Hoochie Coochie Man

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"Hoochie Coochie Man"
Single by Muddy Waters
B-side "She's So Pretty"
Released 1954 (1954)
Format Ten-inch 78 rpm record
Recorded Chicago, January 7, 1954
Genre Chicago blues
Length 2:48
Label Chess (no. 1560)
Writer(s) Willie Dixon
Producer(s) Leonard Chess

"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.[1] The song became hit upon its release, reaching number three on Billboard magazine's Rhythm & Blues Records chart.[2] It features a stop-time arrangement on the tonic chord during the intro and verse.[3]

The term "hoochie coochie" has been used in different contexts. The hoochie coochie was the name of a sexually provocative dance performed by women.[4] It became popular during the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and appeared sporadically through the 1940s.[4] Music critic Bill Janovitz characterizes Dixon's lyrics as a "self-mythologizing testament" full of boasting.[5] According to folk singer Dave Van Ronk, Muddy Waters told him that the song is supposed to have a comic effect.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Performing for the January 7, 1954, recording of "Hoochie Coochie Man" are:[7]

Recognition[edit]

In 1984, "Hoochie Coochie Man" was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in the 1984.[8] Grammy Hall of Fame Award followed in 1998.[9] The song is included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll".[10] Representatives of the music industry and press voted it number 225 for Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[11]

Recordings by other artists[edit]

Numerous artists have recorded "Hoochie Coochie Man" in a variety of styles. Some include:[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herzhaft, Gerard (1992). "Hoochie Coochie Man". Encyclopedia of the Blues. University of Arkansas Press. p. 452. ISBN 1-55728-252-8. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Record Research, Inc. p. 435. ISBN 0-89820-068-7. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Michael (2008). Popular Music in America: And the Beat Goes On. p. 148. ISBN 0-495-50530-7. 
  4. ^ a b Bekes, Steve. "Who is the Hoochie Coochie Man?". Logoi.com. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Janovitz, Bill. "Muddy Waters: (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man – Song Review". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Wald, Elijah (2004). Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues. Amistad. p. 177. ISBN 0-06-052423-5. 
  7. ^ Palmer, Robert (1989). Muddy Waters: Chess Box (Box set booklet). Muddy Waters. Chess/MCA Records. p. 28. CHD3-80002. 
  8. ^ "Classics of Blues Recording – Singles and Album Tracks". Blues Hall of Fame Inductees Winners. The Blues Foundation. 1984. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Grammy Hall of Fame Awards – Past Recipients". The Recording Academy. 1998. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll". Exhibit Highlights. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1995. Archived from the original on 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone (963). December 9, 2004. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Hoochie Coochie Man – Song Search Results". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 16, 2014.