Pony Blues

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"Pony Blues"
Single by Charlie Patton
B-side "Banty Rooster Blues"
Released 1929
Format 78"
Recorded June 14, 1929
Richmond, Indiana
Genre Delta blues
Length 3:02
Label Paramount
Writer(s) Charlie Patton
Charlie Patton singles chronology
"Pony Blues"
"Prayer of Death" (Parts 1 & 2)

"Pony Blues" is a Delta blues song recorded in 1929 by Charley Patton. The recording was the first he made in his short career. It is considered one of his greatest songs.

Recording and background[edit]

With the help of record store owner H. C. Speir, Patton obtained his first recording session, for Paramount Records, on June 14, 1929. He cut 14 sides, including "Pony Blues" (vocal and guitar).[1] Patton's compositions "Banty Rooster Blues" and "Down the Dirt Road" were also recorded at this session.[2]

Notable cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Dicaire, David. Blues Singers, McFarland & Company (1999), page 7 - ISBN 0-7864-0606-2
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness (1995), page 3201. ISBN 1-56159-176-9

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