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Posted By: beeliner
25-Apr-10 - 07:02 AM
Thread Name: Joni Mitchell -Dylan is 'a plagiarist'
Subject: RE: Joni Mitchell -Dylan is 'a plagiarist'
Interesting comments from Reggie above, as ever. He knows his blues history better than I do and well enough to know that "Rolling and Tumbling" (or whatever Dylan calls his version) was recorded by Robert Johnson as "If I had Possession Over Judgement Day".

The thing is, it's not really Dylan's 'version'. He copies Canned Heat's arrangement (1967) virtually note for note. On CH's recording it's credited to M. Morganfield (Muddy Waters), who MIGHT have been the first to use that TITLE, but the song goes back even before Johnson, to Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers who recorded it in 1928 as "Minglewood Blues". On that recording it's credited to Noah Lewis.