Philip Larkin in Leicester - 20 May, 1950

from Letter from Philip Larkin to J B Sutton, 20 May 1950:

By Jay C, but if you were here I’d play you a record of Wild Bill Davison’s Tishomingo Blues I’ve sneaked from the College Jazz Library! Tremendously slow, powerful, summery: two chorused only, with Davison not wasting a note & taking a fearful split-toned break that sounds like Russell on a cornet. Then we could put some beer into us, tho’ I’m not in great beer-drinking form these days.
cite as

Philip Larkin, Letter from Philip Larkin to J B Sutton, 20 May 1950. In Anthony Thwaite (ed.), Selected Letters of Philip Larkin, 1950-1985 (London, 1992). accessed: 24 April, 2024

location of experience: Leicester


Philip Larkin
Academic library, Poet

Listening to

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Tishomingo Blues
written by Spencer Williams
performed by Wild Bill Davison

Experience Information

Date/Time 20 May, 1950
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:20:50 +0000