Gin House Blues

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"Gin House Blues"
Single by Amen Corner
B-side "I Know"
Released July 1967 (1967-07)
Recorded 1967
Genre Blues, blues-rock
Length 3:12
Label Deram Records – DM 136
Writer(s) credited to Fletcher Henderson and Henry Troy (A-side)
Andy Fairweather-Low (B-side)
Producer(s) Noel Walker
Amen Corner singles chronology
"Gin House Blues"
"The World of Broken Hearts"

"Gin House Blues" is the title of two different blues songs, which have become confused over the years. Both songs were first recorded by Bessie Smith.

The song originally titled "Gin House Blues" was written in 1925 by Fletcher Henderson and Henry Troy,[1] and recorded by Bessie Smith with Henderson on 18 March 1926.[2] It has the opening lines "I've got a sad sad story today / I'm goin' to the gin house when the whistle blows..."

However, the song now most usually called "Gin House" or "Gin House Blues" – with the opening lines "Stay away from me 'cause I'm in my sin / If this place gets raided, it's just me and my gin..." – is an entirely different song. It was originally entitled "Me and My Gin", and was recorded by Bessie Smith on 25 August 1928 and released on Columbia 14384-D.[3] It was written by "Harry Burke",[3][4] which may be a pseudonym of the pianist and songwriter James C. Johnson.[5] It is this song which has been recorded by many musicians over the years under the title "Gin House Blues" (see listing below), with authorship usually credited to Henderson and Troy, apparently in error.

Recorded versions of "Me and My Gin" under the title "Gin House Blues"[edit]


  1. ^ "Gin House Blues – Bessie Smith". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Blues Online Bessie Smith". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bessie Smith". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Steve Huey (27 February 1981). "J.C. Johnson | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 21. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Gin House Blues : Search results". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 

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