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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.

But:

a. who wrote the song? Or is it one of those 'trad' blues?
b. who else has recorded good versions?