How Long Blues (Leroy Carr, Mayo Williams)

registered as composers for the copyright are also J. Baird, John Lee Hooker, Archie Shepp and others [GEMA]

Sources: -

Sheet Music:

Folk Blues: 113 amerikanische Folk Blues für Gesang, Klavier und Gitarre/Jerry Silverman. Mainz u.a., 1979 – Copyright 1929

Early Blues Songbook: a collection of early blues in words and music / Paul Oliver. London u.a., 1982 – Copyright 1928

Recordings:

1928 - Leroy Carr - June 19, 1928 - Indianapolis IN - IND-623-A Vocalion 1191 - Leroy Carr (v,p), Scrapper Blackwell (g)

1928 - Gladys Bentley - Aug. 31, 1928 - New York City - OKeh 8612

1928 - Leroy Carr - Dec. 19, 1928 - Chicago IL - C-2688-A Vocalion 1241 - Leroy Carr (v,p), Scrapper Blackwell (g) - "How Long How Long Blues Part 2"

1928 - Leroy Carr - Dec. 20, 1928 - Chicago IL - C-2689-A Vocalion 1279 - Leroy Carr (v,p), Scrapper Blackwell (g) - "How Long How Long Blues Part 3"

1928 - Blind Lemon Jefferson - c July 1928 - Chicago IL - 20788-1 Paramount 12685 - Blind Lemon Jefferson (v,g) -

1928 - Sonny Porter - Oct. 5, 1928 - 147107-3 Columbia 14366-D - Willie Jackson, J.C. Johnson, Eddie Lang

1929 - Jed Davenport

1928 - Tampa Red - Nov. 9, 1928 - Chicago IL - C-2537-A Vocalion 1228 - Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band (Frankie Jaxton (v), Georgia Tom Dorsey (p), Tampa Red, Martell Petiford (g), Herman Brown (k,wb), Carl Reid (jazzhorn,j))

(1928/29) - Gladys Bently

1929 - Tampa Red - Jan. 16, 1929 - Chicago IL - C-2807- Vocalion 1258 - Tampa Red (g)

1931 - Skip James - Grafton WS - Feb. 1931 - L-761-1 Paramount 13085 - Skip James (v,p) - "How Long "Buck""

1932 - Leroy Carr - March 15, 1932 - New York City - 11494-A-Vo 1716 - Leroy Carr (v,p), Scrapper Blackwell (g) - "How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone"

1935 - Kokomo Arnolds

1935 - Shelly Armstrong (Bumble Bee Slim (Amos Easton)) - July 18/19, 1935 - Chicago IL - Champion 5008 - Amos Easton...

(1936) - Nat Gonella and His Georgians

1938-52 - Blind John Davis

(1939) - Count Basie - June 24, 1939 - Count Basie (p), James Rushing (v), Buddy Tate, Lester Young, Earle Warren, Jack Washington (s), Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Shad Collins (t), Benny Morton, Dan Minor, Dicky Wells (tr), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d)

(1939) - Jimmy Yancey

(1939/40) - Coleman Hawkins

(1939/40) - Wingy Manone & His Orchestra

1940 - Big Joe Turner

(1940) - Lead Belly - Washington DC - Aug. 23, 1940 - 4469-A-3, 4471-B-4 Library of Congress - Lead Belly (v,g)

(1940-46) - Varsity Seven

1942 - Count Basie Orchestra

1942 - Lead Belly - May 11, 1942 - Washington DC - field recording by Alan Lomax - Leadbelly (g,v), Sonny Terry (v,h), Brownie McGhee (v,g)

(1943) - Lead Belly - New York City - c Aug. 1943 - SC-260- Asch 343-1 - Leadbelly (g,v), Sonny Terry (h)

(1943) - Jimmy Yancey - Dec. 1943 - Chicago IL - Session 12-003 - Jimmy Yancey (p)

1943 - Jimmy Yancey, Estelle "Mama" Yancey - Dec. 1943 - Chicago IL - Session 12-002 - Jimmy Yancey (harmonium), Estelle "Mama" Yancey (v)

1945 - Champion Jack Dupree - New York City - Continental 6064 - Jack Dupree Trio (Champion Jack Dupree (v,p), Brownie McGhee (g), Count Emondson (b))

1946 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill - Feb.5, 1946 - Chicago IL - C-5 Circle 1003, Riverside 1059, on: Chippie Hill Sings The Blues - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v) Lee Collins (tr), John Lindsay (b), Freddie Shayne (p), Baby Dodds (d) - listen on YouTube

1947 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill - July 5, 1947 - New York City - Queen-Disc Q-048, on: Ida Cox And Bertha Chippie Hill - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Wild Bill Davison (cn), Jimmy Achey (tb), Albert Nicholas (cl), Ralph Sutton (p), Danny Barker (g), Pops Foster (b), Johnny Blowers (d)

(1947/48) - Jimmy Whiterspoon

(1947-51) - Gene Phillips

(1949) - John Lee Hooker - Oct. 18, 1949 [Aug. 1951] - Detroit MI - Flyright 57, on: The Unknown John Lee Hooker (released 2000), Eagle 279, on: Jack O' Diamonds (released 2004) - John Lee Hooker (v,g)

1949 - Ray Charles

(1949/50) - Maxin Trio

1951 - Jimmy Yancey - Rhino Atlantic, on: Pure Blues

(1951) - Jimmy Yancey, Estelle "Mama" Yancey- June 16/17 1951 - Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Buzz Reynolds (cl), Dick Mushlitz (bj)

1952 - Big Bill Broonzy - Feb. 5, 1952 - Paris, France - Vogue 605-30, on: Concert Salle Pleyel Vol. 33 - Big Bill Broonzy (v,g), Blind John Davis (p)

(1951-57) - Johnnie Ray

1952 - Jimmy Yancey, Estelle "Mama" Yancey - July 18, 1951 - Chicago IL - A 739 Atlantic 130, on: Same (released 1952) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Israel Crosby (b)

1954 - Meade Lux Lewis - Tradition, on: Tidal Boogie

1954-57 - Jimmy Rushing

1956 - Lonnie Donegan - Hallmark, on: Showcase

1956 - Big Joe Turner - on: The Boss of the Blues sings Kansas City Jazz - Big Joe Turner, Pete Johnson (p), Joe Newman (tr), Lawrence Brown (tb), Pete Brown (a-sax), Frank Wess (t-sax), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Cliff Leeman (d)

1956 - Josh White - Jan. 30/31, 1956 - Wooded Hill, on: Blues And... (released 1998)

1957 - Wilbur DeParis - Atlantic, on: New Orleans Blues

1957 - Brother John Sellers - Sackville Recordings, on: Paris 1957 (released 2009)

(1957) - T-Bone Walker - Dec. 27, 1957 - Los Angeles CA - A 2906 Atlantic 7226, on: Texas Guitar: From Dallas To L.A. - T-Bone Walker (v,g), Plas Johnson (ts), Ray Johnson (p), Joe Comfort (b), Earl Palmer (d)

(1957/58) - Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee

(1959) - Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell - Indiana: Indianapolis - 77

1959? - John Lee Hooker - April 1959 - Detroit MI - Riverside 838, on: The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker (v,g)

1959 - Milt Jackson with Ray Charles - Sept. 12, 1957-April 10, 1958 - Atlantic, on: Soul Brothers

1959 - Memphis Slim - April 3, 1959 - New York City - United Artists 3050, on: Alan Lomax presents Folk Song Festival At Carnegie Hall - Memphis Slim (v,p), Muddy Waters (g), Al Hall (b), Shep Sheppard (d)

1959 - Jimmie Witherspoon - Live

1960 - Henry "Red" Allen - Verve, on: Red Allen Plays King Oliver

(1960) - John Lee Hooker - Newark, NJ - Muse 5205, on: Sittin' Here Thinkin' (released 1979) - John Lee Hooker (v,g), Eddie Kirkland (g), unknown (b,d)

1961 - Champion Jack Dupree - Copenhagen, Denmark - Dec. 13, 1960 - on: Champion Jack Dupree plays Leroy Carr - Champion Jack Dupree (v,p)

1961 - Milt Jackson - Jan. 17, 1956-March 14, 1961 - Atlantic, on: The Art of Milt Jackson

1961 - Memphis Slim - Jan./Feb. 1961 - New York City - United Artists 3137/6137, on: Memphis Slim: Broken Soul Blues (released 1961) - Memphis Slim (v,p), Muddy Waters (g), unknown (b), poss. Francis Clay or Casey Jones (d)

1961 - Albert Wynn & His Gutbucket Seven - Original Jazz Classics, on: Chicago: The Living Legends - Albert Wynn (tb), Darnell Howard (cl), Bill Martin (tr), Bus Moten (p) alt. Blind John Davis (p), Mike McKendrick (g), Robert Wilson (b), Booker T. Washington (d)

(1961) - Estelle "Mama" Yancey, Little Brother Montgomery - Sept. 8, 1961 - Chicago IL - 389 Riverside 403, on: Chicago-The Living Legends: South Side Blues - Mamy Yancey (v), Little Brother Montgomery (p), Sam Hill (g), George "Pops" Foster (b), Earl Watkins (d)

1962 - Ramblin' Jack Elliott - May 18, 1962 - on: Prestige, Jack Elliott at the Second Fret, Recorded Live

1962 - Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated - June 8, 1962 - Radioactive, on: R&B from the Marquee

1962 - Odetta - April 11/12, 1962 - Riverside, on: Odetta and the Blues - Buck Clayton (tr), Vic Dickenson (tb), Herb Hall (cl), Dick Wellstood (p), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b), Shep Shepherd (d)

1962/63 - Lou Rawls - Oct. 1, 1962-Aug. 7, 1963 - on: Black and Blue/Tobacco Road

1963 - Ella Fitzgerald - Verve, on: These Are the Blues

1963 - Jesse Fuller - May 13, 1963 - Prestige, on: Jesse Fuller's Favorites

1963 - Davy Graham - 1962 - Castle Music Ltd., on: The Guitar Player

1963 - Jimmy Reed - on: Jimmy Reed Sings the Best of the Blues

(1964-66) - Long John Baldry

1964 - Dinah Washington - July 5-Nov. 29, 1962 - on: Back to the Blues

1964 - Albert Nicholas with Art Hodes' All Star Stompers - July 30/31, 1958 - Delmark, on: Albert's Back in Town

(1964/65) - Georg Brunis and His Rhythm Kings - June 7, 1964,July 26, 1965 - Jazzology

1965 - Tim Hardin - on: How Long

1965 - B.B. King - June 24, 1965 - Chicago IL - 12712 ABC 528, on: Confessin' the Blues - B.B. King (v,g), Carl Adams (tp), John Watson (tb), Lawrence Burdine (as), Vernon Slater (ts), Johnny Board (bs), Duke Jethro (org), Leo Blevins (g), Leo Lauchie (b), Sonny Freeman (d), unknown (p)

1965 - Jack Sheldon - VSOP, on: Jack Sheldon Presents the Entertainers

1966 - Champion Jack Dupree - May 28, 1966 - Jasmine, on: Jivin with Jack: Live in Manchester, May 1966 (released 2002)

(1966) - Lou Rawls

(1968) - Babe Stovall

(1969) - Albert Nicholas/Henry Chaix Trio - Sept. 5, 1969 - Kornhaus Theater, Baden 1969

1969 - Sammy Price - Black Lion, on: Barrelhouse and Blues

1970 - Hot Tuna - Sept. 1969 - RCA, on: Hot Tuna

1971 - Del McCoury - Aug. 9, 1971 - Rebel, on: Livin' on the Mountain

1971 - Jimmy Rushing - Vanguard, on: Goin' to Chicago

1972 - Memphis Slim - Sept.-Dec. 1970 - Barclay, on: Old Times, New Times

1974 - Sunnyland Slim - Dec. 17, 1974 - Black & Blue, on: Travelin' (released 2002)

(1975) - Johnny Shines - Feb. 19-21, 1975 - on: "Live" in Europe 1975 (released 2005)

(1977/78) - Carol Leigh - GHB, on: You've Got to Give Me Some (released 1996)

1980 - Archie Shepp, Horace Parlan - Feb. 6, 1980 - Steeplechase, on: Trouble in Mind - Archie Shepp (p), Horace Parlan (sax)

80s - Doc Watson/Merle Watson

1982 - Archie Edwards - on: American Folk Blues Festival '82

1982 - Big Joe Turner/Roy Eldridge - Aug. 27, 1975 - Pablo, on: Nobody in Mind

1982 - Archie Shepp, Horace Parlan - Westwind, on: Mama Rose in Concert - Archie Shepp (p), Horace Parlan (sax)

(1982) - Estelle "Mama" Yancey, Axel Zwingenberger - Oct. 19, 1982 - Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)

1983 - Mama Estella Yancey - 1982/83 - Chicago IL - Evidence, on: Maybe I'll Cry - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)

1985 - Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham - Concord, on: Midnight Mama

1986 - Archie Edwards - June 1986 - NorthernBlues Music, on: The Toronto Sessions (released 2001)

1989 - Butch Thompson - March 1-3, 1989 - Daring, on: Chicago Breakdown 88's

(1990) - Champion Jack Dupree, Axel Zwingenberger - München GER - Sept. 1990 - Champion Jack Dupree (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p), Mogens Basse Seidelin (b), Michael Strasser (dr)

1994 - Eric Clapton - Reprise, on: From the Cradle

1994 - Art Hodes & the Magnolia Jazz Band - GHB Records, on: Art Hodes & the Magnolia Jazz Band

1994 - Myra Melford & Han Bennink - Feb. 11/12, 1994 - Hatology, on: Eleven Ghosts

1996 - Mick Abrahams - A New Day, on: One

1996 - Spencer Bohren - Zephur Artists, on: Dirt Roads

1996 - Robert Lockwood Jr. - on: I Got To Find Me A Woman

1996 - The New York Allstars - Hamburg GER - Nov. 2, 1996 - Nagel Heyer, on: The Count Basie Remembered - Randy Sandke (tr), Dan Barrett (tb), Brian Oglivie (cl), Billy Mitchell, Mark Shane (p), James Chirillo (g), Bob Haggart (b), Joe Ascione (d)

1996 - Christian Willisohn - Blues Beacon, on: Blues on the World

1997 - Pinetop Perkins/Tony O/Portnoy/Vickers - 1996 - Telarc Distribution, on: Born in the Delta

1997 - Andy Griffith - Madacy, on: Favorite Old Time Songs

1998 - Rollie Tussing III - One Man, on: Blow Whistle Blow

1999 - Jimmy Murphy - Sugar Hill Records, on: Electricity

2000 - Bryan Jacobs - Orchard, on: Remington Steel

2000 - John Mooney - Blind Pig Records, on: Gone to Hell

2001 - Jorma Kaukonen Trio - Relix, on: Live

2001 - Rhett Tyler & Early Warning - Orchard, on: Live at Manny's Car Wash

2002 - Trenton Cooper - Oct. 18, 1981-Nov. 2, 1990 - Wolf, on: Piano Styles of Trenton Cooper

2002 - John Miller - Vivid Sound, on: Let's Go Riding

2003 - James Cotton - Telarc Distribution, on: Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes

2003 - Dave Clark's Blues Swingers - June 24, 1991-Jan. 1999 - Delmark, on: Switchin' in the Kitchen

2003 - Davis Coen - Nov. 1994-Apr. 1995 - Minglewood, on: Cryin' the Blues

2003 - Bob Hall - Castle Music Ltd., on: At the Window

2003 - Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne - May 6, 2002 - Isabel, on: Blues Carry Me Home

2004 - James Cotton - Telarc Distribution, on: Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes

2004 - Chick Roberts - Old Blue Goat, on: Blue Turning Gray

2006 - Laurie "Waddy" Mitchell - on: Ol' Soul

2008 - Jeff Barnhart - on: Ballads & Blues

2008 - Zoe Cassotis - on: Debut

2008 - Michael Falzarano - Woodstock, on: We Are All One

2008 - Pinetop Perkins - on: Pinetop Perkins & Friends

2009 - Ramblin' Jack Elliott - on: A Stranger Here

? - Doc Wiley Trio

? - Speckled Red

 

TOP - and further vocal and instrumental versions

How Long How Long Blues (Leroy Carr 1928):

How long, babe, how long,
Has that evening train been gone?
How long, how long, baby how long.

I stood at the station, watched my baby leavin' town,
Blue and disgusted, nowhere could she be found.
How long, how long, baby how long.

I can hear the whistle blowin', but I cannot see no train,
And it's deep down in my heart baby, there lies an aching pain,
But how long, how long, baby how long.

Sometimes I feel so disgustin', and I feel so blue,
That I hardly know what in this world, baby, just to do,
But how long, how long, baby how long.

And if I could holler like I was a mountain jack,
I'd go up on the mountain and I'd call my baby back
But how long, how long, baby how long.

And if someday you're gonna be sorry that you've done me wrong,
Well it will be too late, baby, I'll be gone.
But so long, so long, baby so long.

My mind get's a ramblin', I feel so bad,
And if I did bad love, that I have had,
Couse how long, how long, baby how long.

How Long How Long Blues Part 2:

How long, baby, how long,
Must I keep my watch in pawn?
How long, how long, baby, how long.

I'm goin' to the pawnshop, put my watch in pawn,
I don't want it to tell me that you have been gone
For so long, so long, baby, so long.

I had some tough luck lately, I got locked up in jail,
I called for you, baby, to come and go my bail
For how long, how long, baby, how long?

I'm goin' down to Georgia, been up in Tennessee
So look me over baby - the last you'll see of me
For so long, so long, baby, so long.

The last time I tried to love you, you were so very cold
I thought that I was standing holding ...[?]
But how long, how, how long, baby, how long?

I can see the green grass growin' on the hill
But I ain't seen the green grass on a dollar bill.
For so long, so long, how long.

Don't have no money for a ticket on the train
But I would ride the rugs, baby, to be with you again
For how long, how, how long, baby, how long?

How Long How Long Blues Part 3:

How long, babe, how long,
Must I sing my lonesome song?
How long, how, how long, baby, how long?

I have been waiting but the mailman leaves no mail.
I'm just drifting like a ship without a sail.
But how long, how, how long, baby, how long?

Sometimes I think you love me and I feel so glad,
But you stay away baby and then I feel so bad.
But how long, how, how long, baby, how long?

And if some day you'll find me, baby, six feet under the ground,
And you know it's because you quit me you won't have my face turned down
For how long, how, how long, baby, how long?

You're gonna love me, baby, and I'll do the best I can,
But if you had to quit me why [feel] some other woman's man
But how long, how, how long, baby, how long?

Last night I heard a hound dog, babe, and I felt so blue.
Cause I [feel he] was on the way, [god], looking down at you
How long, how, how long, baby, how long?

Sometimes I get to dreaming that you're coming back.
And I go down to the station and gaving up the track.
But how long, how, how long, baby, how long?


Other Lyrics:

The brook runs into the river, river runs into the sea
If I don't run into my baby, a train is goin' to run into me.
How long...

I went up on the mountain, looked as far as I could see
The man had my woman and the blues had poor me.
How long...

If you don't believe I'm sinkin' see what a hole I'm in,
If you don't believe me baby, look what a fool I've been,
How long...

You gonna be sorry, you feel so blue
If you would leave me I declare i wont want you
How long...