- "Okay, lads? Okay, so this next song was, eh... The record I had
was by Ramblin' Jack Elliott, son of TS. Goes like this..."
- Paul McCartney singing the San Francisco Bay Blues. Recorded live
at the Limehouse Television Studios, London for MTV's 'Unplugged,' 01.25.91.
- "I'm trying to write my memoirs but I can't remember when anything
happened. It's all one big blur."
Jack starts to play a very quiet guitar.
Rosalie Sorrels shouts from the audience, "PLUG IT IN, SWEETIE."
"Oh, I forgot the electricity.
"What was it Paul
McCartney said? He said he learned the San Francisco Bay Blues off
of my early English recording, and I know he did too because he sang
it with all the same mistakes that I did. I was still just barely learning
the song then. I learned it in '54 and I recorded it in England in 1955.
It took me several years to get it right.
"I went to see him near Denver but we couldn't get in backstage.
They had a lot of security. We waited for an hour behind my friend's
truck, chewed some tobacco, went down to talk to the security about
it. They said,
'Paul's doing a sound check.'
Well I could hear him doing the sound check, you could hear it all over
Boulder, Colorado. I never did get to meet him, to thank him, but I'd
like to thank Paul wherever you are. I'm gonna plug in now."
- Jack Elliott, live San Francisco 01.09.99