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Identity of early version of Cocaine Blues possibly 1940s/1950s (even pre World War II?)

There's a record version of Cocaine Blues that I heard in the UK in1966 (prior to the much more recent Keith Richards and Bob Dylan recordings) , on what might have been a 10" disc and might have been turning at 16 r p m.

My memory of it definitely includes the defining line "Cocaine,  ...all around my brain". 

I have always thought it was by Josh White, which was who I thought I'd been told it was at the time (we were all fairly "out of it", but not on cocaine). However, I can't find any mention of Josh White together with Cocaine Blues.

Does anyone know what other recordings, on a fairly old style disc, might have existed at that time - it could even have been pre-World War II recording.


asked Jan 23, 2017 in Name That Song by iSeeker (13 points)

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According to this informative Wikipedia article on the subject:

"This song was originally recorded by W. A. Nichol's Western Aces (vocal by "Red" Arnall) on the S & G label, probably in 1947, and by Roy Hogsed and the Rainbow Riders May 25, 1947, at Universal Recorders in Hollywood, California. Hogsed's recording was released on Coast Records (262) and Capitol (40120), with the Capitol release reaching number 15 on the country music charts in 1948."

answered Jan 23, 2017 by casspir (18,361 points)
Ah - last time I tried to looked it up on google  - some years ago - no wikipedia entry came up.

Thanks for that - I'll wait to see f anyone can connect it with Josh White (unlikely) before I award Best Answer.

However, I'd also be interested to know if I can get to hear some of the early versions.
answered Jan 23, 2017 by paul morphy (3,804 points)
edited Jan 23, 2017 by paul morphy
Difficult to award Best - the first reply was off Wikipedia and the second replied to what I should have posted as a separate question, so could have given both Best Reply.

However, Youtube throws up even more questions - eg is the John Hurt version on YT actually a recording of Keith Richards (?) I think not, but as I've work to do in the next few days, I'll wait awhile on this one.

Thanks to you both, so far...