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Monday 24 January 2022

It's Off To Work We Go

Today we have songs from four men each named after one of the Seven Dwarfs. Apologies to Grumpy, Sneezy and Dopey for not giving you each a song of your own, but I have spoken to Zoot and they assure me you are the three fellows they are singing about. That sounds a bit unlikely in Grumpy's case to be honest, but let's not get into that.

"Martha Hardin" - Sleepy John Estes

"Black Smoke" - Bashful Brother Oswald

"Door Mat Blues" - Doc Sausage & His Mad Lads

"Going Down To See Bessie" - Happy & Artie Traum

"Three Jolly Little Dwarfs" - Zoot


  1. Doc Sausage & His Mad Lads is a great band name. I've been playing an awful lot of The Band recently, in an effort to whittle down a possible ICA. I had no idea that anyone had covered Bessie Smith. Happy & Artie messed around with the lyrics a little I think.

    1. Happy & Artie actually released it first. Their version came out in 1970 and the Band/Dylan version wasn't on the original Basement Tapes bootleg knocking about at the time. Happy was an occasional Dylan contributor around then and was part of the line-up that re-recorded some Basement Tapes tracks for "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol II", so presumably him and Artie picked it up straight from the factory.