Monday, November 8, 2010

Delia

Numerous artists have recorded songs based on the story of Delia Green, a girl that was murdered on Christmas Eve, 1900 in Georgia. My favorite is the version performed by Blind Willie Mctell, once in 1940 and a second version in 1949.


Delia

Above is the 1940 version, recorded for the Library of Congress. You can hear Alan Lomax, the man recording Willie, yell "hurry up man" near the end of the song.

Little Delia

Above is the rarer 1949 version. Had to upload it to youtube because it wasn't there yet. The quality of the recording is much clearer on this one and you can tell pretty clearly what he's saying in each verse.

7 comments:

  1. Wow, these are good songs! I actually like the older one better.

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  2. Hmm... you can hear the difference between both versions.

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  3. Wow I love this song, great post!

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  4. Thanks for sharing. FWIW, love to somehow get you on Blindman's Blues Forum. You'd make a great addition. Just Google Blindman's Blues Forum and a link will direct you to the site.

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