McDowell was born in Rossville, Tennessee, United States.His parents were farmers, who both died while Fred was in his youth. He took up the guitar at the age of 14 and was soon playing for tips at dances around Rossville. Seeking a change from plowing fields, he moved to Memphis in 1926, where he worked in the Buck-Eye feed mill, which processed cotton into oil and other productsIn 1928, he moved to Mississippi to pick cotton. He finally settled in Como, Mississippi, in 1940 or 1941 (or maybe the late 1930s), where he worked as a full-time farmer for many years while continuing to play music on weekends at dances and picnics.

After decades of playing for small local gatherings, McDowell was recorded in 1959 by roving folklore musicologist Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins,[5] on their Southern Journey field-recording trip.[7] With interest in blues and folk music rising in the United States at the time, McDowell's field recordings for Lomax caught the attention of blues aficionados and record producers, and within a couple of years, he had finally become a professional musician and recording artist in his own right.[5] His LPs proved quite popular, and he performed at festivals and clubs all over the world.

Today we have chosen for you one of the most beautiful songs. Everyone knows this song. You cannot be a blues music lover and not listen to this song ,This groove and instrumentation is so authentic it take us to another place in time.You listen to this long enough, you will hear hundreds of your favorite guitarists and blues singers. This is like the common ancestor of a million tunes.

Good mornin', little schoolgirl

Good mornin', little schoolgirl

Can I go?

Can I go home wit' you?

Tell yo' mama an yo' papa

Lord, I'm a li'l schoolboy, too

Come on, be my baby

Come on, be my baby

I'll buy you a diamond

I'll buy you a diamond ring

If you don't like that, baby

I ain't gon' buy ya a doggone thing

I don't know, hardly

I don't know, hardly

What in this world

What in this world to do

I don't mean to hurt yo' feelings

Or even get mad with you

I 'member way back, babe

I 'member way back, babe

When I was young age

When I was young, age-a nine

Lord, I thinkin' about my schoolday

It sho' did worry on my mind.

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Fred Mcdowell

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