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Thread #104452   Message #2139134
Posted By: GUEST,Richie
02-Sep-07 - 05:15 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Bow Wow Blues (Allen Brothers)
Subject: 'Bow Wow Blues' Allen Brothers

On the internet it's reported that Bow Wow Blues by the Allen Brothers is a version of Salty Dog Blues. What do you think?

I looked at the 1921 "Bow Wow Blues (My Mamma Treats Me Like a Dog)" (18850), composed by Cliff Friend and Nat Osborne on-line an it has a similar rag-time chord structure (to Salty Dog) but is clearly a different song. Did the Allen Brothers base their "Bow Wow Blues" on the 1921 song or just the title?

Does anyone know the story of how Donald Nelson discovered Allen Brothers (I guess in the sixties)? Charles Wolfe refers to it and there is an article by Nelson in the John Edwards Memorial Foundation
(JEMF) about the Allens. How do I access that article?

I'd be curious to know if Bow Wow Blues was a hit for the Allens. is there a biography somewhere by a reputible writer?

When did the Allen's first record Salty Dog (or was it "New Salty Dog")? I know the Morris Bother claim to have written the song. What's with that?

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks,