HEY LOCO FANS – The blues classic “That’s All Right” or “That’s Alright” was recorded singer and guitarist Jimmy Rogers in Chicago on August 15, 1950. He recorded it with Little Walter on harmonica. Although based on earlier blues songs, Rogers’ rendition became a blues standard and has been recorded by numerous blues and other artists.

Jimmy Rogers has acknowledged that “That’s All Right” draws on ideas from other bluesmen, including Robert Junior Lockwood and Willie Love. However, he feels he pulled it all together: “I put some verses with it and built it that way. I built the song”. Lockwood had performed it years earlier in Helena, Arkansas, which Muddy Waters confirmed: “‘That’s All Right’, that Robert Jr.’s song”, he added.

Rogers recorded “That’s All Right” at the end of recording session for Muddy Waters. Little Walter on harmonica and Ernest “Big” Crawford on bass also participated, but Muddy Waters does not appear. The trio performed the song as a moderate- to slow-tempo twelve-bar blues. It features Rogers’ guitar and plaintive vocals, with Little Walter playing in the style of Sonny Boy Williamson I.

Despite the title, the lyrics indicate clearly it is not “all right”.

You told me baby, your love for me was strong
When I woke up little girl half of this, big world was gone
But that’s all right, I know you don’t love me no more, but that’s all right

Chess Records issued the song as Rogers debut single for the label, backed with “Ludella”. Although it did not reach the singles charts, “That’s All Right” became immediately popular with Chicago blues musicians. It also cemented Rogers’ relationship with Leonard Chess, leading to his nine-year association with Chess Records. Rogers performed the song throughout his career, recording additional studio and live versions of the song.


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