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Sittin' On Top Of The World

Composer: Traditional / Walter Jacobs / Lonnie Carter

Grateful Dead

info The Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead, 1967
info The Grateful Dead / Anthem Of The Sun, Grateful Dead, 1976?
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), Grateful Dead, 2001
info Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72, Grateful Dead, July 2002
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 26, Grateful Dead, 2002
info History Of The Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice), Grateful Dead, 2003 (expanded CD release only)
info The Birth Of The Dead, Grateful Dead, 2003
info Europe '72, The Complete Recordings, 2011
info Europe '72: Munich, 5/18/1972, Grateful Dead, 2011
info Europe '72: London, 5/23/1972, Grateful Dead, 2011
info Europe '72: London, 5/25/1972, Grateful Dead, 2011
info Dave's Picks Volume 3: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, 22/10/71, Grateful Dead, 2012
info Birth Of The Dead, Vol. 2 (The Live Sides), 2014

The Dead

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info Dead '09: E. Rutherford, NJ, April 29, 2009

Furthur

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info March 26, 2011, New York, NY
info July 23, 2011, Philadelphia, PA
info Oct 1, 2011, Morrison, CO
info Nov 6, 2011, Amherst, MA
info April 13, 2012, New York, NY
info Sept 25, 2013, Eugene, OR

Phil Lesh & Friends

info Phil Lesh & Friends: June 20, 2006, Nashville, TN, Phil Lesh & Friends, 2006
info Instant Live: June 27, 2006, Asheville, NC, Phil Lesh & Friends, 2006
info Instant Live: July 2, 2006, Saratoga, NY, Phil Lesh & Friends, 2006
info Instant Live: July 11, 2006, Scranton, PA, Phil Lesh & Friends, 2006
info Instant Live: July 19, 2006, Kansas City, MO, Phil Lesh & Friends, 2006

Others

no info Mississippi Sheiks, 1930
no info Two Poor Boys (Joe Evans and Arthur McClain), 1931
no info Alabama Sheiks, 1931
no info Leon's Lone Star Cowboys, 1932
no info Milton Brown & His Brownies, 1934
no info Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, 1935
no info Single, Bill Monroe, 1957
info Knee Deep in Blue Grass, Bill Monroe, 1958
no info Whole Lotta Shakin', Carl Perkins, 1958
no info Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, 195?
no info Old Style Texas and Oklahoma Fiddling, Tony Thomas, 195?
no info Country Music in Bluegrass Style, Harry & Jeannie West, 1960
no info EP, Wayne Raney and the Raney Family, 1960
info Doc Watson, Doc Watson, 1964
no info Hobart Smith, Folk Legacy, Hobart Smith, 1964
no info Real Folk Blues, Howlin' Wolf, 1965
info Old Timey Concert, Doc Watson, Clint Howard and Fred Price, 1967
info Strictly Bluegrass, The Valley Ramblers, 1967
no info Hometown Guitar, Chet Atkins, 1968
no info The Old Timey Rap: American Songs & Instrumentals, Hobart Smith, 1968
info Sweet Moments, The Blue Velvet Band, 1969
no info Frank Campbell and The Country Blues, Frank Campbell, 196?
no info Champion Fiddler, Vol. 2, Curly Fox, 196?
info Blue Grass Style, Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1970
no info The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, Howlin' Wolf, 1971
no info Greatest Folksingers of 60s, Various Artists (Doc Watson), 1972
no info Live and Cookin', Howlin' Wolf, 1972
info Chester Burnette AKA. Howlin' Wolf, Howlin' Wolf, 1972
info Hillbilly Jazz, Vassar Clements, 1975
no info Any Old Wind That Blows, Jim Ringer, 1975
no info I Wasn't Born To Rock 'N' Roll, Roland White, 1976
no info Pat Webb - Guitar, Pat Webb, 1977
info Radio Shows, Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys, 1978
no info Dance Like A Wave On The Sea, Walt Michael and Tom McCreesh, 1978
info Westbound And Down, The Pinnacle Boys, 1978
no info Hoe Down! Vol. 6, Country Blues Instrumentals, Mutt Poston and The Farm Hands, 197?
no info Early Country Music, Joe Evans, 197?
info Byron Berline & the L.A. Fiddle Band, Byron Berline & the L.A. Fiddle Band, 1980
info 15th Anniversary Celebration, Seldom Scene, 1981
no info Top Of The World, Earl Scruggs, 1983
no info It Ain't Easy, Chris Smither, 1983
no info Swingin' Piano 1920-46, Various Artists (Vera Guilaroff), 1983
info Berkshire Mountains Bluegrass Festival, Various Artists (Harley Allen & Mike Lilly), 1985
no info Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 8, Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys, 1988
no info Evolution Girl, Double Decker String Band, 1988
no info Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol 2, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 1989
info Bluegrass 1950-1958, Bill Monroe, 1990
info Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3: 1931-1934, Mississippi Sheiks, 1991
no info Blue Lightning, Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin, 1991
info The Chess Box, Howlin' Wolf, 1991
no info Late Last Night, Skip Gorman and Rick Starkey, 1991
info Threadgill's Supper Session, Various Artists/Threadgill's Troubadours, 1991
info Good As I Been to You, Bob Dylan, 1992
no info Complete Recordings 1951-1969, Howlin' Wolf, 1993
info Sounds of the South, Various Artists (Lonnie Young), 1993
info Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley, 1960-1962, Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson , 1994
no info Strange Things Happening, Sleepy La Beef, 1994
info Larger Than Life, Sleepy LaBeef, 1996
info Hats Off! A Tribute to Bill Monroe, Various Artists (Pinnacle Boys), 1996
no info Off Yonder Wall, Jelly Roll Kings, 1997
info Live in Japan, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 1997
info His Best, Howlin' Wolf, 1997
info Live, Asylum Street Spankers, 1997
info Country Roots, Vol. 1: 21 Old-Time Favorites, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 1997
info 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Monroe, 1999
info Mule To Ride, Tara Nevins, 1999
info Living Country Blues: An Anthology, Various Artists (Sam Chatmon), 1999
no info The Carter Family On Border Radio 1938-1942, The Carter Family, 19??
no info Original Carter Family In Texas - Vol. 4 - Radio Transcriptions, The Carter Family, 19??
no info 1934-37, The Light Crust Dough Boys, 19??
no info EP, Crystal Creek, 19??
no info Mac Martin and the Dixie Travelers, 19??
info Country Bluegrass, Harry & Jeanie West, 2000
no info The Early Blues Roots of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Mississippi Sheiks), 2000
info American Roots Music, Various Artists (Bob Willis), 2001
info The Roots Of The Grateful Dead & Jerry Garcia, Various Artists (Mississippi Sheiks), 2001
info Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records, Various Artists (Van Morrison and Carl perkins), 2001
info The Definitive Bluegrass Collection, Various Artists (Pinnacle Boys), 2001
info Tribute to Bluegrass, Chet Atkins, 2002
info The Essential, Mississippi Sheiks, 2002
info Legacy, Doc Watson and David Holt, 2002
info Spontaneous Combustion, Ellen McIlwaine, 2002
info The Missing Link, Harmonica Frank Floyd, 2002
info Pilgrim, Matthew Fox, 2002
info Anthology, Bill Monroe, 2003
info Live! : The Rhumb Line, Tom Eaton and Pick 3, 2003
info Trouble in Mind: Doc Watson Country Blues Collection, Doc Watson, 2003
info An Untamed Sense of Control, Roscoe Holcomb, 2003
info Cold Mountain Soundtrack, Various Artists (Jack White), 2003
info Rough Guide: American Roots Box, Various Artists (Mississippi Sheiks), 2003
info Far Across the Blue Water, Bill Monroe, 2004
info Live at the Ragged Edge, Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland, 2004
info Cluck Cluck, The Secondhand Band, 2004
info Lightning In A Bottle, Various Artists (James Blood Ulmer with Alison Krauss and Levon Helm), 2004
info Faded Love 1947-1973, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, 2005
info Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Doc Watson), 2005
info Bluegrass Heritage, Vol. 2: Roots and Branches: 25 More Bluegrass Classics, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2005
info Black Highway, Puddletown Ramblers, 2005
info The Best of Mac Wiseman: Essential Original Masters, Mac Wiseman, 2006
info 36 Bluegrass Hits, Various Artists (Pinnacle Boys), 2006
info Good Morning, Friend, Druha Trava, 2006
info True Bluegrass Essentials, Various Artists (Lonesome River Band), 2006
info Notorious, Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger, 2006
info Sittin' on Top of the World, Jack Cooke, 2006
info The Best of Van Morrison, Vol. 3, Van Morrison, 2006
info Hag: The Capitol Recordings 1968-1976: Concepts, Live & the Strangers, Merle Haggard, 2008
info Songs from the Invisible Republic, Various Artists (Mississippi Sheiks), 2008
info The Roots of the Grateful Dead, Various Artists (Bill Monroe), 2008
info 1950-1958 (JSP box set), Bill Monroe And His Bluegrass Boys, 2009
info The Roots Of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Mississippi Sheiks), 2009
info Drive-Time Bluegrass, Various Artists (Lonesome River Band), 2009
info Del and Dawg: Hardcore Bluegrass in the Dawg House, Del McCoury and David Grisman, 2012

String Cheese Incident live recordings

info On The Road: April 17, 2002, Louisville, KY, String Cheese Incident, 2002
info On The Road: April 24, 2002, Orlando, FL, String Cheese Incident, 2002
info On The Road: July 6, 2002 Morrison, CO, String Cheese Incident, 2002
info On the Road: October 16, 2002 Vancouver, BC, String Cheese Incident, 2003
info On The Road: November 1, 2002, Las Vegas, NV, String Cheese Incident, 2003
info On The Road: April 16, 2003, Richmond, VA, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: July 4, 2003, Santa Fe, NM, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: August 10, 2003, Farmingville, NY, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: September 26, 2003, Atlanta, GA, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: October 4, 2003, Philadelphia, PA, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: December 10, 2003, Eugene, OR, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: December 31, 2003, Chicago, IL, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: March 19, 2004, Interlaken, SUI, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: April 3, 2004, Oxford, UK, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: April 19, 2004, Osaka, Japan, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: June 18, 2004, North Plains, OR, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: July 19, 2004, Tahoe, CA, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: August 1, 2004, Milwaukee, WI, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: August 22, 2004, Telluride, CO, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: October 28, 2004, Ann Arbor, MI, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: Not Your Everyday Incident I, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: March 29, 2005, South Lake Tahoe, NV, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: April 6, 2005, Bozeman, MT, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: July 15, 2005, Richmond, VA, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: October 6, 2005, Portland, ME, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: October 17, 2005, N. Myrtle Beach, SC, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: October 29, 2005, Las Vegas, NV (Orleans Ballroom), String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: Archive Series: Asheville, NC, November 10, 2001, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: Archive Series: Santa Barbara, CA, August 2, 2001, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: July 2, 2006, Morrison, CO, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: June 24, 2006, Santa Margarita, CA, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: July 23, 2006, Anchorage, AK, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: July 29, 2006, Niigata, Japan, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: September 16, 2006, Austin, TX, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: October 4, 2006, Louisville, KY, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: October 7, 2006, Asheville, NC, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: October 21, 2006, Gainsville, FL, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: December 21, 2006, Boulder, CO, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: March 24, 2007, Denver, CO, String Cheese Incident, 2007
info On The Road: July 27, 2007, North Plains, OR, String Cheese Incident, 2007
info On The Road: August 5, 2007, Salem, MO, String Cheese Incident, 2007
info On The Road: Archive Series: Rockingham, NC, July 18, 2001, String Cheese Incident, 2007

Notes

First recorded by the Mississipi Sheiks during their first recording session in February 1930.

The song was possibly written by members of the group, possibly adapted from a traditional song. Jacobs and Carter were members of the Mississippi Sheiks who wrote and performed under a number of different names; Bo Chatman (Carter) and Walter Vincson (Jacobs).

The song was influenced by the earlier song I'm Sitting On Top Of The World (Just Rolling Along) which was written by Brown/Henderson/Lewis.

The Mississippi Sheiks version, just vocals, one guitar and one fiddle is slow and stately compared to the Dead's version.

The rhythm of their version and the song's melody were subsequently used by Robert Johnson in Come On In My Kitchen. Versions of this can be found on;

King of the Delta Blues Singers, Robert Johnson, 1966
Jo Ann Kelly, Jo Ann Kelly, 1969
Anthology, Vol. 2, Duane Allman, 1974
Up on the Hill, Mickey Baker, 1975
Art of Bottleneck Guitar, Sam Mitchell, 1975
How Late'll Ya Play 'til?, David Bromberg, 1976
Cold and Lonesome on a Train, Sparky Rucker, 1977
Sacre Blues, Don Preston, 1981
King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol 1 and 2, Robert Johnson, 1985
The Complete Recordings, Robert Johnson, 1990
Shades of Two Worlds, Allman Brothers Band, 1991
A Truckload of Blues, Bob Brozman, 1991
Roots of Rhythm and Blues- A Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era, Various Artists, 1992
Built for Comfort, Robert Lucas, 1992
Ain't I a Woman, Rory Block, 1992
Blue Light Til Dawn, Cassandra Wilson, 1993
Numtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal / V M Bhatt, 1995
Keb' Mo', Keb' Mo', 1995
All Time Blues Classics, Robert Johnson, 1996
Live at Ronnie Scott's, London, Taj Mahal, 1996
Celebration of Blues: Women in Blues, Various Artists, 1996
Celebration of Blues: The Great Guitarists, Vol. 3, Various Artists, 1996
The Blues of Robert Johnson, Various Artists, 1997
Live from Around the World, Kristina Olsen, 1997
Great Country Blues, Various Artists, 1997
Gone Woman Blues, Rory Block, 1997
Divine Divas- World of Women's Voices, Various Artists, 1997
Greycourtlightning, Bill Perry, 1998