RIP: bluesman Rosco Gordon

Rosco GordonIt was another age, of course. But I can’t help thinking about the blues songwriter Rosco Gordon who died recently. He and Jimmy McCrackin wrote “Just a Little Bit” in the fifties and played to to a record company who passed on it – but copyrighted the song just in case. It went on to be recorded by some 50 performers. More rough treatment followed. “When I found I had lost the rights to over 300 songs,” he once said, “it felt like someone was choking me when I try to sing.” He subsequently set up a dry cleaning business with money he won at poker.

The moral? I don’t know. But it can be a tough business, songwriting. Sure you still want to get involved?


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