|Single by Charlie Patton|
|B-side||"Banty Rooster Blues"|
|Recorded||June 14, 1929
|Charlie Patton singles chronology|
"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
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). Patton's compositions "Banty Rooster Blues" and "Down the Dirt Road" were also recorded at this session.
Notable cover versions
- Big Joe Williams: Classic Delta Blues (1966)
- Canned Heat: Living the Blues (1968)
- Son House: The Great Bluesmen at Newport (1976)
- Cephas & Wiggins: Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1 (1981)
- Howlin' Wolf: "The Memphis Days: Definitive Edition, Vol. 2" (1990)
- Corey Harris: Between Midnight and Day (1995)
- Alvin Youngblood Hart: Big Mama's Door (1996)
- Paul Geremia: Love, Murder & Mosquitos (2004)
- Cassandra Wilson: Silver Pony (2010)