C A T   I R O N; source: Notes accompanying Folkways FA 2389; photographer: Frederic Ramsey Jr.
source: Notes accompanying Folkways FA 2389; photographer: Frederic Ramsey Jr.

Cat Iron
William Carradine
'Cat Iron' is not an actual nickname, but a mishearing of his surname
b. September 8, 1898 in Garden City, Louisiana Roxie, Franklin County, Mississippi

d. November 11, 1958 in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi
discography

This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

Cat Iron LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11958


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Cat-Iron Sings Blues And Hymns

- Poor Boy A Long, Long Way From Home   @ youtube
- Don't Your House Look Lonesome   @ youtube
- Tell Me, You Didn't Mean Me No Good   @ youtube
- Jimmy Bell   @ youtube
- I'm Goin' To Walk Your Log   @ youtube
- Got A Girl In Ferriday, One In Greenwood Town [XTRA: 'Farriday']   @ youtube

- Well I'm In Your Hand   @ youtube
- When I Lay My Burden Down   @ youtube
- Old Time Religion   @ youtube
- Fix Me Right   @ youtube
- O, The Blood Done Signed My Name   @ youtube
- When The Saints Go Marching Home   @ youtube

rec. / prod. 1957 in Buckner's Alley in Natchez, Mississippi by Frederic Ramsey Jr.; "Cat Iron", voc, g
photographer: Frederic Ramsey Jr.


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notes by
Frederic Ramsey Jr.

Folkways FA 2389
(US 1958)

notes (July 1969)
by Mike Raven

= XTRA 1087 (UK 1969)
"Cat Iron Sings Blues
And Hymns"

XTRA discography




Smithsonian Folkways
FA 2389 (custom CDR)
(US 2007)

notes by
Frederic Ramsey Jr.
; click to enlarge !
= Exit Stencil ESR047
(12 inch LP) (US 11/2016)

21966Songs Of Worship
Folk Music Of The World

Leadbelly
- Meeting At The Building
- We Shall Walk Through The Valley
- Every Time
Big Bill Broonzy
- Tell Me What Kind Of Man Jesus Is
- Meet Me In Galilee
The Moving Star Hall Singers
- See God's Ark A'Moving
- Ezekiel In The Valley
- You Got To Move


Cat Iron [Folkways FA 2389]
- Well, I'm In Your Hand
- When I Lay My Burden Down
- Old Time Religion
- O, The Blood Done Signed My Name
The Fisk Jubilee Singers
- Were You There?
- You May Bury Me In The East
- He Arose


"Performances in this recording are from the collection and publications of Folkways Records and used by permission."



ARS AR 1045
32003Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

- Old Jabo - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
- Mule-Ridin' Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
- Joggie Boogie - Memphis Slim And Willie Dixon
- Black Woman - Vera Hall
- Mercury Blues - K. C. Douglas
- Ran The Blues Out Of My Window - Roosevelt Sykes
- Leaving Blues - Lead Belly
- One Dime Blues - Etta Baker
- County Farm Blues - Son House
- Clog Dance (Stomping Blues) - Champion Jack Dupree
- Boll Weevil - Pink Anderson
- Nickel's Worth Of Liver - Edith North Johnson And Henry Brown
- Don't Leave Me Here - Big Joe Williams

- Jimmy Bell - Cat Iron [Folkways FA 2389]
- Candy Man - Rev. Gary Davis
- Beer Drinking Woman - Memphis Slim And Willie Dixon
- Come Go Home With Me - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Careless Love - Josh White
- I Asked Her If She Loved Me - Henry Townsend
- Rising Sun - Brownie McGhee And Sonny Terry
- Pony Blues - David "Honeyboy" Edwards
- Vicksburg Blues - Little Brother Montgomery
- Vastapol - Elizabeth Cotten
- Drifting Along Blues - Lonnie Johnson
- Oh Baby, You Don't Have To Go - The Chambers Brothers
- Don't Lie Buddy - Lead Belly And Josh White


prod. by Barry Lee Pearson
notes by
Barry Lee Pearson





Folkways Smithsonian
SFW40134
42003Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways   Vol. 2

- Dark Road - Brownie McGhee And Sonny Terry
- Step It Up And Go - Warner Williams
- It Was Early One Morning - Lead Belly
- Blues - Until My Baby Comes Home - Nora Lee King
- That's No Way To Do - Pink Anderson
- Farro Street Jive - Little Brother Montgomery
- I Ain't Gonna Cry No More (Depot Blues) - Son House
- Graveyard Blues - Roscoe Holcomb
- 44 Blues - Roosevelt Sykes
- Big Fat Mama - David "Honeyboy" Edwards
- Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor - Lucinda Williams
- Lieutenant Blues - Thomas Mcfarland (Barrelhouse Buck)
- The Woman Is Killing Me - Sonny Terry And Friends
- Little Drops Of Water - Edith North Johnson And Henry Brown
- When Things Go Wrong (It Hurts Me Too) - Big Bill Broonzy

- Poor Boy A Long, Long Way From Home - Cat-Iron [Folkways FA 2389]
- My Jack Don't Drink Water No More - Shortstuff Macon
- 'way Behind The Sun - Barbara Dane
- Tell Me, Baby - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Just A Dream - Memphis Slim
- Jelly Jelly - Josh White
- Down In The Alley - The Chambers Brothers


prod. by Barry Lee Pearson
notes by
Barry Lee Pearson





Folkways Smithsonian
SFW40148
 

Additional information appreciated !!!

 

 

William Carradine at his home at Buckner's Alley, Natchez; source: Jazz Monthly November 1957, p. 3; photographer: Frederic Ramsey Jr.; click to enlarge !
William Carradine at his home at Buckner's Alley, Natchez
source: Jazz Monthly November 1957, p. 3
photographer: Frederic Ramsey Jr.

 

Other artist's Covers of Cat Iron's songs
#year
of release
Artist:
Record Title

- featured Cat Iron song
label # / notes
106/63Koerner, Ray & Glover: Blues, Rags and Hollers

- Linin' Track
- Ramblin' Blues
- It's All Right
- Hangman
- Ted Mack Rag #
- Down To Louisiana
- Creepy John
- Bugger Burns
- Sun's Wail
- Dust My Broom #

- One Kind Favor
- Go Down Ol' Hanna
- Good Time Charlie
- Banjo Thing
- Stop That Thing
- Too Bad #
- Snaker's Here
- Low Down Rounder

- Jimmy Bell
- Mumblin' Word #

rec. [in stereo!] March 24, 1963 at the Woman's Club, Milwaukee, Wisconson

whole album has surface noise because of the compressed grooves (10 tracks per side) ! Only 300 pressed!
# tracks not on Elektra EKL-240

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Audiophile AP-78 (mono)

Red House RHR 76 (1995)

Tartare CD 8020 (2010)
[CD-R on demand; restored
to its original stereo from
the original masters; all 20
tracks included!]

211/63Koerner, Ray & Glover: Blues, Rags and Hollers

- Linin' Track
- Ramblin' Blues
- It's All Right
- Hangman
- Down To Louisiana
- Creepy John
- Bugger Burns
- Sun's Wail
- One Kind Favor
- Go Down Ol' Hanna
- Good Time Charlie
- Banjo Thing
- Stop That Thing
- Snaker's Here
- Low Down Rounder

- Jimmy Bell   @ youtube

These reissues are missing four tunes from the original Audiophile release

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Elektra EKL-240 (mono)

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= Mode Disques MDINT
9194 (Fr) "Chants du Sud
des Etats-Unis"

31971Stoney & Meatloaf

- (I'd Love To Be) As Heavy As Jesus
- She Waits By The Window
- It Takes All Kinds Of People
- Game Of Love
- Kiss Me Again

- What You See Is What You Get
- Sunshine (Where's Heaven?)

- Jimmy Bell   @ youtube
- Lady Be Mine
- Jessica White

Rare Earth R-528L


Prodigal PDL 2010 (1978)

Tamla Motown ZL 72217 (1986)

41976The Numbers Band: Jimmy Bell's Still In Town

- Animal Speaks
- About The Eye Game
- Narrow Road
- Thief


- Jimmy Bell (10:55)   @ youtube
- About Leaving Day

Water Brothers
Glitterhouse GRCD-522 (UK)
Hearpen HR-112
Bomba (Jp)
Hearthan
51978Peter Lang: Back To The Wall

- Going Down The China Road
- Back To The Wall
- Guitar Rag
- Country Blues Medley

- Jimmy Bell   @ youtube
- Colored Aristocracy

- My Dear Mary Anne
- Halloween Blues
- Living In The Weeds
- Windy And Warm
- This World Is Not My Home
- Farewell Maximillian

rec. 1975


Waterhouse 7
601/84Crossroads
(White Blues In The 1960s - The Jac Holzman Years )

Koerner, Ray & Glover
- Linin' Track
- Hangman
- One Kin Favor
- Banjo Thing

- Jimmy Bell
- Corrina
- Fannin Street
- Black Dog

- Poor Howard
- Black Betty
- Broke-Down Engine
- Rent Party Rag
- Don't Let Your Right Hand Know What Your Left Hand Do
- Can't Get My Rest At Night
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Elektra 60383-1-U
706/93Ray & Glover: Picture Has Faded

- Tell Me Mama
- Jimmy Bell   @ youtube
- Can't See Your Face
- Downtown Blues
- Sitting On Top Of The World
- Long-Haired Doney
- Ice Blue

- Going Away Blues
- Afraid To Trust Them
- Mellow Chick Swing
- Saturday Blues
- New Buddy Brown
- If It Looks Like Jelly
- As The Years Go Passing By

EP bonus tracks:
- I Had To Give Up Gym
- Big Road

- What's Going On Wrong
- Temple's Cure

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The LP release contains a 45
EP bonus record with
additional four tunes
Tim/Kerr Records 92LP036
+ 92EP036

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Tim/Kerr Records 92CD036

more info at Dave Ray's site

81995The Sharks: Like A Van Parked On A Dark Curve

- Perfect Days
- Gone To The Dogs
- Cry Like A Baby
- Wake Me When It's Time To Dance
- White Man

- Jimmy Bell

- The First Thing
- Die For Love
- Can't Stop Thinking About Me
- Blues Rags And Hollers
- The Shadow Knows

rec. March 1993


Bubblehead BH003 (UK)
Angel Air SJPCD 090 (1998)

92002Tom Doughty: The Bell

- Banty Rooster
- Tell Me (You Didn't Mean Me No Good)   @ youtube
- Under The Bright Moon
- Come On In My Kitchen
- Sleepwalk
- Built Right On The Ground
- Into The Bong
- Mama In The Kitchen
- Ben Hall
- Been On The Road So Long
- Come Back Baby
- I'll Make Love To You Anytime
- The Bell

Corker Music CCD001

www.tomdoughty.com

102007Peter Lang live at Charlotte's Web

- Daylight Is Darkkness
- Drifting Away
- Farewell Maximillian
- Fatback & Greens
- Future Shot At The Rainbow
- Going Down The China Road
- Green Apple Quickstep
- Two Steps Forward,One Step Back
- When Kings Come Home
- That Will Never Happen No More / Angel Of Baffins Bay
- Wide Oval Rip-off
- My Dear Mary Anne
- Young Man, Young Man, Look At Your Shoes
- Halloween Blues / That's All Right Medley
- Adair's Song
- Back To The Wall
- Colored Aristocracy
- Country Blues Medley
- Guitar Rag
- I Should Have Known

- Jimmy Bell   @ youtube
- Living In The Weeds
- Quetico Reel / Poor Howard
- R. C. Rag
- Red Meat On The Road
- Round Worm Reel / Snow Toad
- St. Charles Shuffle
- There Will Be A Happy Meeting In Heaven Tonight
- Toth's Song
- Turnpike Terror
2 CD + DVD package

Snapshot CD
102007Watermelon Slim & The Workers: The Wheel Man

- The Wheel Man
- I've Got News
- Black Water

- Jimmy Bell   @ youtube
- Newspaper Reporter
- Drinking & Driving
- Fast Eddie
- Sawmill Holler
- Truck Driving Mama
- I Know One
- Got Love If You Want It
- Rattlesnake
- Peaches
- Judge Harsh Blues

Northern Blues CD 38

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Karel Bogaert: Blues Lexicon.- Antwerpen (Standaard) 1972, p. 75
- Bob Eagle & Eric S. LeBlanc: Blues - A Regional Experience.- Santa Barbara (Praeger Publishers) 2013, p. 215
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970.- Vancouver 2006, p. 87
- Elenora Gralow: William Carradine = Cat Iron?- Blues World 43 (Summer 1972), p. 9
- Sheldon Harris: Blues Who's Who - A Bibliographical Dictionary of Blues Singers.- New York (Da Capo Press) 1987, p. 108
- David Harrison: Carradine, William 'Cat-Iron'.- in Edward Komara (ed.): Encyclopedia of the Blues Vol. 1 (A-L).- New York/London (Routledge) 2005, p. 184
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: Front cover of XTRA 1087; photographer: Frederic Ramsey Jr.

thanks to Alan Balfour, John Miller and Phil Wight for additional info / scans

William Carradine = Cat Iron? source: Blues World 43 (Summer 1972), p. 9; click to read article !
Elenora Gralow: William Carradine = Cat Iron?
source: Blues World 43 (Summer 1972), p. 9

 

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