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Come Back Baby

The next tune was very popular in the 60's, at least in Europe. The first recording I know, was done by Jack Dupree, but the arrangement that has been most popular is - to my knowledge - based on the playing of Snooks Eaglin. The song is recorded by many artists, including Lightnin' Hopkins, Dave van Ronk, Davey Graham, Bert Jansch and Stefan Grossman. It is a variation of an 8-bar form in A, but is different from "Key to the Highway".



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In the introduction, we once again meet the Lightnin' Hopkins Lick, but now in A. At the end of the first bar of the verse, the "moveable D7" is played as an A7 chord on 8th and 9th fret. From here you slide your fourth finger down from 9th to 5th fret, and continue with the "long A". It is not too easy, but it sounds nice. You also get at chance to practise the long A combined with a blues scale.

Note that an F-chord has sneaked into the arrangement. It does not really belong to the key, but it works well here. The tune is a bit "minorish", and in this context the F-chord function as some kind of an Dm substitution. You can read more about this substitution in my Chord Progressions series. You can play the F-chord either with a barré over all 6 strings in 1st fret, or by using the thumb around the neck.

Lightnin' Hopkins lick in A.
My favorite recordings of "Come Back Baby".
Snooks Eaglin
I think of this as "the original". Snooks Eaglin's album New Orleans Street Singer is a fantastic record from 1958. I have heard several other records by Snooks Eaglin, but none of them comes close to this one.
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Bert Jansch
It might be politically incorrect to list a white Scottish guitar player among my favorite. But I really like his playing. Bert Jansch' is a fantastic guitarist and one of the most innovative and influential acoustic players. The lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin, Jimmi Page (or maybe it was Pete Townshend of The Who or may be it was Neil Young ...) has called him The Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar. Bert Jansch recordedCome Back Baby on the albumNicola. It is now reissued coupled with the album Jack Orion on one CD called Jack Orion/Nicola. It does not seem to be available in US - unfortunately.
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