One Way Out

Posted On: Thursday - February 25th 2021 9:00PM MST
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We're going back 50 years here to these shows at the in New York City.

The old R&B song One Way Out was written by Elmore James, Marshall Sehorn, and Sonny Boy Williamson II, though some versions claim just the latter. I don't know about those older artists, but at this point The Allman Brothers version goes way back itself. Yes, for some of our parents music that was made 5 decades ago meant Scott Joplin or something.

Gregg Allman - Lead vocals and keyboard
Duane Allman - Slide guitar
Dickey Betts - Guitar
Berry Oakley - Bass guitar
Jaimoe Johanson - Drums
Butch Trucks - Drums

Friday - February 26th 2021 9:28AM MST
PS Ganderson: When I was in junior high at the fag-end of the 1950s, there was a program on the “educational” TV station just about the time that I came home each day. It was a middle-aged white guy playing rag-time piano. He wore a derby, vest, and sleeve garters. Although I generally prefer my music a bit more raw, I developed an enduring appreciation for rag-time thanks to him. I could probably dredge up his name if I searched long enough.
Friday - February 26th 2021 9:19AM MST
PS I still remember the first time that I heard the Allman Bros version. It was the mid-1970s. I was working in a warehouse and one of the guys driving an order picker came past with that song on the radio. It was an ear-opening experience. I was quite familiar with Sonny Boy II version, which is tail-end kicking in its own right, for a three-minute single. It was recorded in Chicago on 8 SEP 1961. It had Otis Spann on piano, Robert Lockwood, Jr and Luther Tucker on guitar, Willie Dixon on bass, and Fred Below on drums. All names to conjure with. It was released on Checker 1003. Elmore James recorded a version for Bobby Robinson earlier in 1961, in New York City. Personnel were Danny Moore, trumpet, unknown tenor sax, Paul Williams baritone sax, Johnny Acey piano, Riff Ruffin guitar, unknown bass, and Johnny Williams drums. It was released on Sphere Sound 702. Not one of James’s best, in my opinion.

Sessionographical data from Leadbitter & Slaven (Vol 1) and Leadbitter, Fancourt and Pelletier (Vol 2), Blues Records 1943–1970.
Friday - February 26th 2021 5:57AM MST
PS: Agreed about Bob Dylan, Mr. Ganderson. He was a great song writer, as evidenced by the remakes that other bands made, much better, such as the Byrd's "Mr. Tamborine Man".
Friday - February 26th 2021 5:28AM MST

I spent some time last night dumpster diving in YouTube ( yeah, I know who they are...) i found a concert with Dylan and the Dead from 1987.

I love Dylan’s songs, even if many of them make no sense, but MAN, is he a bad singer. He makes Jerry Garcia sound like Pavarotti. Must be something in the water up on the Iron Range, although it clearly didn’t affect one Frances Gumm, aka Judy Garland.
Friday - February 26th 2021 5:24AM MST
PS. One of my faves.

In the early 70s there was a bit of a Scott Joplin renaissance because of the (great) movie The Sting.
Thursday - February 25th 2021 9:13PM MST
PS Whew! It does not get any better than, Duane, and Dicky trading solos.
Remember Duane Allman.
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