Police Dog Blues

Album: Let Them Talk (2011)
Charted: 58

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  • Hugh Laurie, aka, Dr. Gregory House of Fox's television medical drama House, is also an enthusiastic and keen musician, playing a number of different instruments. After signing a contract with Warner Bros, Laurie released a blues album, Let Them Talk, which proved a commercial success, topping the charts in several countries including Argentina and Austria. It also reached #2 in his native UK.
  • The album pays homage to New Orleans blues, a type of music in which Laurie has immersed himself all his life. He told Associated Press: "I'm approaching the source of this music that I've loved all my life and I do so with trepidation and a lot of respect. I hope people will believe and understand I'm not being cavalier about it. This is not a casual thing for me at all. This is more important than almost anything I've ever done."
  • This song was originally recorded in 1929 by Arthur "Blind" Blake, an influential ragtime blues singer and guitarist, who laid down about 80 tracks for Paramount Records between 1926 and 1932. Laurie's version debuted at #58 on the Hot 100, taking the song into the singles chart for the first time 82 years after it was written.

Comments: 1

  • Hugh Mcphee from Wick, United KingdomHugh Laurie's cover of the song is pretty darn good.
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