Date: Tue, 7 Feb 1995 23:59:34 -0500
From: "Peter L. Patrick" PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
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...
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.