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Otis Rush American Folk Blues Festival

Blues Video of the Week: Otis Rush Performs “I Can’t Quit You Baby”

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This one’s a stunner! Otis Rush performing his song “I Can’t Quit You Baby” live from the American Folk Blues Festival. This performance was from October, 1966, the fifth year of the festival that began in 1962. This video was recorded live in Germany.

“I Can’t Quit You Baby” is a standard of the blues repertoire, written by Willie Dixon originally recorded by Rush in 1956 for the Cobra Record Corp. This was Rush’s first recording and he found himself with a hit. The song reached #6 on the Billboard R&B chart shortly after its release. The song was later famously covered by Led Zeppelin on their first, eponymous album in 1969. But it was Rush’s original recording that was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1994. In addition to the Led Zeppelin take, other artists that have covered the tune include John Lee Hooker, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Little Milton, the song’s writer, Willie Dixon, and Gary Moore.

– Brian M. Reiser,
Keeping the Blues Alive

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