Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice
Thank you for your patience as we bring our website back online. Any auctions currently open or opening soon have updated closing times and will run on the schedules posted here.
You may resume bidding and tracking at this time. Bids placed anytime Friday may have not been recorded, so please check your MyBids and update accordingly or contact client services for assistance.

    Description

    Robert Johnson's "Hell Hound On My Trail" b/w "From Four Until Late." Vocalion 03623 (1937) 78 RPM. "...And the days keeps on worryin' me there's a hellhound on my trail... I can tell the wind is risin' leaves tremblin on the tree. All I need's my little sweet woman and to keep my company." The lyrics of this Robert Johnson classic reflect two of the driving themes of his life- the Devil and rambling. We've all heard the stories about him selling his soul for his mastery of the guitar and many of his lyrics do portray a man wrestling with spiritual issues. His rambling is also legendary- Johnson would play anywhere there was someone to listen including coal yards, speakeasies, levee camps, taverns, even street corners. He traveled to the east coast, the midwest, as far away as Canada. This song utilizes a choppy time signature and strays from the standard 12-bar format. Seldom has the age-old image of Cerberus, Greek mythology's hound of Hades, been used so effectively. The flip side is a more traditional Johnson blues composition, "From Four Until Late," a song with the classic lyric: "A woman is like a dresser some man always ramblin' th'ough its drawers." This record appears EX 7 and plays VG-EX 6, excepting a minor warp at the beginning that affects the sound slightly for a few revolutions. The labels have a high-sheen surface and feature great color. There are only 10-15 known copies of this record extant.



    View all of [The Good Rockin' Tonight Collection ]

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2005
    8th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,987

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 March 28 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction Entertainment Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage helped us feel we served the memory of our uncle with respect for his life's work and Heritage reflected that respect. You make a great team and gave us all a most memorable experience. We hope to work with you again some time in the future.
    C., A., L., & H. G.,
    Northport, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 July 20 - 21 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 July 20 - 21 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,877,783