Covers: Rock Island Line

“Rock Island Line” is a traditional song made famous by Lead Belly. The first recording was made by John Lomax at a prison in 1934. Lonnie Donegan’s version helped start the English skiffle movement. This is one of many songs that has both blues and country based versions. The cover I know best is a wild one by Little Richard backed by Fishbone from 1988. The song never sounded like this!

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