Wine and Music: “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” by Bessie Smith – and Eric Clapton

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This Blues standard was written by Jimmy Cox in 1923 and popularised by the great Bessie Smith, whose release coincided with the Wall Street Crash in September 1929. The tale of a millionaire losing his wealth struck a chord.

Clapton’s version on “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” is the best-known. It later featured on his “Unplugged” album, too.

It’s a warning about the perils of excessive spending on fine wine: “Bought bootleg whisky, Champagne, and wine”.

Rudy Kurniawan should have listened to it…

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