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10/15/10 – “Matchbox Blues” Cat Fight!

Posted: October 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Blues, Rock n' Roll, rockabilly | Tags: , , , | 9 Comments »

Friday Night Cat Fight Podcast

“Matchbox Blues”

The Friday Night Cat Fight takes on one of the greatest and most recognizable classic blues tunes this week with a 4-way Cat Fight over “Matchbox Blues.”  Blind Lemon Jefferson’s 1927 original will go up against Leadbelly’s 1934 Library Of Congress field recording, while Carl Perkins made it his own in 1957, it was The Beatles that took it into the American Charts in 1964.  Listen to all 4 and then decide for yourself which one you truly DIG THE MOST!

Plus, at the end of the Podcast, I’ll have a little tribute to 2 great soul singers that passed away over the past week (Solomon Burke & General Johnson).

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9 Comments on “10/15/10 – “Matchbox Blues” Cat Fight!”

  1. 1 Prowlin' With Matt The Cat » Blog Archive » “Matchbox Blues” Friday Night Cat Fight Podcast said at 12:19 pm on October 15th, 2010:

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  2. 2 Ken said at 1:37 pm on October 15th, 2010:

    Amazing that you keep pulling up the history of these songs. The only version I remember is Carl’s and that’s the one I’m going with.

  3. 3 David said at 2:53 pm on October 15th, 2010:

    Carl Perkins did my favorite version of this one as well. Great energy and vocals. I love The Beatles generally, but theirs was my least favorite of these four, with Ringo’s lead vocal misfiring for me–John would have been my choice for lead on that one instead. I’d forgotten that The Beatles’ version made it up to #16 on the charts in 1964.

    Love the two tribute tracks at the end. Solomon and GJ will indeed be missed. Everyone else enjoying them will want to check out Matt’s Juke In The Back tribute to SB.

  4. 4 virginia said at 7:52 pm on October 15th, 2010:

    I am in agreement with Ken & David, Carl’s version is the one for me. And The Juke in the Back this week is a very special tribute to a great entertainer. Thanks as always Matt, it is less then six months until the cruise now.

  5. 5 Ron Presley said at 8:49 pm on October 15th, 2010:

    I gotta give the nod to Carl Perkins on this one even though i grew up hearing it done by the beatles, Carls version just seemed to have more guts to it

  6. 6 Steve in Arizona said at 10:28 pm on October 15th, 2010:

    I voted for Blind Lemon Jefferson. I just like the old blues too much. I agree that wasn’t the best song of Ringos. If you want to hear him sing some country tunes listen to the album “Beaucoup of Blues” recorded around 1970. He has some of the greatest Nashville musicians backing him.

  7. 7 timevac3 said at 11:20 pm on October 15th, 2010:

    Carl owns this song, he deserved to be bigger than he was. The Beatles’ was the first version of this song that I had heard as a kid, It points out that they didn’t quite have the words figured out, but that it didn’t matter. I’m pretty sure this was one of the songs from their stage show and so worked on that level, spotlighting Ringo.
    Blind Lemon gets points for being the first, but still, Carl brought it to life.

  8. 8 Bruce said at 12:05 am on October 18th, 2010:

    Went with the Blind Lemon Jefferson on this Cat Fight. It’s always struck me as an old scratchy blues song and of the two version that fit that bill, Jefferson’s is by far the best. I love his guitar work. Carl really does nail it and brings it into the modern times. The Beatles – welll….they’re English so I guess we can excuse them for their version.

  9. 9 Yum Yum said at 10:25 am on October 21st, 2010:

    Ladies and Gentlemen The Beatles !! A REALLY BIG SHEW !! Just Beat Out Carl Perkins On This One ! And I Didn’t Have To Take The Long And Winding Road To Cast My Vote For Paul And John George And Ringo ! Yum Yum

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