Dupree [Laws I11]

DESCRIPTION: Betty asks Dupree for a diamond ring; he promises her one. He sets out for the jewelry store and steals a ring, but shoots a policeman as he escapes. Unwilling to leave Betty and/or unable to flee, he is captured, convicted, and hanged
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1930 (recording, Willie Walker)
KEYWORDS: homicide robbery execution
Dec 15, 1921 - Frank Dupree robs an Atlanta jewelry store
Sept. 1, 1922 - Dupree hanged
REFERENCES (9 citations):
Laws I11, "Dupree"
Lomax-Singing, pp. 328-330, "Dupree" (1 text, 1 tune)
Friedman, p. 396, "Dupree" (2 texts, but only the second is I11; Laws considers the first to be E24)
Cohen-AFS1, p. 315, "Dupree Blues" (1 text)
Botkin-SoFolklr, p. 752, "Dupree" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 239-240, "Dupree" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 73, "Betty And Dupree" (1 text, possibly modified by Brownie McGhee)
ADDITIONAL: Harold Courlander, _A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore_, Crown Publishers, 1976, pp. 398-400, "Betty and Dupree" (1 text)

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Teddy Grace, "Betty and Dupree" (Decca 2602, 1939)
Art Thieme, "Betty & Dupree Blues" (on Thieme06)
Kingfish Bill Tomlin, "Dupree Blues" (Paramount 13057, 1931; rec. 1930)
Brownie McGhee, "Betty and Dupree" (on AschRec2)
Willie Walker, "Dupree Blues" (Columbia 14578-D, 1931; rec. 1930; on BefBlues1, RoughWays1)
Georgia White, "Dupree Blues" (Decca 7100, 1935)
Josh White, "Betty and Dupree" (on ClassAfrAm)

cf. "Frank Dupree" [Laws E24] (plot)
Georgia White, "New Dupree Blues" (Decca 7209, 1936)
NOTES: Not to be confused with "Frank Dupree" [Laws E24]. This one is in blues form and opens with Betty asking for a ring.
According to Cohen, Frank Dupree was the last man legally hanged in Georgia. - RBW
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File: LI11

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