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Origin: Sittin' on Top of the World - Dylan?

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Subject: Sittin' On Top of the World
From: Terry in San Diego
Date: 01 May 98 - 12:12 AM

I have a question that, hopefully, someone will be able to clear up. The Bob Dylan "Simple Twist of Fate" website credits Dylan with the words and music to "Sittin' On Top of the World (1992 Special Rider Music). The liner notes to "Will the Circle Be Unbroken vol II" state that the song is traditional. I realize the lyrics are not exactly the same, but they're pretty close. What's the truth to this?

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Subject: RE: Sittin' On Top of the World
From: Art Thieme
Date: 01 May 98 - 02:23 AM

As several mentioned in another thread on this same topic recently, "Sittin' On Top Of The World" was a huge hit in the 30s(?) for The Mississippi Sheiks. Walter Vinson of that group told me in Chicago (1962) that he had written it. He was real ticked off that others (Howling Wolf) had taken it from him and claimed it as their own. Sam Chatmon, a sometime Shiek, also claimed to have written the song. Sam always badmouthed Walter Vinson in order to falsely build up his role in the group.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Origin: Sittin' on Top of the World - Dylan?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 07:48 PM

Sam Chatmon from the Mississippi Sheiks also claims to have written the song. This was in the 1970s and at this time there wasn't anyone to dispute him. Now it is just another mystery of the delta.


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Subject: RE: Origin: Sittin' on Top of the World - Dylan?
From: Dead Horse
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 11:13 PM

Really Guest?
I heard from somewhere that Sam Chatmon, a sometime Shiek, also claimed to have written the song.
I heard this in about May of 98, but I cant quite put my finger on where............


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Subject: RE: Origin: Sittin' on Top of the World - Dylan?
From: Dead Horse
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 11:18 PM

Sorry pal, but if you are going to resurrect a thread from 14 years ago only to repeat the last post in that thread, you deserve all you get, huh?


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Subject: RE: Origin: Sittin' on Top of the World - Dylan?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Nov 12 - 08:45 PM

The line, "if you don't like my peaches" seems to have a long history, used by Irving Berlin, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and others.
The song discussed here was written by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon, acc. to Wikipedia.
Okeh 8784, 1930, "Sitting on top of the world." See Art Thieme, 1998 post.


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