After reaping the blues, we found some great songs that are a part our musical
heritage. These classics are listed by when they were written or first released.
NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT - BESSIE SMITH
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.
OUTSIDE WOMAN BLUES - CREAM
It is a standard blues song originally recorded by Blind Joe Reynolds in 1929.
The song has been covered by numerous artists most notably by Cream in
GOING TO BROWNSVILLE - RY COODER
Ry Cooder released in 1995 by Warner Bros. Written by Blind Arthur Blake who
recorded about 80 tracks for Paramount Records in the late 1920s and early
DITTY WAH DITTY - RY COODER
Paradise and Lunch is the fourth album by roots rock musician Ry Cooder,
released in 1974. The final track, "Ditty Wah Ditty," lyrics and music composed
by Blind Arthur Blake, showcases a duet between Cooder and jazz pianist Earl
POLICE DOG BLUES - RY COODER
Blind Blake is a figure of enormous importance in American music. Not only was
he one of the greatest blues guitarists of all-time, Blake seems to have been the
primary developer of "finger-style" ragtime on the guitar, the six-string equivalent
to playing ragtime on the piano.
SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD - CREAM
Written by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon, core members of the Mississippi
Sheiks, a popular country blues band of the 1930s.
BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE - ERIC CLAPTON
Written by Leroy Carr recorded sometimes between 1932 and 1934. This
version is inspired also by Elmore James's rendition of the song.
CROSSROADS - ROBERT JOHNSON
"Cross Road Blues" is a song by Delta Blues singer Robert Johnson; released
on a 78 rpm record in 1936 by Vocalion Records. On March 10, 1968, Cream
recorded a live version "Crossroads" from their performance at the Winterland
Ballroom in San Francisco.
SWEET HOME CHICAGO - BLUES BROTHERS
It was first recorded in 1936 and is credited to have been written by Robert
Johnson. It was released on Vocalion Records and became one of the most
popular anthems for the city, after Johnson's death in 1938.