Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
"Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" is an American traditional song. It seems to have developed from lyrics in the cowboy song "My Lula Gal", itself a development of bawdy British and Appalachian songs generally known as "Bang Bang Rosie" or "Bang Away Lulu.
|"Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms"|
|Single by Buck Owens|
|from the album Ruby|
|Genre||Country, bluegrass, country rock|
|Buck Owens singles chronology|
The Flatt & Scruggs version was first released as a single by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, on December 14, 1951. Buck Owens released his cover version "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms" in August 1971 as the second single from his album Ruby. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.
- The earliest recorded version is that of Buster Carter and Preston Young, 1931, with Posey Rorer on fiddle.
- The Flatt & Scruggs arrangement has also been covered by Roy Acuff, Boxcar Willie, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, David Allan Coe, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Guy Davis, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, The Grascals, Lloyd Green, Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Sleepy LaBeef, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Rose Maddox, Jimmy Martin, The New Lost City Ramblers, Norma Jean, Dolly Parton, Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Reed, David Rogers, The Stonemans, The String Cheese Incident, Conway Twitty, Doc Watson and Willie Nelson
- Bill Flagg also recorded a version for Tetra Records in the 1950s but the album was never released
- Leon Russell on his 1973 Hank Wilson's Back album.
- Maury Finney, whose 1976 version peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
- The Flying Burrito Brothers on their 1978 Japanese album Close Encounters on the West Coast and their 1979 American album Live from Tokyo
- Czech version of this song is called "Džin Hej" (Djin named Hey), country band Plavci, released 29.05. in 1972, on 7" single Plavci-Otcova hůl/Džin Hej (Father's staff / Djin named Hey). Words for Czech version by Milan Dufek.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||2|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
Leon Russell (as Hank Wilson)Edit
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||57|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||78|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||30|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||76|
- Logsdon, Guy. The Whorehouse Bells Are Ringing and Other Songs Cowboys Sing, pp. 154 ff. 1995 reprint of UIP (Champaign), 1989. Accessed 13 Jan 2014.
- Cray, Ed. The Erotic Muse: American Bawdy Songs 2nd ed., p. 173 ff. UIP (Champaign), 1999. Accessed 13 Jan 2014.
- A separate development produced the children's rhymes "Miss Lucy had a baby" and "Miss Susie had a steamboat".
- "Buck Owens singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- "RPM Country Singles for November 13, 1971". RPM. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
- "Rolling in My Sweet Baby's Arms". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 144. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.