This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hey Joe, Who Wrote You?

Today the Church recognizes and honors St. Joseph.  You probably won't hear squat about it because Joe is the Rodney Dangerfield of saints in that he doesn't get any respect.  For example, just read about the history of his feast day and you will see how the Church's recognition of poor Joe has gone from top to bottom in its classification of holy days  (click here.) 

When Joe Salvo comes into Buzzy's Country Store I always greet him with "Hey Joe."    Whenever I do so, someone else will automatically chime in "Where you going with that gun in your hand?")  

As to the authorship of the original song though,  there is a lot of confusion about how it came to be (click here.)  I had always assumed that Jimi just covered some old blues version of the tune. 

However, turns out that there is a lot of confusion as to who really did write the song with theories ranging from an ex girl friend (click here) to a friend in jail who coincidently lived with the girlfriend.  (No, he wasn't in jail for shooting her.) 

You know Jimi's version but here for you is Tim Rose doing it.  Supposedly this was Jimi's inspiration for covering the song (click here.)   As you will hear, Jimi skipped the first verse where Joe is asked "where you going with that money in your hand."  

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