Betty And Dupree

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

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Other Recordings

Betty & Dupree
By Request : Cookie & The Cupcakes (1953)
Brownie McGhee Blues : Brownie McGhee Blues (1955)
Ballads, Blues and A Spritual : Dave Van Ronk (1959)
Ballad & Folksinger, Vol. 3 : Pink Anderson (1961)
The Many Moods Of Belafonte : Harry Belafonte (1963)
See What Tomorrow Brings : Peter Paul & Mary (1965)
Gamblers Blues : Dave Van Ronk (1965)
Muddy Brass & The Blues : Muddy Waters (1967)
Atlanta Blues Legend : Buddy Moss (196?)
Josh White Stories, Vol. 1 : Josh White (196?)
Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me : Barbara Dane & Lightning Hopkins (196?)
Chain Gang Blues : Sonny Terry (1976)
Rebel Rockabilly - The Roots of Rock, Volume 5 : Various Artists (Billy Lee Riley) (1977)
Sun Sounds Special : Billy Lee Riley (1978)
Sun Sounds Special : Billy Lee Riley (1978)
Cincinnati Stomp : Big Joe Duskin (197?)
Carolina Blues : Guitar Slim (197?)
Keep a Drivin' : Chuck Willis (1984)
Red Hot Riley : Billy Lee Riley and the Little Green Men (1985)
All Time Greatest Hits Vol. 3 : Harry Belafonte (1989)
Gambler's Lament : Blind Andy Jenkins (198?)
Classic Recordings 1956-1960 : Billy Lee Riley (1990)
Folkway Years 1945-1959 : Brownie McGhee (1991)
Folkway Years (1959-1961) : Dave Van Ronk (1991)
At The Gate Of Horn : Bob Gibson (1994)
Stroll On - The Chuck Willis Collection : Chuck Willis (1994)
The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2 - 1939 to 1945 : Various Artists (Brownie McGhee) (19??)

Performance History

Performed in 1964 by Jorma Kaukonen and Pigpen.

Notes

Lead vocals - Garcia.

A version of one of a group of closely related songs that are variously known as Betty & Dupree, Dupree Blues, Diamond Ring Blues and similar names.

The Hunter/Garcia song Duprees Diamond Blues is a reworking of this theme.

The lyrics used in Jorma and Pigpen version,

Oh, Betty told Dupree, "I want a diamond ring"
Now Betty told Dupree, "I want a diamond ring"
Dupree told Betty, "Lord, I'll get you most anything"

Now he got himself a pistol, it was a 44
Got himself a pistol, it was a 44
Now to get that that diamond ring, oh, he had to rob that jewellery store

Now police caught him, carried him back to that county jail
Oh yea the police caught him, carried him back to that county jail
And they said go call your sweetheart, tell her to come and go your bail

Now Betty came to see him, his face she could not see
Oh Betty came to see him but his face she could not see
And she said, "Mr jailer give him this note for me"

Oh, babe I came to see you but I could not see your face
Now, babe I came to see you but I could not see your face
Oh no I love you baby just can't take your place