32-20 Blues

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"32-20 Blues"
Single by Robert Johnson
B-side "Last Fair Deal Gone Down"
Released April 1937 (1937-04)
Format Ten-inch 78 rpm record
Recorded San Antonio, Texas, November 26, 1936
Genre Delta blues
Length 2:49
Label Vocalion (no. 03445)
Writer(s) Robert Johnson

"32-20 Blues" is a blues song by Delta blues musician Robert Johnson. It was recorded during his second recording session in San Antonio, Texas, on November 26, 1936. The title refers to .32-20 Winchester ammunition, which could be used in handguns as well as smaller rifles. The song is partially based on the Skip James song "22-20 Blues". The song was released in April the following year on Vocalion Records as a 78 rpm record. It was included on the first reissue of Johnson's songs, King of the Delta Blues Singers in 1961. In 1990, it was released on compact disc as part of The Complete Recordings box set.[1]

The song has been recorded by many artists, including Muddy Waters, the New York Dolls, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Alexis Korner, Flamin' Groovies, Johnny Winter, Gov't Mule, Rory Block, the Peter Green Splinter Group, Keith Richards, and Peter Laughner.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Johnson: 32-20 Blues – Appears On". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Song Search Results for 32-20 Blues". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 22, 2014.