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Show 62 - Historical Figures and the Law

Show 62 - Historical Figures and the Law

If you cannot see the audio controls, your browser does not support the audio element Many blues songs feature real historical figures. Some are figures who operate on both side of the law, sometimes straddling that divide. These are all folks from Memphis, North Mississippi and Arkansas. We'll start with a song about a man Jim Kinane, the man who ran the Memphis underworld including club’s featuring live music including Beale Street’s Monarch Club which might be the place Robert Wilkins is singing about. It was a gambling hall where you could find whiskey, drugs, and women. Old Jim Canaan’s was recorded in 1935: I wished I was back at old Jim Canan'sI’d take my baby to old Jim Canaan’sI wished I was back at old Jim Canan'sI'd stand on the corner and wave my handAnd if you don't believe that I'm a drinking man Just baby stop by here with your beer canI wish I was back at old Jim Canan'sI’d take my baby to old Jim Canaan’s I wished I was back at old Jim Canan'sI’d take my baby to

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