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Fact #93114


Short story:

The Animals' debut single, Baby Let Me Take You Home, enters the UK pop singles chart at No39. The song is a rocked-up treatment of Baby, Let Me Follow You Down, inspired by the version performed by Bob Dylan on his eponymous debut album. However, Dylan had adapted the song from Baby Let Me Lay It On You, which had been taught to him by Eric Von Schmidt. In turn, Schmidt had learned it from another singer, Geno Foreman, who had learned it from a 1938 recording titled Mama, Let Me Lay It On You by Blind Boy Fuller. In later years, the Rev. Gary Davies claimed that he was the original composer and this is now widely accepted as fact. This, however, ignores the existence of a 1936 recording of Mama Let Me Lay It On You by Cincinnati bluesman Walter Coleman. Even further back, 1930, is the remarkably similar Can I Do It For You?, by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy. An even more complete history of this truly inspirational song and its many variants can be found at the Community Guitar Resources website.

Full article:

Chas Chandler (bassist, The Animals] : We were forced into recording it, but we never ever performed it on stage. We just thought it was a very weak song and we never even liked our version of it.

In a way, it sort of brought about a sort of disillusionment about the music business when it got so high in the charts. I suppose it was hyped, right, left and centre to get it there.
(Source : Wild Animals by Andy Blackford, Sidgwick And Jackson, 1986)

Bob Dylan : I don't care what other singers do to my songs