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Blues Run the Game

[Jackson C. Frank]

Blues Run the Game is a classic 60’s song, written by Jackson C. Frank. It is one of three of his that Sandy Denny recorded; the other two are Milk and Honey and You Never Wanted Me. Frank’s own version of the song was originally released on his 1965 eponymous LP, Jackson C. Frank. It was included in 1975 on the Island / Transatlantic anthology compiled by Karl Dallas, The Electric Muse.

Sandy Denn recorded Blues Run the Game for the first time at home in 1966 at the age of 19. This recording was included in 1989 on the fan club cassette, The Attic Tracks Vol. 3. She recorded it also for two radion broadcasts. The first, from the BBC World Service programme “The Strawberry Hill Boys Sing and Play Folk Songs” on 21 February 1967, was never published. The second, recorded on 6 March 1967 for the BBC World Service radio programme “Cellar Full of Folk” and broadcast on 18 March 1967, was finally made available in 2007 on the Live at the BBC 3CD+DVD set.

Bert Jansch and Al Stewart recorded Blues Run the Game for the 1993 film Acoustic Routes.

A previously unreleased version of Steve Tilston singing Blues Run the Game was included in 2007 on his Free Reed anthology Reaching Back.

Martin Simpson sang Blues Run the Game on his 2017 CD Trails & Tribulations.


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