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"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" is a blues standard, written by Jimmy Cox in 1923. Its lyric, told from the point of view of a one-time millionaire during the Prohibition era, reflects on the fleeting nature of material wealth and the friendships that come and go with it.
The song was first recorded and popularized by Bessie Smith, the preeminent female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. Since then, numerous versions have been recorded.
Jimmy Cox (July 28, 1882 -- March 1925) was an American songwriter famous for his Depression-era hit "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out".
While Bessie Smith made the song famous, it was later repopularized by Eric Clapton on the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. It was reintroduced to a fresh generation of music fans when Clapton performed the song in his 1992 MTV Unplugged appearance, which was also released on the album Unplugged.
The song has been covered by a wide variety of artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Otis Redding, Popa Chubby, The Allman Brothers Band, Rod Stewart, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, Katie Melua and Steve Winwood with The Spencer Davis Group.