Saturday, December 19, 2009

LADIES FIRST: "When the Levee Breaks!" - Memphis Minnie > Led Zeppelin

Ladies First = She Did It First

LADIES FIRST is about to weep and moan.


Memphis Minnie was a ferocious guitarist in the early decades of Blues music. She could hold her own in any guitar dual, and if you got out of bounds she whipped out her knife.

While she sang most of her recorded songs, on this occasion the vocal was done by her then husband, Kansas Joe McCoy.

This song laments the terrible Mississippi River flood of 1927.

MEMPHIS MINNIE -"When the Levee Breaks" (1929)

Like the tremendous inspiration that they had from Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny, Led Zeppelin likewise canonized Memphis Minnie's song with this evergreen...

LED ZEPPELIN -"When the Levee Breaks" (1971)

So tell your rockboy friends that "she did it first".

© Tym Stevens

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