Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's a Family Affair (Part Two) Key to the Highway

One of my favorite Blues songs by Chuck berry was always "I Got a Booking" from the Chuck Berry in London album from the mid 1960s.

I got a booking
With the airline
Packed up and prone to go
I'm gonna leave here by train darlin'
'Cause railway is much to slow

I'm going back
To my hometown
Where I'm better known
'Cause you haven't done nothing
But ruin a happy home.

What I didn't know when I was a kid was that it was based on Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway."  Here's a great version by a whole mess of Berry's: Chuck, Ingrid and Charles (CBII) Jr.

And here's Broonzy himself doing the song:


Anonymous said...

Excellent contrast in styles, the Rocker and the Bluesman.

Peter said...

Cool thing about Chuck is that he's got that contrast built right into his soul. Plus a bolo tie to go with it!