Week 8 - Survivor Blues History

Week 8: "Something Inside of Me"

Originally by Elmore James

(January 27,1918 – May 24, 1963).


Walter Talks About the Song: 


"Born in Richland, Mississippi, James started playing the diddley bow at age 12. He started performing in bands in the late 30s, and after a stint in the Navy in WWII, he teamed up with Sonny Boy Williamson and performed all over the South. In 1951, he released Dust My Broom, which started his solo career.


He moved to Chicago in 1953, recording many classic songs and playing and touring until his premature death from a heart attack at age 45. This song has true beauty and power both in James’ vocals and slide guitar playing. It is also quite different than a lot of his more well-known songs where he plays his patented “Dust-My-Broom-Slide-Intro." We tried to do this song in our own style."


James' Version:


Our Version:



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