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Thread #64986 Message #1066401
Posted By: The Borchester Echo
05-Dec-03 - 07:27 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Empty Pocket Blues (Hays, Seeger, others)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: empty pocket blues by pete seeger
Well, there's Empty Pocket Blues by Clive Palmer and Teapot Blues by Wizz Jones. Both adapted a tune by Brian Kennedy with whom they were sharing a house in about 1960. I think there are still ongoing arguments about who nicked what from whom. The point is that both (rather similar) songs were based on a neat C-A flat progression.
I haven't heard a Pete Seeger version so I have no idea if either (or both) of these was his source. A recording of the Clive Palmer's Empty Pocket Blues appeared on the first Incredible String Band album in 1966 but Wizz's Teapot Blues had to await the extended re-release of his album with Pete Stanley, 16 Tons of Bluegrass, a couple of years ago because much earlier plans for its release as a single were abandoned by the record company.