Black Jack Davy in His Various Forms
November 24, 2015 – 01:49 pm
Among the various permutations of "Black Jack Davy"...
Here's Warren Smith with one of the first recorded versions of the song, recording for Sun Records in 1956:
Woody Guthrie's take:
Since Bob Dylan is a known nicker, especially of folk traditionals, I believe he nicked the descriptive "Spanish Leather" from "Black Jack Davy" for his own "Boots of Spanish Leather" back in the early 60s. Through the magic of the internet, I now see that author Michael Grey [Song & Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan] has also postulated the same theory. Here is Dylan's version of "Blackjack Davey":
The Waterboys are a trad folk tinged rock band, so of course they had to weigh in with another interpretation of "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy":
I drove down to LA in 2001 to see Elliott Smith perform at the Sunset Junction Street Fair. It was one of the most disheartening experiences of my life - he was at his disillusioned and drugged out worst, but one song that stood out at that show, and not just because it was one of the only ones he managed to complete, was "Black Jack Davy, " something I had never heard him cover before. It was a sweet little surprise in an otherwise depressing as all hell performance. (FYI: The braided hair is in tribute to Willie Nelson, and the screaming in the background is due to the fair rides in close proximity to the stage.)
The White Stripes contribute probably my favorite version of "Black Jack Davey" to date. Thanks to Jack White's electrifying guitar work, the song has a compelling intensity that brings its story to life:
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