When You Got a Good Friend

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"When You Got A Good Friend"
Single by Robert Johnson
Released unissued
Recorded San Antonio, Texas
Monday, November 23, 1936
Genre Blues
Label Vocalion
Writer(s) Robert Johnson

"When You Get A Good Friend" is a blues song recorded on November 23, 1936 in San Antonio, Texas by legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. The song was unissued until 1961, when it was included on the LP King of the Delta Blues Singers. Johnson performed the song in the key of E, and recorded two takes, the second of which was used for the LP.[1] Both takes are included on the album The Complete Recordings. A cover of this song was also features on Eric Clapton's 2004 album Me and Mr. Johnson.

The song uses the melody made popular by the hit record M & O Blues by Walter Davis. Johnson composed two songs to this melody - "Ramblin' On My Mind" and "When You Got A Good Friend" - with different musical approaches and different guitar tunings, although both were in the key of E.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dixon, Robert M. W., John Godrich, & Howard Rye (1997) Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943 Fourth edition, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-816239-1
  2. ^ Komara, Edward (2007). The Road to Robert Johnson, The genesis and evolution of blues in the Delta from the late 1800s through 1938. pp. 47-48. Hal Leonard. ISBN 0-634-00907-9