Jack O'Diamonds - Blues Slide Guitar on a vintage Stella





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Published on Dec 4, 2008

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Jack O'Diamonds is a Texas gambling song and is usually said to describe the card game Monte. Blind Lemon Jefferson was the first to record it in 1926; it's also his only bottleneck of knife style recording.
John and Alan Lomax recorded the song several times during their 1934 field trip of Texas penitentiaries. The Jack O'Diamonds lp cover you see in the beginning of this video has some great recordings of that trip.
Although it's a very well known song it wasn't recorded much after the second world war. Mance Libscomb and the British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan were the only ones so far.

I'm combining the versions of Mance Lipscomb and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Mance does not sing a chorus which Blind Lemon does.
YOu can find Mance's version on youtube under the faulty title of 'Jack of spades'.
I'm playing my old Stella in DADF#AD tuning.

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