The wide world of Blues, Early Rock ‘n Roll and allother Black Music is so big and every day you discover more and more great music. That’s what keeps you dedicated to find the finest songs around. I created a Rhythm and Blues radio Session on the Black Bull Blues Mixcloud account including 13 songs that I’m happily like to share with y’all. This radio session contains some of my favorite artist including Junior Wells, Lowell Fulson, Gary U.S. Bonds and Ann Cole.
“Quarter to Three” to “The Letter”
Gary U.S. Bonds is a fantastic artist who recorded great songs like Dear Lady Twist and Quarter to Three. That song became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States on June 26, 1961, and remained there for two weeks. In 1968 another great bluesman Lowell Fulson entered the charts with the Rhythm and Blues hit “The Letter”, which he released for Kent Records.
Beautiful Lady Bluessingers
Ann Cole was the original performer of “Got My Mojo Working”in 1956. The Classic blues song wat written by Actor Preston S. Foster. I Really like how Ann Cole makes this song Swing. Another Great Lady Bluessinger is Esther Phillips. Her song So Good really makes averyone happy. In this song we can all see that ladies know how to make a song swing!
Other songs in this session are classics like Evaleena by Billy Boy Arnold, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Ike Gordon and Bo Diddley, I Hope you all enjoy! Photo Buddy Guy by By Bubba73 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
“Got My Mojo Working” is a what you call a classic song, everybody around in world of Blues and Rock ‘n Roll music performed it once, twice or maybe three times since it was released by Ann Cole in 1956. It is the Voodoo, the Mojo that got this song working. Maybe the rhythmic groove or the swinging lyrics. One thing is sure. “Got My Mojo Working” is milestone in music History.
Muddy Waters’ version was released in 1957 and is still a hit if it would be released nowadays. I’ll bet it would be the best song in the charts. Willie Dixon plays bass on the recording. You should expect that Dixon wrote the song because it is a very Dixon-like song. And like all his other songs it is a monster blues hit.
Hollywood actor and songwriter Preston S. Foster
But Dixon didn´t wrote the song. The copyright holder of the original “Got My Mojo Working” Is Preston S. Foster – the actor who played in over forty movies like American Empire (1942), Kansas City Confidential (1952) and The Last Mile (1932). He has a star on the Hollywood Boulevard, and for what we know he didn’t wrote a lot of songs. It is maybe one of the biggest surprises in music history.
Foster’s version was first recorded by Ann Cole a wonderful woman who toured around the south alongside Muddy Waters in the fifties. Ann recorded for several labels like Timely an Baton Records. She had minor hits over the years. A year after she sang “Got My Mojo Working” Muddy Released his version on Chess Records. That song is still one of best songs around and would become a major hit. Waters heard Cole perform on tour and got inspired to make his own version of it.
Kitty Daisy And Lewis Got that Mojo
After Ann Cole and Muddy Waters over a triple dozen artist would play the song like Elvis Presley, Canned Heat, Mannfred Mann, J.J. Cale, Art Blakey, Otis Rush, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter and recently Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. Some versions of “Got My Mojo Working” are absolutely worth listening.
For example Kitty, Daisy and Lewis from England. A blues group consisting two beautiful woman playing blues like a M*’f*cker. Especially their version on the French television is a must listen. This family band rocks the blues with some fantastic harmonica solos. Watch it here…
Elvis Presley’s Got My Mojo Working
Elvis Presley’s version of ‘Got My Mojo Working’ was part of his “Elvis Sings…” album and a real rhythm and blues kind of songs. Elvis changed the lyrics a little bit in comparison with Waters or Foster’s versions. Presley recorded a lot of blues songs throughout his career one of his greater blues songs is Evil which he performed in the 1958 movie King Creole
BB King recorded the song on his “King Size” and is a real grooving version a true boogie song.
The Zombies The British band The Zombies covered “Got My Mojo Working in a beat-version a sixties pop song
“Got My Mojo Working” is a true Blues Classic and even now some of the greatest musicians keep covering the great song originally written by Preston Foster, but popularised by Muddy Waters in 1957. If you’re interested in some other great versions listen to the Spotify playlist below.