Monday, January 28, 2008

Quiet Whiskey

Back to the Big Rock Candy Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs, and we've got a special one for you today.

Wynonie Harris.

If they had a hall of fame for artists who've perfected the drinking song, Harris would be one of the first inductees, placing 4 songs in the Top 100 ("Don't Take My Whiskey Away From Me", "Quiet Whiskey", "Bloodshot Eyes", and "Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well"), with several more just missing the cut.

Harris was a master Rhythm and Blues shouter, swinging through a litany of vices-sex, gambling, boozing, and general all-around partying, with crack bands wailing behind him. We think he's one of the great artists of the 20th Century.

Below you can find all four of his Top 100 songs, plus a few more besotted numbers for your enjoyment.

Iechyd da!

Wynonie Harris: Don't Take My Whiskey Away From Me (mp3)

Wynonie Harris: Quiet Whiskey (mp3)

Wynonie Harris: Bloodshot Eyes (mp3)

Wynonie Harris: Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well (mp3)

Wynonie Harris: Wine Sweet Wine (mp3)

Wynonie Harris: Drinkin' Sherry Wine (mp3)

Wynonie Harris: Whiskey and Jelly-Roll Blues (mp3)

Wynonie Harris: Drinkin' By Myself (mp3)

Please support your local, independent gin mill.


Mark P said...

Not to mention that Wynonie recorded the first rock'n'roll record, "Good Rockin' Tonight," in 1948. Thanks for the great posting, and welcome back. Looking forward to more from the Mountain.

Anonymous said...

Wynonie Harris should be better know than he already is. Thanks for the posts.

Fred G. Sanford said...

muchas gracias,
I learned something today
at BarStool MOUNTAIN.