Monday, 18 May 2015

In Memoria - B.B. King blasts out "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"

well, my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold - now I believe what the Bible told  

A tribute to the late great Riley B. King who, sadly, passed away a few days back at the fine age of 89.

Here, Mr. King blasts out a great version of the classic "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" live at London's Royal Albert Hall, back in mid 2011.

This powerful, bijou, slice of blues was first recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1927 and became one of his most famous compositions.

A Jefferson recording of the song was included in the seminal Anthology of American Folk Music collection released in 1952 by Folkways Records.

Son House used the melody on his 1930 recording of "Mississippi County Farm Blues".

Most famously, the song became associated with Bob Dylan.

As well as being, for decades, part of his live repertoire, His Bobness recorded "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"  for his eponymous 1962 debut album.

Dylan recorded the song again with his then-backing group The Band as part of the legendary set of recordings known as The Basement Tapes - a collection of well over 100 songs recorded in the summer of 1967 in West Saugerties, New York.

A few months back, Columbia Records released The Basement Tapes Complete by Dylan and The Band - comprising 138 tracks as a special six-CD box set The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete. Oddly, the recording of "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" did not appear therein.


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