[Dixielandjazz] Jelly Roll Morton Song Question

Stan Brager sbrager at socal.rr.com
Mon Feb 9 12:17:58 PST 2004

"Don't You Leave Me Here" was recorded by Morton for the General Recording
Company on December 16, 1939. It was a solo piano recording. The General
masters were acquired by Commodore Records which was later bought by MCA.
The complete General recordings were released on a Commodore CD called "Last

The liner notes by Butch Thompson reads:

"Don't You Leave Me Here" is his recasting of a folk tune published by
Robert Hoffman as "I'm Alabama Bound" in 1909. Regardless of authorship
(Morton claimed it at the Library of Congress), this reshaping, complete
with the characteristic Morton "verse" section following the first vocal,
makes Morton's record definitive."

 The Commodore recording also lists Morton as the composer.

Stan Brager

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kurt" <bowermastergroup at qwest.net>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2004 9:57 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Jelly Roll Morton Song Question

> Song question:
> I'm listening to "Don't You Leave Me Here" as played by The Dukes of
> Dixieland from their Salute to Jelly Roll Morton CD.  Since the song is on
> that CD, I assume Jelly Roll wrote it.
> The liner notes don't give any details about the song.  Does anyone on
> know when it was written, why it was written, any other info about the
> etc?
> I'm thinking about adding it to my band's repertoire and would like set it
> up to the audience prior to playing it.
> Thanks.
> Kurt

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