How Long Blues

Song composer(s)

Carr, Leroy

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Leroy Carr (1928)
Jimmy Rushing with the Count Basie Orchestra (193?)
Joe Turner & The Varsity Seven (1940)
Jazz, Vol. 2: The Blues : Various Artists (Jimmy Yancey) (1950)
Scrapper Blackwell (1959)
Odetta & The Blues : Odetta (1962)
Folk Music of Washington Square : Various Artists (Howard Bradley) (1962)
The Best of the Blues : Jimmy Reed (1963)
Favorites : Jesse Fuller (1965)
Confessin' The Blues : B. B. King (1966)
Hot Tuna : Hot Tuna (1970)
Big Ben Sings : Scatman Crothers (1973)
Hoppkorv : Hot Tuna (1976)
Red Rocking Chair : Doc & Merle Watson (1981)
Red Rocking Chair : Doc Watson (1982)
Great Moments With B.B. King : B.B. King (1982)
Soul Brothers/Soul Meeting : Ray Charles (1989)
Deeper Shade Of Blue : Del McCoury (1993)
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 1928-1929 : Leroy Carr
From The Cradle : Eric Clapton (1994)
Hurry Down Sunshine : The Essential Recordings Of Leroy Carr (1995)
Down In Mississippi : Pinetop Perkins (1998)


Lead vocals - Garcia.

It is possible that this title is used in relation to songs performed by the Dead to describe two different songs.

The version performed with Spencer Davis in 1989 is very similar to the song associated with Leroy Carr. This was originally recorded by Carr as How Long - How Long Blues.

The song performed in a few acoustic sets in 1970 varies considerably from the Leroy Carr song. It may well be a different song, albeit one with similarities to the Carr song.

The How Long Blues title is retained here for all versions until further information is available.

The song associated with Leroy Carr is usually credited to him. However it may be that it was an existing song when he recorded it 1928. In Screening The Blues (1968), Paul Oliver writes,

Leroy Carr, for example, is associated with the blues, How Long, How Long although earlier version of it are known by Ida Cox and Papa Charlie Jackson. Carr gave it a special quality which 'fixed' the blues in his style of singing and playing.

Ida Cox recorded How Long, Daddy, How Long in September 1925.