Sittin' On Top Of The World

Song composer(s)

Traditional / Jacobs, Walter / Carter, Lonnie

Grateful Dead Recordings

Grateful Dead (1st) (1967)

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Mississippi Sheiks (1930)
Two Poor Boys (Joe Evans and Arthur McClain) (1931)
Milton Brown (1934)
Bob Wills (1935)
Single : Bill Monroe (1957)
Knee Deep In Bluegrass : Bill Monroe (1958)
Whole Lotta Shakin' : Carl Perkins (1958)
Old Style Texas & Oklahoma Fiddling : Tony Thomas (195?)
Wayne Raney & the Raney Family (1960)
Doc Watson : Doc Watson (1964)
Hobart Smith, Folk Legacy : Hobart Smith (1964)
Real Folk Blues : Howlin' Wolf (1965)
Bluegrass Style : Bill Monroe (1965)
Hometown Guitar : Chet Atkins (1968)
Frank Campbell & The Country Blues : Frank Campbell (196?)
Champion Fiddler, Vol. 2 : Curly Fox (196?)
The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions : Howlin' Wolf (1971)
Greatest Folksingers of 60s : Various Artists (Doc Watson) (1972)
Live and Cookin' : Howlin' Wolf (1972)
Chester Burnette A.K.A. Howlin' Wolf : Howlin' Wolf (1972)
Any Old Wind That Blows : Jim Ringer (1975)
I Wasn't Born To Rock 'N' Roll : Roland White (1976)
Old Timey Concert : Doc Watson (1977)
Pat Webb - Guitar : Pat Webb (1977)
Dance Like A Wave On The Sea : Walt Michael & Tom McCreesh (1978)
Hoe Down! Vol. 6, Country Blues Instrumentals : Mutt Poston & The Farm Hands (197?)
Early Country Music : Joe Evans (197?)
Top Of The World : Earl Scruggs (1983)
It Ain't Easy : Chris Smither (1983)
Swingin' Piano 1920-46 : Various Artists (Vera Guilaroff) (1983)
Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 8 : Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys (1988)
Evolution Girl : Double Decker String Band (1988)
Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol 2 : Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1989)
Blue Lightning : Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin (1991)
The Chess Box : various Artists (Howlin' Wolf) (1991)
Late Last Night : Skip Gorman & Rick Starkey (1991)
Good As I Been To You : Bob Dylan (1992)
Complete Recordings 1951-1969 : Howlin' Wolf (1993)
Original Folkway Recordings : Doc Watson (1994)
Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley 1960 Through 1962 : Doc Watson & Clarence Ashely (1994)
Strange Things Happening : Sleepy La Beef (1994)
Off Yonder Wall : Jelly Roll Kings (1997)
The Carter Family On Border Radio 1938-1942 : The Carter Family (19??)
Original Carter Family In Texas - Vol. 4 - Radio Transcriptions : The Carter Family (19??)
1934-37 : The Light Crust Dough Boys (19??)
Crystal Creek (19??)
Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers (19??)

Notes

Lead vocals - Garcia.

First recorded by the Mississipi Sheiks and possibly written by members of the group, possibly adapted from a traditional song. Jacobs and Carter were members of the Mississippi Sheiks who wrote and performed under a number of different names; Bo Chatman (Carter) and Walter Vincson (Jacobs)

The Mississippi Sheiks version, just vocals, one guitar and one fiddle is slow and stately compared to the Dead's version.

The stately rhythm of their version and the song's melody were subsequently used by Robert Johnson in Come On In My Kitchen. Versions of this can be found on;

King of the Delta Blues Singers : Robert Johnson (1966)
Jo Ann Kelly : Jo Ann Kelly (1969)
Anthology, Vol. 2 : Duane Allman (1974)
Up on the Hill : Mickey Baker (1975)
Art of Bottleneck Guitar : Sam Mitchell (1975)
How Late'll Ya Play 'til? : David Bromberg (1976)
Cold & Lonesome on a Train : Sparky Rucker (1977)
Sacre Blues : Don Preston (1981)
King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol 1 & 2 : Robert Johnson (1985)
The Complete Recordings : Robert Johnson (1990)
Shades of Two Worlds : Allman Brothers Band (1991)
A Truckload of Blues : Bob Brozman (1991)
Roots of Rhythm & Blues- A Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era : Various Artists (1992)
Built for Comfort : Robert Lucas (1992)
Ain't I a Woman : Rory Block (1992)
Blue Light Til Dawn : Cassandra Wilson (1993)
Numtaz Mahal : Taj Mahal / V M Bhatt (1995)
Keb' Mo' : Keb' Mo' (1995)
All Time Blues Classics : Robert Johnson (1996)
Live at Ronnie Scott's, London : Taj Mahal (1996)
Celebration of Blues: Women in Blues : Various Artists (1996)
Celebration of Blues: The Great Guitarists, Vol. 3 : Various Artists (1996)
The Blues of Robert Johnson : Various Artists (1997)
Live from Around the World : Kristina Olsen (1997)
Great Country Blues : Various Artists (1997)
Gone Woman Blues : Rory Block (1997)
Divine Divas- World of Women's Voices : Various Artists (1997)
Greycourtlightning : Bill Perry (1998)