Corrina, Corrina

“Corrine, Corrina”  (sometimes “Corrina, Corrina”) is a 12-bar country blues song in the AAB form.  “Corrine, Corrina” was first recorded by Bo Carter.  The Mississippi Sheiks, as the Jackson Blue Boys with Papa Charlie McCoy on vocals, recorded the same song in 1930; this time as “Sweet Alberta”, substituting the words “Sweet Alberta” for “Corrine, Corrina”.  “Corrine, Corrina” has been recorded in a number of musical styles, including blues, jazz, rock and roll, Cajun, and Western swing.  The title of the song varies from recording to recording, most often with the variant “Corrina, Corrina”.  (More from Wikipedia)
The first cut, “Mixed Up Confusion” was my introduction to Bob Dylan’s very first 45, as I have written about previously.  With Dylan backed by an electric band, the song dates from November 1962 and was released on December 14, 1962 – 6 months before Dylan’s second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan came out, and fully 2½ years before the electric Dylan hit with full force on “Like a Rolling Stone” – but it was almost immediately pulled from the market and is now a great rarity.  The flip side of this single, and the only song that I recognized on John Birch Society Blues was “Corrina, Corrina”; an alternative take of the song was included on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, but I had heard the song previously before I heard it there, by somebody somewhere.  Wikipedia lists so many recorded versions of “Corrina, Corrina” that I have no idea which one it was; probably it was the Ray Peterson recording of “Corrina, Corrina” in 1960 that made it to #9 on Billboard Hot 100
(September 2017)
Last edited: April 7, 2021