09/10/2008

Paul McCartney : The Midnight Special original version (revised 9/10 & 6/12/2008)

The Russian Album/CHOBA b CCCP was released exclusively in the U.S.S.R. on vinyl, 31October 1988 by the Melodiya state label, ref.: A 60 00415 006 [40.000 pressed copies]. Including his renditions of inter alia: Midnight Special from "unknown 'Texas' folklore": originally from "Pistol Pete's Midnight Special" by Dave "Pistol Pete" Cutrell acc. by McGinty's Oklahoma Cow Boy Band in 1926 (Okeh 45057A) who recorded it twice.***Carl Sandburg, poet and writer wrote two different lyrics about the same song in 1927 in his The American Songbag.***1927/1928 covers: Sam Collins, guitar and vocal cut it on 17/09/1927 in Richmond, Indiana, issued round October 1927 as "Midnight Special Blues", Gennett 6307); Jim Foster, Champion 15397; Big Boy Woods, Bell 1181; Bunny Carter, Conqueror 7266***"Midnight Special" by Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboys, round April 1929 (***Vocalion 5337).***Other instrumental by Tiny Grimes in 1948.***Joe Turner ("Midnight Special Train"), Atlantic, 1951 (CD WP/Rhino, 2006) and Atlantic 45-1122, 02/1957 (Joe Turner And His Blues Kings).**Well known folk writer Alan Lomax wrote in his book [Our Singing Country, 1941] that The Midnight Special was composed by Leadbelly = Huddie William Ledbetter himself in his jail (Angola State Penitentiary, Louisiana)] and recorded it on July 1, 1934 and a second time in 1936 (for the American Record Company...)***About the tune: Alan Lomax omitted to do something... This album [CHOBA b CCCP].