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Al Kooper - Baby, Please Don't Go (Big Joe Williams Cover)

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Published on Sep 15, 2012

From '' Easy Does It ''
Label: Columbia -- G 30031
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1971

Tracklist
A1 Brand New Day
A2 Piano Solo Introduction
A3 I Got A Woman
A4 Country Road
A5 I Bought You The Shoes
B1 Introduction
B2 Easy Does It
B3 Buckskin Boy
B4 Love Theme From "The Landlord"
C1 Sad, Sad Sunshine
C2 Let The Dutchess No
C3 She Gets Me Where I Live
C4 A Rose And A Baby Ruth
D1 Baby, Please Don't Go
D2 God Sheds His Grace On Thee

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"Baby, Please Don't Go" is a blues song first recorded by Big Joe Williams in 1935.
It is related to a group of early 20th century blues and work songs that include "I'm Alabama Bound", "Another Man Done Gone", and "Don't Leave Me Here", and "Turn Your Lamp Down Low".
It has become a blues and rock standard, and has been recorded by many artists.

The original 1935 single by Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers can be heard on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 4 (Revenant, 2000).

Notable cover versions

Van Morrison and Them

The band Them, fronted by Van Morrison, released "Baby, Please Don't Go" as the A side of a single in late 1964.
Boosted by the B side, a ditty entitled "Gloria", the single became their first hit, reaching No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart.
Rhythm guitar was contributed by a then little-known Jimmy Page, however he did not play the lead guitar on the track.
It was re-released on the Deram label in 1973.

John Lee Hooker's posthumously released DVD Come See About Me includes a 1992 performance where Hooker plays "Baby, Please Don't Go" on his guitar while sitting on a dock. He is accompanied on harmonica by Them's Van Morrison.

Amboy Dukes / Ted Nugent

Since it was The Amboy Dukes' debut single, former Dukes guitarist Ted Nugent has covered the song in live performances throughout his career. The single is included on the 1967 album The Amboy Dukes.

AC/DC recorded a version for their 1975 Australia-only album High Voltage; it was released internationally in 1984 on their compilation EP '74 Jailbreak.

Aerosmith released a version of "Baby, Please Don't Go" on their blues cover album, Honkin' on Bobo in 2004.

Selective list of recorded versions

1935: Big Joe Williams (Bluebird records), also re-recorded in 1941
1936: Tampa Kid (Decca records)
1936: Sam Montgomery (ARC records)
1939: Leonard 'Baby Doo' Caston
1948: Lightnin' Hopkins
1949: John Lee Hooker
1952: Big Bill Broonzy
1952: The Orioles
1953: Muddy Waters
1957: Billy Lee Riley & his Little Green Men (Sun Records)
1960: Mance Lipscomb (Arhoolie)
1961: Pink Anderson
1962: Mose Allison (Atlantic, Rhino)
1962: Bob Dylan, officially released 2005 as a download only
1964: Them (Decca UK)
1964: Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, on Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo (Columbia)
1966: The Ballroom, produced by Curt Boettcher
1966: Los Ovnis (Mexican band, Spanish version named "El Ovni")
1967: Cuby and the Blizzards, 'Groeten Uit Grollo' album
1967: Amboy Dukes
1968: Beacon Street Union
1969: Alvin Lee, played live at Woodstock as part of the blues suite I'm Going Home
1972: Gary Glitter, Glitter album.
1973: Budgie, Never Turn Your Back on a Friend (MCA)
1974: AC/DC (Alberts/EMI)
1976: Curved Air, as a single a-side
1984: Restless, on the album "Do You Feel Restless?"
1985: Bill Wyman's "Willie and the Poor Boys" featuring Charlie Watts, Andy Fairweather-Lowe, Mickey Gee, Geraint Watkins
1991: Webb Wilder
1993: Knut Reiersrud
2004: Aerosmith
2008: The Strange Boys (B-Side to 'Woe Is You and Me' single)
2011: George Elias (Wanderlust EP)
Zakk Wylde's Pride & Glory
Paul Butterfield
The Doors
Tony Joe White
Beausoleil
Al Kooper
John Mellencamp
MC5
Ted Nugent
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Paul Revere & the Raiders
Taste
The Animals
Mississippi Fred McDowell
The Tragically Hip (live version found on the popular bootleg Roxy Revisited)
Rising Storm
Rival Sons

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