Boogie On Reggae Woman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Boogie On Reggae Woman"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Fulfillingness' First Finale
B-side "Seems So Long"
Released November 1974
Genre Funk
Length 4:55 (album version)
4:08 (single version)
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"You Haven't Done Nothin'"
"Boogie on Reggae Woman"
"I Wish"

"Boogie On Reggae Woman" is a 1974 funk single by American Motown artist Stevie Wonder, from his album Fulfillingness' First Finale. Despite the song's title, its style is firmly funk/R&B and not reggae. It continued Wonder's successful Top Ten streak on the pop charts, reaching number three and also spent two weeks at number one on the soul charts.[1] It features Wonder's distinctive harmonica, although not his usual chromatic type but instead a diatonic A-flat "blues harp".[2] The song is also notable for Wonder's pulsating Moog synthesizer bassline. The lyrics are designed as a dialogue between "nice" and "naughty" intent, including the introduction to his harmonica break, which incorporates Wonder's casual but repeated question "Can I play?"

Following conclusion of the vocal, the harmonica is reprised for the remaining seventy seconds, and concluding thirty bars of the tune, to the fade.


  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, Fender Rhodes, piano, harmonica, drums, Moog bass
  • Rocky Dzidzornu – congas

Cover versions[edit]

Phish occasionally covers it in concert; one such performance appears on their live album Hampton Comes Alive. It has additionally been covered by Marcus Miller on his 2005 album Silver Rain.[3][4]

"Boogie On" was also covered by the Legion of Mary band, a collaboration between Merl Saunders, Jerry Garcia, Martin Fierro, John Kahn and Ronnie Tutt a total of 24 times between 1974 and 1975;[5] a cover of this song is available on the "Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1" bonus disc, "Absolutely Mary," as sung by Merl Saunders.[6]

On the album Glitter-Grass from the Nashwood Hollyville Strings, John Hartford recorded a version.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 636. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Silver Rain overview". 
  4. ^ "KOCH Records & 3 Deuces Records Announce New Album by Jazz Bassist Marcus Miller". 
  5. ^ "Legion Of Mary". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Grateful Dead Family Discography: Absolute Mary". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 

External links[edit]