Down the Road a Piece, Mercury Blues and Route 66

By Gary:
I know that you have indulged me before, so please one more time. 
I have three songs that I have enjoyed for years and, yes they are old, as I am.  I believe they are mainly 12 bar blues, but Russ is always the authority on that. 

The first one “Down the Road a Piece” was written and recorded in 1940 (my birth year) by Don Raye and recorded in the same year by the Will Bradley Trio.  It did not stop there because my favourite recording was not recorded until 2008 by Johan Blohm and the Refreshments, from Sweden.

So let’s take a ride down memory lane and listen to, not all, but some of the recordings
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1940 – The Will Bradley Trio /
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1947 – Amos Milburn /
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1955 – Merrill Moore (Country Group) /
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1960 – Chuck Berry /
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1965 / Rolling Stones on Shindig /
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1995 – Jerry Lee Lewis /
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2008 – Johan Blohm and the Refreshments (my favourite Gary) /
The next song on my list is “Mercury Boogie” which was written in 1948 by K. C. Douglas and Robert Geddins.  The name would be changed in the 60’s to “Mercury Blues” which pays homage to the American Automobile which ended production in 2010.  I first heard and purchased the David Lindley version and then Alan Jackson cd.  Here is the original with a few others.
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1948 recording, released in 1949 – K.C. Douglas Trio /
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1968 – Steve Miller Band /
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1981 – David Lindley (I purchased this one) /
live /
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1988 – Canned Heat /
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1992 – Alan Jackson (Country, great I own it) /
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2012 – The Bluesbreakers (the Netherlands) /
The last song “Route 66” was written in 1946 by Bobby Troup but the last time I heard it was in the Pixar Movie “Cars”.  Again it’s a simple 12 bar blues arrangement, but I have enjoyed the song and the 1960 TV Series of the same name and that beautiful 1960 Corvette.
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1946 – The Nat King Cole Trio / this is a live version /
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1946 – Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters /
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1977– The Rolling Stones /
Toronto El Mocambo /
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1974 – Country Swing Group Asleep at the Wheel (great group) /
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2006 – From the Cars Soundtrack John Mayer (Great version) /
–o–

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