Re: little walter ripped off Juke from snooky pryor

Cletus white writes:

>....the thing that jumped right out 
>at me was the first cut "snooky and
>moody's boogie" from a 1948 record...
>it starts out pretty much the same
>lick as Little Walter's JUKE which 
>looks like it was recorded may 12, 
>1952 according to a couple of my 
>little walter cds..... what so 
>little walter ripped off juke from 
>snooky pryor? sounds like it to me! 
>.....will wonders never cease?

One lick does not a Juke make. Snooky played that lick, but so did
hundreds of swing musicians on several instruments, all through the
1930s and 1940s. It is well known that Little Walter copped licks and
ideas from swing and jump musicians, and that several songs attributed
to him are remakes of older R&B records dating from the late 1930s -
see the recent Little Walter biography for details.

Junior Wells has also been credited with a set-closer instrumental that
was "stolen" for Juke. But who, aside from Walter, went beyond that
famous opening lick to create the amazing work of instrumental
architecture that foreshadows one part with another, creating dynamic
commentaries and witty variations, building from verse to verse - and
all totally improvised, as the nothing-like-it surviving alternate take
attests? Nobody but Walter did that, and it sppears that he only did it


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