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KPLU All Blues host John Kessler has expanded "The Blues Time Machine," which has been a popular segment on his weekend blues shows. The weekly series tracks one great blues song through history - from its earliest recording to its latest and sometimes, with some surprising interpretations. "The Blues Time Machine" airs on KPLU on Fridays at 12:10 p.m. during the "Blue Plate Special," and on All Blues Saturdays and Sundays at 8 and 11 p.m.

Obscure origins of 'You Don't Love Me'

"You Don’t Love Me" is a classic blues song that has roots in the 50's and is still being recorded and re-invented. Willie Cobbs, an Arkansas rice farmer, made his way to Chicago in the late 1940's, playing his blues on Maxwell Street, eventually releasing "You Don't Love Me" in 1961.

He never became a major star, but his name will live on through the numerous cover versions of his song. Besides the blues artists who played it, like Junior Wells and Albert King, the song was a hit for Jamaican singer Dawn Penn in the '60s, and Rihanna included the song on a 2005 album.

Like many blues songs, this one has its origin in another song: Bo Diddley’s 1955 song "She’s Fine, She's Mine," which contains many of the elements of "You Don’t Love Me."

Most modern blues listeners likely first heard the song on The Allman Brothers’ 1971 album At Fillmore East, which featured the band jamming on "You Don’t Love Me" for 19 minutes — an entire album side. Though they are often credited with pioneering "southern rock," the Allman Brothers also deserve credit for bringing jazz sensibility to the blues. Here’s a 1995 video of the band performing "You Don’t Love Me":

Slo Leak is the brainchild of guitarist and producer Danny Kortchmar, who produced and played guitar on classic '70s releases from Carole King and James Taylor, and later with Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and Don Henley. He brings his studio savvy to bear with Slo Leak, often treating classic blues songs with extreme makeovers, as in their 1996 version of "You Don’t Love Me."

Here are the complete versions of "You Don’t Love Me" and "She’s Fine, She's Mine":

Bo Diddley "She’s Fine, She’s Mine" 1955

Willie Cobbs "You Don’t Love Me" 1961

The Allman Brothers "You Don’t Love Me" (at 19 minutes the 1971 version is too long, so this 6 minute live version was from a 1995 release)

Slo Leak "You Don’t Love Me" 1996

John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.