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Performances Song History


Music/Lyrics: Mahal/Davis

Vocals: Trey

Original Artist: Taj Mahal

Original Album: The Natch'l Blues (1968)

Albums: Colorado '88

Debut: 1987-02-21

Historian: Jeremy Welsh

"Corinna" was written by blues man and musicologist Taj Mahal and released on his 1968 album Natch’l Blues, which also featured “She Caught the Katy.” While often confused, this song is decidedly not the 1930's blues song by Bo Chatmon and the Mississippi Sheiks "Corrine, Corrina" – they share similar titles but are in no manner the same. Phish first performed this slow, bluesy number on 2/21/87, and played it eighteen known times between 1987 and 1989. The song often featured an extended piano solo by Page, blending well with Trey’s heartfelt vocals. 

Ten years and over a thousand shows later, Phish broke-out “Corinna” at their New Year’s celebration at Big Cypress (12/30/99). Early in the opening set of the festival – only two songs after a treat of Traffic’s “Light Up or Leave Me Alone” – Phish decided to surprise the crowd with an enjoyable rendition of “Corinna,” a fitting song in the warm, December sun in southern Florida. “Corinna” has been played three times since 12/30/99: on 9/15/00 at Hershey Park2/24/03 (a night for the blues as blues legend B.B. King sat in for three songs); and 12/30/09 Miami (part of of a bust-out bonanza to break Phish's own record for most unique songs played in one year). 

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