would you say?
NiteCrawler .
360 posts
Mar 05, 2019
4:23 PM
I actually saw this tour at this time at Waterloo Village in the foothills of the mountains in N.J.,Wow,what a blast from the past,Thanks for posting that it brings back fond memory,s with my wife of 45 yrs.Actually is was the only time that we got to see Muddy.Anyway I know that this cut is on the titled, Muddy Waters Woodstock Album,a slower version is on it but it has groove for days.If you have never heard the album its a great listen with multible guests.I don,t know if this will help but maybe listening to the record may help.All The Best

Last Edited by NiteCrawler . on Mar 05, 2019 4:26 PM
6551 posts
Mar 05, 2019
7:32 PM
It's fascinating to see a guy like Muddy Waters and realize that when he's doing this song, he's performing an homage to one of his heroes--a guy who was the king when HE was a boy.


Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition
52 posts
Mar 05, 2019
10:18 PM
I’ve always loved the inter play between Muddy and Pinetop in this song.
1918 posts
Mar 06, 2019
8:55 AM
Louis Jordan and Wynonie Harris rocked!

William Clarke recorded "Lollipop Mama," a Wynonie Harris song. Check out Wynonie Harris, too.



Doug S.
234 posts
Mar 06, 2019
11:10 AM
There was a reason Muddy described Jerry as his favorite harp player after Walter.

Far afield from Caldonia, "Lolly Pop Mama" was the B-side of Roy Brown's 1947 hit, "Good Rockin' Tonight"; covered that same year by Clarence Samuels (on Aristocrat).

Roy Brown, who wrote the song, initially offered it to Wynonnie Harris, but Harris wasn't interested. In 1948 Syd Nathan (King records) had Harris record Lolly Pop Mama.

Harris got the notoriety but it wasn't his song. Check out Samuel's version. The Brown version suffered from having the wrong band.

Last Edited by BnT on Mar 06, 2019 11:12 AM
1919 posts
Mar 06, 2019
12:18 PM
Far afield, but I always think of Harris when I think of Jordan. Thanks for the info though. I didn't know Brown wrote it. It wasn't on my Brown compilation CD. Apparently Harris covered other Brown songs, too.

Smaller combos were popular as big bands got too expensive. Big band ideas were repackaged in smaller combo formats, those ideas incorporated into new arrangements. And the beat goes on..

Thanks for the Louis Jordan link!

Seems as though musicians have been recycling and repurposing songs a long time.

Doug S.
235 posts
Mar 07, 2019
11:29 AM
Glad to see this post included reference to Louis Jordan - just the best - 113 weeks at #1, 18 with one song. His playing/riffs a great source for harp players looking to be innovative and tasty. B.B. King, besides doing a real nice album of Louie's has an online lesson-interview where he demonstrates his interpretation of a particular LJ riff. It provides good insight into the process.

Doug - if you go to Youtube to listen to Roy Brown's version of Lolly Pop Mama you'll understand why future labels left it off "best of" compilations - and be glad you didn't pay for it. Truly bad charts/horn section.

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