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Today: Muddy Waters recorded “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” in 1954, 60 years ago

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MW - Hoochie This 1954 recording (the second, after 1952′s original) of blues standard “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Muddy Waters is one of the all-time classic blues records; a vital piece of Chicago-style electric blues that links the Delta to rock & roll..
~Bill Janovitz (allmusic.com)


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This 1954 recording (the second, after 1952′s original) of blues standard “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Muddy Waters is one of the all-time classic blues records; a vital piece of Chicago-style electric blues that links the Delta to rock & roll..
~Bill Janovitz (allmusic.com)

Hoochie Coochie Man ( Chess 1954):

 From Wikipedia:

Released 1954
Format 10″ 78 rpm record
Recorded January 1954 in Chicago, Illinois
Genre Chicago blues
Length 2:48
Label Chess (Cat. No. 1560)
Writer(s) Willie Dixon
Producer Leonard Chess

Muddy_Waters

Hoochie Coochie Man” (sometimes referred to as “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man“) is a blues standard written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954 in Chicago. The song was a major hit upon its release, reaching #8 on Billboard magazine’s Black Singles chart. The intro and verse to Muddy Water’s version feature stop-time while the chorus features a refrain. According to an account by Dave Van Ronk, Muddy Waters stated that the song is supposed to have a comic effect.

Live @ Newport 1960:

 

  • The song was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984.
  • The song was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.
  • The song is a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll list.
  • The song was featured on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, where it was voted number 225 by representatives of the music industry and press.

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Personnel:

  • Muddy Waters – lead vocals, guitar
  • Little Walter – harmonica
  • Otis Spann – piano
  • Jimmy Rogers – guitar
  • Willie Dixon – bass
  • Fred Below – drums

Live with “The Rolling Stones” – 1981:

Meaning of “Hoochie Coochie”

The hoochie coochie was a sexually provocative dance that became wildly popular during and after the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Since the dance was performed by women, a “hoochie coochie man” either watched them or ran the show. Alternatively, from the directly sexual meaning of hoochie coochie, he greatly enjoyed sexual intercourse.

Lyrics

The gypsy woman told my mother
Before I was born
I got a boy child’s comin’
He’s gonna be a son of a gun
He gonna make pretty women’s
Jump and shout
Then the world wanna know
What this all about
But you know I’m him
Everybody knows I’m him
Well you know I’m the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I’m him

I got a black cat bone
I got a mojo too
I got the Johnny Concheroo
I’m gonna mess with you
I’m gonna make you girls
Lead me by my hand
Then the world will know
The hoochie coochie man
But you know I’m him
Everybody knows I’m him
Oh you know I’m the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I’m him

On the seventh hours
On the seventh day
On the seventh month
The seven doctors say
He was born for good luck
And that you’ll see
I got seven hundred dollars
Don’t you mess with me
But you know I’m him
Everybody knows I’m him
Well you know I’m the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I’m him

Check out:

Album of the day

Hoochie Coochie Man: Complete Chess Masters, Vol. 2: 1952-1958 (2004)

muddy waters anthology

Other January 07:

  • Owen Bradley (October 21, 1915 – January 7, 1998) was an American record producer who, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, was one of the chief architects of the 1950s and 1960s Nashville sound in country music and rockabilly.
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  • Jann Simon Wenner (born January 7, 1946) is the co-founder and publisher of the music and politics biweekly Rolling Stone, as well as the current owner of Men’s Journal and Us Weekly magazines.
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-Egil

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