Date: Tue, 7 Feb 1995 23:59:34 -0500


Subject: Re: cakewalk

Now Mike, granted you might be a bit older than me (the original

"Johnny B. Goode" came out in Dec. 1957, nearly 2 years before I did!)...

But I've never heard of Chuck Berry doing the CAKE-walk, except maybe

when he was growing up in St. Louis. It was his DUCK-walk that drove

'em wild on stage and "deliver[ed] us from the days of old"...

But for a cakewalk that can't be beat, check out Taj Mahal's

"Recycling the Blues and Other Related Stuff" (1972) for the guitar-

and-tuba duet on "Cakewalk into Town":

"I had the blues so bad one time

It put my face in a permanent frown

But now I'm feeling so much better

I could cakewalk into town

I woke up feeling so good this morning

I lay back down again..."

at which point decency demands that you get your own recording or

respond privately. No little kids in this song...

--peter patrick

PS. I believe Huddie Ledbetter also recorded a cakewalk but I don't

know where. He learned directly from the minstrel tradition when it

was still going, 'course, not reviving it from near-death like Taj.