C C Rider
Composer: Traditional / Ma Rainey

C C Rider was performed once by the Grateful Dead in December 1979. It was a regular part of the repertoire in the first half of the 1980's but after 1986 it was only performed a few times. The song was last played in 1992.

C.C. Rider was one of the songs rehearsed by the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan prior to the 1987 Dylan & The Dead tour but it was not performed live on the tour.

The song is probably a traditional song that was reworked by Ma Rainey in 1925 and first recorded as See See Rider Blues. There have been many recordings since then with some title variations. The commonest titles in use being C C Rider and See See Rider.

Many recent versions of the song are indebted to Chuck Willis who updated and recorded the song 1957. He is sometimes included in the writing credits for the song.

Grateful Dead

info Dick's Picks, Vol. 5, 1996
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 6, 1996
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 32, 2004
info Beyond Description, 2004
info Dead Set, 2006 (bonus on exp. CD)
info Road Trips: Vol 4, No. 4: Spectrum 4.6.82, 2011
info Complete Live Rarities Collection, 2013
info 30 Trips Around The Sun Box Set, 2015
info Dave's Picks Vol 36: Hartford, 3/26&27/1987, 2020
info In and Out of the Garden: '81, '82, '83, 2022
info Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 3/9/81, 2022

Jerry Garcia

info Garcia Live: Vol Five, Jerry Garcia Band, 2014


info February 13, 2011, Broomfield, CO


info King Biscuit Hour Presents Kingfish, 1996
info Live, 2000
info From the Front Row: Live, 2003 (DVD Audio)

Other recordings

This list of recordings is not intended to be comprehensive

no info Ma Rainey, 1925
no info Wee Bea Booze, 193?
no info Bea Booze, 1942
no info Lead Belly's Legacy, Vol. 3: Early Recordings, Leadbelly, 1951
no info Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 1 - Secular Music, Harold Courlander, 1951
no info Single, Chuck Willis, 1957
info King of the Stroll, Chuck Willis, 1958
no info Lightnin' Hopkins Strums The Blues, Lightnin' Hopins, 1958
no info Swinging Flute In Hi-Fi, Strollers, 1958
no info New Orleans Street Singer, Snooks Eaglin, 1959
no info Lonely Weekends, Charlie Rich, 1960
no info Those Oldies But Goodies, Little Caesar and the Romans, 1961
no info Raunchy, Ernie Freeman, 1961
info Ian & Sylvia, Ian & Sylvia, 1962
no info Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter's Best), Leadbelly, 1962
no info Lightnin' Hopkins on Stage, Lightnin' Hopkins, 1962
no info Back at the Peppermint Lounge, Joey Dee and Starliters, 1962
no info The Best of the Blues, Jimmy Reed, 1963
no info LaVern Baker, 1963
no info Live Session, Yusef Lateef, 1964
no infoIn The Tradition, Dave Van Ronk, 1964
info American Folk Singers And Balladeers, Various Artists (Ian & Sylvia), 1964
info American Folk Singers And Balladeers, Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 1964
info Beat & Soul, The Everly Brothers, 1965
no info Kansas City, Wilbert Harrison, 1965
info All I Really Want to Do, Cher, 1965
no info 20 Original Winners, Vol 3, Various Artists (Chuck Willis), 1965
no info Piano Blues, Various Artists, 1966
no info Confessin' The Blues, B. B. King, 1966
no info Bobby Powell, 1966
info Hold On, We're Coming!!, Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown, 1967
no info Best Of Eric Burdon and The Animals, Animals, 1967
info King Size Soul, King Curtis, 1967
no info Whiskey a Go-Go Revisited, Johnny Rivers, 1967
info The Best Of Ian & Sylvia, Ian & Sylvia, 1968
no info Saturday Night Function: Rural Blues, Volume 2, Various Artists (Snooks Eaglin), 1968
no info Rockin' Rhythm and Blues, Jerry Lee Lewis, 1969
no info Loaded With The Blues, Chicago Blues All Stars, 1969
no info CC Rides Again, Chris Clark , 1969
no info Best Of The Youngbloods, Youngbloods, 1970
no info Lonely Weekends, Charlie Rich, 1970
info The Killer Rocks On, Jerry Lee Lewis, 1971
info Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, Ian & Sylvia, 1971
info Boots With Brass, Boots Randolph, 1971
no info Muddy Waters Live at Mister Kelly's, Muddy Waters, 1972
info Black Melodies on a Clear Afternoon, Stefan Grossman, 1972
info Joe Williams Live, Joe Williams, 1973
no info Single (Don't Explain / C.C. Rider), Gil Askey Orchestra, March 1973 (Motown 1220)
no info Echoes of a Rock Era: The Early Years, Various Artists (Chuck Willis), 1973
no info Live On Stage In Memphis, Elvis Presley, 1974
no info Mississipi John Hurt, A Legacy, Mississippi John Hurt, 1975
no info London 1964-1965, Gary Farr and T-Bones, 1977
no info In Concert, Elvis Presley, 1977
no info Twenty Golden Hits, Charlie Rich, 1977
no info Duets, Jerry Lee Lewis, 1979
no info Best of, Ian & Sylvia, 197?
no info Plays Robert And Robert, Robert Lockwood, Jr, 1982
no info Great Moments With B.B. King, B.B. King, 1982
no info The Sun Years, Jerry Lee Lewis, 1982
no info The First Kid Clayton Session, 1952, Kid Clayton, 1982
no info Early Recordings, Vol. 1 (1951) Dauphine Street Jam Session, Emile Barnes, 1982
no info Early Recordings, Vol. 2 (1951-1952) Dauphine Street Jam Session (Alternate Takes), Emile Barnes, 1983
no info Keep a Drivin', Chuck Willis, 1984
no info Live in Concert, Fats Domino, 1985
no info Mississippi John Hurt, Vol. 3. Sacred and Secular, Mississippi John Hurt, 1988
info Classic: The Definitive Edition of His Sun Recordings 1956-1963, Jerry Lee Lewis, 1989
no info Folk Festival of the Smokies. Volume II, Babe Stovall, 198?
no info Blue Hand Johnnie, Johnnie Johnson, 1990
no info Dakota Staton, Dakota Staton, 1990
info Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Various Artists (Chuck Willis), 1991
info The Art of, Ike Quebec, 1992
no info Complete Aladdin Session, Lightnin' Hopkins, 1992
no info Complete Folkways Recordings, Lonnie Johnson, 1993
info Stroll On: The Chuck Willis Collection, Chuck Willis, 1994
no info Early Years, Ray Charles, 1994
info Every Village Has a Song: The Yusef Lateef Anthology, Yusef Lateef, 1994
no info Chicago Blues, Otis Spann, 1994
info Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters, Elvis Presley, 1995
info Live At Newport, Ian & Sylvia, 1996
info Zim Zam Zoom: Acid Blues on B-3, Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom, 1996
no info Lonely Weekends: The Best Of The Sun Years, Charlie Rich, 1996
no info Platinum: A Life In Music, Elvis Presley, 1997
info Plays the Great Memphis Hits/King Size Soul, King Curtis, 1998
info Never to Be Forgotten: The Mustang Years, Bobby Fuller Four, 1998
no info Lonely Weekends: The Best of the Sun Years, 1958-1962, Charlie Rich, 1998
info Blues Organ Grooves, Various Artists (Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom), Initial release : 1998
no info Ma Rainey the Paramounts Chronologically, Vol. 2, 1924-1925, Ma Rainey, 19??
info Great Memory Folk Songs, Various Artists (Ian & Sylvia), 19??
no info Big Bill Broonzy, 19??
info The Complete Vanguard Studio Recordings, Ian & Sylvia, 2001
no info Live in Las Vegas Box Set, Elvis Presley, 2001
info Big Boss Man (Box set), Jimmy Reed, 2001
info Newport Folk Festival: Best of the Blues 1959-68, Various Artists (Chambers Brothers), 2001
info Two Sides of Dave Van Ronk, Dave Van Ronk, 2002
info Patchworks, Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton, 2002
info Vanguard: Roots of Folk, Various Artists (Chambers Brothers), 2002
info Box Of The Blues, Various Artists (Babe Stovall and Herb Quinn), 2003
info The Killer Rocks On / Boogie Woogie Country Man, Jerry Lee Lewis, 2004
info Old Crow Medicine Show, Old Crow Medicine Show, 2004
info Rock 'n' Soul / Beat & Soul, The Everly Brothers, 2005
info The Price of Fame 1960-1965, The Everly Brothers, 2006
info Paradise at Last, Aimless Pursuit, 2006
info Blowing the Fuse: 31 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1957, Various Artists (Chuck Willis), 2006
info The Roots of the Grateful Dead, Various Artists (Big Bill Broonzy), 2008

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