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Thread #118763 Message #2570109
Posted By: matt milton
18-Feb-09 - 12:07 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Sporting Life blues
Subject: Origins: Sporting Life blues
I'm just listening to "Sporting Life" by Ken Colyer's Skiffle Group, off the compilation UK Skiffle Boom. It's a great version. I love the fact he inserts his own name into the song, "she used to fall on her knees and pray/ And these are the words she'd say/ Kolyer, oh Kolyer, please change your ways".
I'm aware of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee's version and I think they are probably the musicians who popularized it. Am I right? I've also heard a great version by Champion Jack Dupree and one on emusic by Tom Paley.
a. who wrote the song? Or is it one of those 'trad' blues?
b. who else has recorded good versions?