I Don't Know (Willie Mabon song)

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"I Don't Know" is a 1952 recording by Willie Mabon and His Combo on Parrot Records (blues label) and Chess Records. Mabon's first chart hit, it reached number one on the US Billboard R&B chart in December 1952.[1] Although the songwriting is credited to Mabon, the lyrics were derived from a Cripple Clarence Lofton tune.[citation needed]

Tennessee Ernie Ford issued the song as a single in 1953.[citation needed]

Freddie King covered the song on his 1969 album My Feeling for the Blues.[2]

In 1978, The Blues Brothers covered the song and released it on their live album, Briefcase Full of Blues.[3]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 369. 
  2. ^ "My Feeling for the Blues : Freddie King". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  3. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Briefcase Full of Blues - The Blues Brothers | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
Preceded by
"You Know I Love You" by B.B King
Billboard R&B National Best Sellers number-one single
December 27, 1952
Succeeded by
"Baby Don't Do It" by The "5" Royales