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Blues song Hoochie Coochie Man

Released in 1954 by Chess Records.

Hoochie Coochie Man was written by Willy Dixon and played by Muddy Waters for the first time in 1954. This record is considered one of the most important songs in blues history. And therefore, a reason to write about it on Black Bull Blues.

Awards

When Hoochie Coochie Man was released it reached the #8 position on the Black Singles Chart in 1954. In 1998 the song was awarded with the Grammy Hall Of Fame award. Hoochie Coochie Man is also featured on the Rolling Stone Magazine list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Hoochie Coochie

According to Wikipedia Hoochie Coochie was a provocative dance that became widly popular during, and after, the Chicago World 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.

Band

I love this song and when I play some records in the local pub, Hoochie Coochie Man is always part of the set. Maybe not the Muddy Waters version but one way or the other Hoochie Coochie Man will be played. What I like about the Muddy Waters version is first of all the voice and the breaks. But it is in my opinion the band behind Waters that makes the track. The great Muddy on guitar and vocals, “The Blues” Willy Dixon on Bass, “The Boss” Little Walter on harp and Fred Below on drums.

It’s the bass that grabs you, a simple riff but it fits every style. If you want to play a Rock ‘n Roll or even a Hip Hop version of this song it is the bass that brings Hoochie Coochie Man back to the Blues. Willy Dixon said it: ‘Without the Roots you have no Froots’.

About the harp, we all know that Little Walter is one of the best harp players of all time. His contribution to Hoochie Coochie Man is fantastic. Especially the partin the chorus. In Walterstyle he plays while Muddy Waters sings, and just that gives you the thrills, it’s the perfect blues feeling.

Covers

Like any other great song, Hoochie Coochie Man has been covered many times. I found thirty versions of the song. The song by Etta James, Chuck Berry and Eric Clapton are my favorites. But if you like to listen to other music styles, I can recommend the Motorhead version.

Lyrics

(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters
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

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