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
Producer(s) H.C. Speir
Charlie Patton singles chronology
"Pony Blues"
"Prayer of Death" (Parts 1 & 2)

"Pony Blues" is a Delta blues song recorded by blues musician Charley Patton. The song was cut during Patton's first session in June 1929, and was the first song ever recorded by him. It has become one of his most recognizable songs.

Recording and background[edit]

Patton wrote Pony Blues sometime around the age 19, and is one of the first songs Patton ever wrote. He would record another rendition of this song later in "Stone Pony Blues."

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

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