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.
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.
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.
It’s the Dust Bowl Depression Era Jump Jive Blues- it’s the sounds of a jump jive jalopy, broken down banjos and rumble seat sinners fueled up on jungle juice and the churn of the crank shaft as the Model-T lurks into motion along the dusty hobo highway. Pre-War Blues and rockin’ rhythm & blues rages of the stage and rumbles through the festival grounds. Maison du Malheur has arrived.
Little Walter | Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930)
Little Walter I would’ve liked to have played with / Johnny Winter
The Swinging Harp
The first time I heard about Little Walter was in the movie Cadillac Recods. I was a nineteen year old boy who just invented some blues greats like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker. The first song that got my attention, and I’m sure many more Little Walter enthusiasts, was ‘My Babe’. Everytime I hear that swinging harp and Guitar, it gives me a relaxing groove. Walters voice is one of a kind, that is what makes his music great.
Little walter was born in Marksville, Louisiana. At age of twelve he dropped out of school, he would travel around, walking the streets of New Orleans, Memphis, Helena and St. Louis.
When Little Walter arrived in Chicago he started playing music on Maxwell Street. A famous place for Chicago blues musicians, back in the day. Not only Walter but also many more Chicago legends made fame on Maxwell Street. Among Little Walter artist like Floyd Jones, Big Bill Broonzy and Sonny Boy Williamson played there tunes on Maxwell Street.
Little Walter´s Music
From now on it is possible to listen to some Blues records on the Black Bull Blues Blog. With Amazon musicplayer I can give an impression of the music I’m talking ’bout. Enjoy the famous Little Walter Tracks.
A few months after returning from his second European tour, he was involved in a fight while taking a break from a performance at a nightclub on the South Side of Chicago. The relatively minor injuries sustained in this altercation aggravated and compounded damage he had suffered in previous violent encounters, and he died in his sleep at the apartment of a girlfriend at 209 E. 54th St. in Chicago early the following morning.
Some know him as ‘The King Of Zydeco’ other as the ‘King Of The South’, he was the first French speaking American grammy winner, this blog is about Clifton Chenier. Clifton is famous for his influential accordion sound and as the creator of a musical mix between Cajun, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock ‘n Roll into a Zydeco sandwich.
Chenier was born in Opelousas, Louisiana he grew up working in the sugar and rice fields of the Pelican State. Clifton’s father was an accordion player, his uncle was a guitarist and a fiddler, the Chenier family was a music family. He featured in the beautiful 1973 documentary film Hot Pepper by director Les Blank about Zydeco. The documentary shows the musical life of Chenier from the sweaty music clubs in Louisiana through the Bayous of the countryside into downtown New Orleans streets.
My favourite album of Clifton Chenier is ‘Frenchin’ the Boogie’ released in 1976 on Bluestar records. It contains covers of Ray Charles ( I Got A Woman), Muddy Waters ( I Just Want To Make Love To You). It is a swinging album with a perfect mix of Zydeco, Rock n Roll and Blues. A typical New Orleans album.
His cousin, Lightning Hopkins wife introduced Chenier to Chris Strachwitz, owner of the roots music label Arhoolie.. Strachwitz quickly Signed Chenier to his label.
Once I was checking to hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, ‘You play blues. That music is so sad.’ I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, ‘You didn’t play one sad song.’ – Buddy Guy –
Lightnin’Hopkins is one of the best Blues guitar man of all time. Because of that this first Black Bull Blues Bio is all about the Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins. Sam Hopkins born in March 15, 1912 Centerville, Texas started his carreer in the 1920s when he met Blind Lemon Jefferson.
His career stretched from the 1920s till his death in 1982. Some cool old recording of Lightnin´ Hopkins are collected on the album Early Recordings, released in 1975. Songs like ´Blue Bird Blues´, ´Mad With You´, ´Automobile blues´ and ´Seems Funny Baby´, give you a good impression of his style.