A blues classic, Goin' Down was first recorded by Freddy King, but famously covered by many great guitarist, including Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck, and countless all star blues bands.
Freddy King Live Tribute - YouTube (5:24)
Freddy King's Original Version
In 1969 King hired Jack Calmes as his manager, who secured him an appearance at the 1969 Texas Pop Festival, alongside Led Zeppelin and others, and this led to King's being signed to Leon Russell's new label, Shelter Records. The company treated King as an important artist, flying him to Chicago to the former Chess studios for the recording of Getting Ready and gave him a backing line-up of top session musicians, including rock pianist Leon Russell. Three albums were made during this period, including blues classics and new songs like, "Goin' Down" written by Don Nix.
Listen to the original version of "Going Down" by Freddie King - YouTube, from his 1971 record, "Getting Ready," which was largely written and produced by Leon Russell and features Duck Dunn on bass.
Stevie Ray VaughanNo surprise here, Stevie just kills it: Stevie Ray Vaughan plays Goin' Down live - YouTube, from the late 1980's. SRV is at the top of his game here.
Jeff Beck completely re-interprets this song, literally moving the keyboards out front to kick off this jam, and then takes the guitar in an incredible new direction. First he harmonizes with the singer, and then just blows it wide open for the solo, with some fantastic whammy bar work, and then just keeps going. Listen to Jeff Beck's Going Down studio version on YouTube, or watch this amazing footage from the Arms concert at Madison Square Garden, December 9, 1983:
All Star Blues Bands
This song has become a real favorite for the some of the best blues players, especially when they find themselves on the same stage. Check out this version from the Freddy King Live Tribute, with ZZTop, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and great keyboards, too!
Watch two masters jam: Stevie Ray Vaughan plays I'm Goin' Down with Jeff Beck on MTV, 10/28/1989 - YouTube - remastered video, excellent SD quality: