Hoochie Coochie Man
|"Hoochie Coochie Man"|
|Single by Muddy Waters|
|B-side||"She's So Pretty"|
|Format||10" 78 rpm record|
|Recorded||January 1954 in Chicago, Illinois|
|Label||Chess (Cat. No. 1560)|
"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.
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.
The following musicians recorded "Hoochie Coochie Man" in January 1954:
- Muddy Waters – lead vocals, guitar
- Little Walter – harmonica
- Otis Spann – piano
- Jimmy Rogers – guitar
- Willie Dixon – bass
- Fred Below – drums
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.
Numerous artists have recorded "Hoochie Coochie Man", including:
- Jimmy Page & Robert Plant on the album "hoochie coochie man" PoK, (date not known)
- Alexis Korner on R&B from the Marquee (1962)
- Jimmy Smith on Got My Mojo Workin (1962)
- Long John Baldry on Long John's Blues (1964)
- Manfred Mann on The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (1964)
- Nashville Teens on the album of the same name (1964)
- Graham Bond Organisation on The Sound of '65 (1965)
- The Shadows of Knight on Gloria (1966)
- Chuck Berry on Live at the Fillmore Auditorium (1967)
- Tim Hardin on This is Tim Hardin (1967)
- Billy Preston on Club Meeting (1967)
- Jimi Hendrix on BBC Sessions (recorded 1967, released 1998) and The Baggy's Rehearsal Sessions (recorded 1969, released 2002)
- Steppenwolf on Steppenwolf (1968)
- Willie Dixon recorded his own version (1969)
- Buddy Guy on Buddy and the Juniors (1970)
- The Allman Brothers Band on Idlewild South (1970)
- Freddie King on Woman Across the River (1973)
- The New York Dolls on Seven Day Weekend (1973)
- Livin' Blues on Livin' Blues Live'75 (1975)
- John Mayall on Primal Solos (1977)
- Eric Burdon (1979)
- FEAR as Lee Ving in the film Get Crazy (1983)
- Jeff Healey in Road House (1989 film) (1989)
- Supertramp (1988 and 2002)
- Paul Rodgers on Muddy Water Blues (A Tribute To Muddy Waters) (1993)
- Eric Clapton on From The Cradle (1994)
- B. B. King on Original Blues Masters (1997)
- Etta James - Life, Love & the Blues (1998); renamed it Hoochie Coochie Gal
- Fear (band) on American Beer (album) (2001)
- Motörhead on Another Perfect Day [Bonus Tracks] (2001)
- Jon Lord & The Hoochie Coochie Men on Live at the Basement (2003)
- Steven Seagal on Mojo Priest with Thunderbox
- Dion on Son of Skip James (2007).
- Howard Mandel, ed. (2005). The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues. Billboard Books. pp. 182–183. ISBN 0-8230-8266-0.
- Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 4 - The Tribal Drum: The rise of rhythm and blues. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. Track 2.
- Campbell, Michael (2008). Popular Music in America: And The Beat Goes On, p.148. ISBN 0-495-50530-7.
- Wald, Elijah (2004) Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues. New York: Amistad, p. 177
- Past Hall of Fame Inductees Blues Foundation. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
- "Grammy Hall of Fame". Grammy Awards. United States: National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
- "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll by Artists (W-Z)". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on January 10, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
- Jann S. Wenner, ed. (December 9, 2004). "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone (United States: Jann S. Wenner) (963). Archived from the original on January 10, 2011.
- "Hoochie Coochie Man". Rolling Stone. December 9, 2004. Retrieved on February 17, 2008.
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics