Match Box Blues — Blind Lemon Jefferson (OKeh and Paramount, 1927)

Blind Lemon Jefferson, one of the most influential and prolific of the early blues giants, left a massive recorded legacy of lyrics that became permanent elements of the blues lexicon. One of the most enduring of his themes was ‘Match Box Blues,’ with its classic down-and-out line ‘wonderin’ will a match box hold my clothes.’ The song was recorded by bluesmen such as Albert King decades later, and it also quickly passed into the white country tradition with 1930s versions by Larry Hensley and the western swing band Roy Newman and His Boys, culminating with Carl Perkins’ hit rockabilly rendition of 1957; and Perkins’ version, of course, was picked up by the Beatles. Jefferson recorded the song three times in 1927, once for OKeh Records and twice for Paramount.

2016-11-10T17:06:57+00:00 November 10th, 2016|