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DeFORD BAILEY: A LEGEND LOST Photos of DeFord Bailey Courtesy of, L-R: Dennis Wile; Les Leverett; David Morton
 
TIMELINE
BIOGRAPHY
MUSIC

MUSIC
INFLUENCES | PLAYING STYLE | SONGS | HARMONICA

DeFord playing harmonica. PHOTO COPYRIGHT DENNIS WILE PHOTOGRAPHY.Songs
List of Songs
Recordings
Samples of DeFord's Music

 

Songs Performed
by DeFord Bailey

"Alberta, Don't Grieve about a Dime"
Listen"Alcoholic Blues" [Real Audio]
"Amazing Grace"
"Black Man Blues" (on guitar)
"Bunch of Blues"
"Bye Bye Blackbird"
"Casey Jones"
"Comin' 'Round the Mountain" (on harp and banjo)
Listen"Cow Cow Blues" [Real Audio]
"Cry Holy unto the Lord"
"Davidson County Blues"
"Dixie Flyer Blues"
"Early in the Morning"
"Evening Prayer Blues"
"Every Time I Feel the Spirit"
Listen"Fox Chase" [Real Audio]
"Get Out and Get under the Moon"
"Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table Some of These Days"
"Good News"
"Gotta See Mama Every Night"
"Greyhound Blues" (on guitar)
"Guitar Blues" (on guitar)
"Has the Cat Got the Whoopin' Cough and the Dog Got the Measles"
"Hesitation Blues"
"Howling Blues" (on guitar)
"Ice Water Blues"
"I'll Fly Away"
"In the Evening"
"In the Sweet Bye and Bye"
"It Ain't Gonna Rain No More"
"John Henry"
"Kansas City Blues" ("I'm Going to Kansas City") (on harp and guitar)
"Little Sally Gooden"
Listen"Lost John" (on harp and banjo) [Real Audio]
"Muscle Shoals Blues"
"My Blue Heaven" (DeFord wanted to play on the air, but Judge Hay wouldn't let him)
"Nashville Blues"
"Nice Like That"
"Old Hen Cackle"
"Old Joe Clark"
"Old Time Religion"
"Over in the Glory Land"
Listen"Pan American Blues" [Real Audio]
"A Prayer" (on guitar)
"Rattlesnake Blues" (played on guitar and harp)
"Sally Long"
"Sally Sittin' in a Saucer"
"Shake That Thing"
"Shoe Shine Boy Blues"
"Sitting on Top of the World"
"Soup Cow, Come Get Your Nubbins, Eat That One Up and Come Get Another One"
Listen"Sweet Marie" [Real Audio]
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
"Up Country Blues"
"Way Down upon the Swanee River"
"When the Saints Go Marching In"
"Whoa, Mule, Whoa"
"Wood Street Blues"
"The Worry Blues" (on guitar)
"Yes, Sir, That's My Baby"

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Source for the material in this section, including excerpts:
David C. Morton with Charles K. Wolfe, DeFord Bailey: A Black Star in Early Country Music (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1991)

Audio Sources:
Courtesy of The Legendary DeFord Bailey and Tennessee Folklore Society

Courtesy of The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


INFLUENCES | PLAYING STYLE | SONGS | HARMONICA

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