Hoochie Coochie Man

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"Hoochie Coochie Man"
Single by Muddy Waters
B-side "She's So Pretty"
Released 1954
Format 10" 78 rpm record
Recorded January 1954 in Chicago, Illinois[1]
Genre Chicago blues
Length 2:48
Label Chess (Cat. 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 in Chicago.[2] 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.[3] According to an account by Dave Van Ronk, Muddy Waters stated that the song is supposed to have a comic effect.[4]


The song was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984.[5] The song was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.[6] The song is a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll list.[7] 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.[8]


The following musicians recorded "Hoochie Coochie Man" in January 1954:[1]

Meaning of 'hoochie coochie'[edit]

The hoochie coochie was a sexually provocative dance that became wildly popular during and after the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.[9] 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.

Cover versions[edit]

Numerous artists have recorded "Hoochie Coochie Man", including:


  1. ^ a b Howard Mandel, ed. (2005). The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues. Billboard Books. pp. 182–183. ISBN 0-8230-8266-0. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Campbell, Michael (2008). Popular Music in America: And The Beat Goes On, p.148. ISBN 0-495-50530-7.
  4. ^ Wald, Elijah (2004) Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues. New York: Amistad, p. 177
  5. ^ Past Hall of Fame Inductees Blues Foundation. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Grammy Hall of Fame". Grammy Awards. United States: National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Logoi.com

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