Old Fashioned Love and Nobody’s Got The Blues Like Me – 1958

Barbara Dane

A jazz standard and a powerful blues sung by Barbara Dane early in her career

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Barbara Dane, who was born in 1927 and was still active at the age of 95 in 2022, was a powerful singer whose career was quite wide-ranging.

She began her singing career performing with New Orleans and Dixieland bands, appeared with Louis Armstrong on the televised Timex Al-Star Jazz Show, toured with Jack Teagarden, and utilized veteran jazz artists on her recordings.

A very talented blues singer, she performed with such veterans as Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Mama Yancey, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Little Brother Montgomery, and Willie Dixon among others.

Always involved in political and social issues, her music by the mid-1960s was emphasizing protest music and folk songs, but she never discarded the blues nor her love for early jazz.

Here is Barbara Dane when she was 29 in 1958, appearing on Bobby Troup’s Stars Of Jazz program.

Troup introduces her and she performs James P. Johnson’s “Old Fashioned Love” and the Bessie Smith-associated “Nobody’s Got The Blues Like Me” while accompanied by the Firehouse Five Plus Two.

-Scott Yanow


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