Shotgun Blues

Album: Shotgun Blues (1941)

Songfacts®:

  • There have been several songs called "Shotgun Blues," but the first appears to have been written and performed by the blues harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson.

    A recording was made at Chicago on April 4, 1941, with Big Bill Broonzy on guitar. This was released on Bluebird Records, and appears to be the first ever recording of the song, on record at least. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 1

  • Roberto from U.s.NOT TRUE. Woody Herman "And His Band That Played The Blues" recorded Blues Upstairs for Decca Records on April 12, 1939. He borrowed the lyrics from Shotgun Blues so the tune obviously predates 1939. Most likely no one really knows exactly who wrote it, like so many other Blues tunes...
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