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DELIA
DELIA (2)
DELIA (4)
DELIA (5)
DELIA, DELIA
DELIA'S GONE


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Gypsy 02 May 00 - 01:09 AM
Rockaday Johnny 13 May 99 - 10:56 AM
Jane Bird 13 May 99 - 09:36 AM
Roger the zimmer 13 May 99 - 04:15 AM
Frank OfToledo 13 May 99 - 02:18 AM
Art Thieme 12 May 99 - 11:21 PM
Art Thieme 12 May 99 - 11:10 PM
Roger the zimmer 11 May 99 - 03:46 AM
Chet W. 10 May 99 - 01:54 PM
Roger the zimmer 10 May 99 - 11:08 AM
Jon W. 24 Mar 99 - 12:30 PM
Roger the zimmer 24 Mar 99 - 05:45 AM
j0_77 23 Mar 99 - 07:06 PM
reggie miles 23 Mar 99 - 06:57 PM
Jon W. 23 Mar 99 - 05:36 PM
dick greenhaus 23 Mar 99 - 11:25 AM
Roger the zimmer 23 Mar 99 - 10:46 AM
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Roger the zimmer 22 Mar 99 - 10:21 AM
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Subject: Delia
From: Gypsy
Date: 02 May 00 - 01:09 AM

Hi there,
This is an old Harry Belafonte tune. I can recall the tune, and some of the words, but they aren't what we have in the digitrad. It's a really slow, plangent tune. Help me, help me pleeeeeze!


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Rockaday Johnny
Date: 13 May 99 - 10:56 AM

Oops--don't know how that happened! The Delia's Gone version that Dylan covered (All my Friends have gone) is from Steffan Grossman who, in the 60's combined the McTell version with the Gary Davis Version. Roy Bookbinder recorded MY favorite version of that one!


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Jane Bird
Date: 13 May 99 - 09:36 AM

If we're talking about different versions of this song, Roger Watson has a cracking version on the album "Urban Folk Vol I" (by Urban Folk). I think he says that it was collected somewhere in the Caribean, but I'm not sure. I'll have a look.

Cheers,
Jane


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 13 May 99 - 04:15 AM

Thanks for the extra information, guys. Art, sorry for getting the name wrong: looked it up at home and posted it from work, extra letters entered brain en route!


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Frank OfToledo
Date: 13 May 99 - 02:18 AM

I have one version you might know about Art. Done by Happy Traum. I don't know the date but I'm guessing the late 70's. I have it on a CD reissue on Shanachie. The other version is a live one recorded in 1996 by Harvey Reid singing and playing a 1970 metal body Dobro. The CD is a double live on Woodpecker Records. My ancient ears can still hear Harry Belafonte doing it on an old RCA Victor LP in the lalte 50's........


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Art Thieme
Date: 12 May 99 - 11:21 PM

My absolutely favorite version of "DELIA" is a monumentally complete version done by SPARKY RUCKER. I recommend it highly.

Art


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Art Thieme
Date: 12 May 99 - 11:10 PM

HIGGS---not Higgins---It was definitely Blind Blake Alphonso Higgs, the calypso singer, who did it. I used to have it on an LP along with "Rum & Coconut Water", "The Foolish Frog" (later made famous by Pete Seeger as a segue between chapters of his children's story), "Sloop John B" and many other songs we think of as traditional---and maybe they were/are.

Art


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 11 May 99 - 03:46 AM

To complete my own answer the Bahamian Blind Blake was called Blake Alphonso Higgins. I think I've now killed off my own thread !


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Chet W.
Date: 10 May 99 - 01:54 PM

The version with "all the friends I ever had are gone" was also done very nicely by Bob "Controversial" Dylan on his World Gone Wrong cd. He doesn't say where he got it, except in existential terms.

Chet W.


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 10 May 99 - 11:08 AM

It's answer your own question time again! After considerable rummaging in the blues basement of Ray's Jazz Record shop in London, I think it must be the non-blues Blind Blake (the Bahamian folk/calypso singer) who is credited with this and not Arthur (Blind Blake) Phelps. There was a lovely framed poster on sale of Leadbelly's Stella 12-string, but I resisted the temptation to buy it. I managed to smuggle another half-dozen CDs into the house without 'er indoors catching me as well!


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Jon W.
Date: 24 Mar 99 - 12:30 PM

The other version I wrote of above is called "All the friends I have are gone" or something like that and was done by the Rev. Gary Davis (who also did "Hesitation Blues", I suspect earlier than Leadbelly).


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 24 Mar 99 - 05:45 AM

Thanks to all respondents, it was the Kingston Trio lyric site that credited it to Blind Blake, I was surprised and I think we've got a consensus that he didn't record it tho' many others have in various versions.


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: j0_77
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 07:06 PM

Yup there is great recording by B Blake - begins Delia (pause) Delia how can it be .... I notice a number of newer recordings change the tune a little :) I prefer the older one. Been trying to get some of them licks fer years. These grate songs are a pleasure to pick and sing - I also like 'Hesitation Blues' by Leadbelly. More great stuff


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: reggie miles
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 06:57 PM

Willie McTell did the song Delia on an album called "Atlanta 12 String", on Atlantic Records. One of my favorite lps. It's now reissued in either cd or cassette form. Reggie Miles


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Jon W.
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 05:36 PM

Are you sure you're not thinking of Blind Willie McTell - he did a song about Delia - I don't know the exact title but I've got it in a book at home. David Bromberg did another version of the song and yet another version is in the same book but I can't remember the performer. If you think it might be McTell instead of Blake I'll look up the discography in the book.


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 11:25 AM

As I vaguely recall, there were two Blind Blakes; one a blues singer, and one from BWI.


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 10:46 AM

Yes, all the current recordings seem to be by people like Johnny Cash & I couldn't find it in the list of Blind Blake's "Complete" recordings either. Thanks any way!


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
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Date: 23 Mar 99 - 09:47 AM

I have several versions of this song, from the Gateway Singers in the 50s, Bud & Travis int the 60s, Johnny Cash in the 90s. This is a song where the basic refrain remains, butthe stanzas fit the mood of the performer. Do not, however have Blind Blake's.---John (not jon)


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Subject: RE: Delia's Gone
From: Dr John
Date: 22 Mar 99 - 01:32 PM

It's certainly not on Documents complete (?) Blind Blake recordings - 4 CD's.


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Subject: Delia's Gone
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 22 Mar 99 - 10:21 AM

I've seen this credited to Blind Blake but haven't got a recording of him singing it & couldn't see one on the All-Music Guide etc. Does anyone know of a currently available recorded version by him?


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