''BABY PLEASE DON'T GO''
is a remarkably simple song. Its got one chord, uncomplicated lyrics that don't tell a story, and a tune that you won't be whistling for days after you hear it. But it has great intensity, and its adaptable to a wide variety of musical arrangements. Under
this title, the song goes back to Big Joe Williams'' 1935 record (Bluebird B-6200). Williams himself recut it twice during the 1940s. And since then it's been recorded by (among many others), Muddy Waters, Lightnin Hopkins, Mose Allison, Bob Dylan, the Animals,
Them, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Beausoleil, AC/DC, John Mellencamp; Webb Wilder, Aerosmith, and most recently (2010) Lorenza Ponce. Billy Riley did it at Sun (he took writer's credit on Sun 289) and again on his 1965 Mercury album, 'Whisky A Go Go Presents
Billy Lee Riley' (MG 20985). On that latter appearance, the song was credited to Jimmy Reed who, so far as we know, never sang it.
Billy Riley greased up this next old blues standard to suit his sandpapered larynx and with Roland Janes away on tour backing up Jerry Lee Lewis, he played lead guitar himself. The cornerstone of his arrangement was a muted riff in
the verse, which is mighty close to a similar deal on Gene Vincent's "Dance To The Bop" - a hit single at the time. Inspired though it was, the record's sales didn't elevate Riley's status any higher in the company pecking order.
"BABY PLEASE DON'T GO" - B.M.I. - 2:06
- Billy Riley
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U
293 - Master
Recorded: - November 25, 1957
Released: - February 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 289-A mono
BABY PLEASE DON'T GO / WOULDN'T YOU KNOW
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803-1-21 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3