With so many great mp3s in our collection, we understand you might have a problem figuring out where to start. That’s why we created “Classics,” a list of our favorite public domain mp3. Scroll down for the player to enjoy this playlist!
Big Bill Broonzy – “How You Want It Done”
In his long career, Big Bill Broonzy wrote and copyrighted over 300 songs. Many were original, some were adaptations of folk songs in the oral tradition. You can hear in this early Broonzy recording of “How You Want It Done,” the seeds of rock and roll guitar playing which would later sprout in the hands of Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and many others in the 1950’s. We’re fortunate to have a nice clean digital copy to enjoy today.
Ma Rainey – “Slave To The Blues”
When you read the words “slave to the blues,” it doesn’t compare to how it sounds and feels when Ma Rainey sings this song. You can imagine her holding her heart in chains during this dreary memory. It’s another way to say endless heart ache.
New, Old Music by Blind Blake, “Diddie Wa Diddie“
This early classic of ragtime blues guitar continues to inspire musicians and entertain music lovers to today.
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Scott Joplin – “The Entertainer“
Only one of the greatest and most famous piano works of all time, here is Scott Joplin‘s “The Entertainer,” as performed by the American composer himself. More than stand the test of time, this unforgettable theme has become part of the very DNA of popular music, rediscovered by every generation since its conception. From its first run as a piano roll hit, through a chart topping radio resurgence in 1974 (precipitated by a prominent use in the hit Paul Newman / Robert Redford movie The Sting), to its ubiquitous presence on the loudspeakers of ice cream trucks the world over, this piece is synonymous with joy and fun.
New, Old Music by Dick Justice,”Cocaine“
This song is still significant some 75 plus years later.
Originally written and recorded by Luke Jordan in 1927, Justice re-made his own version of the song blending a little folk with some blues and speeding up the tempo.
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Ed Meeker, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game“
The World Series always makes me think of Ed Meeker and his classic song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” on Edison recordings. What a chorus! Next year is this songs 100th anniversary. People everywhere still sing it. Now that’s popular music! This version is ripped from a 78rpm recording, but the quality and gusto of Ed’s voice resonates magnificently. Remember, it’s “1, 2, 3, strikes you’re out at the old ball game!”