|Single by Mountain|
|from the album Climbing!|
|Format||7" 45 rpm record|
|Label||Windfall (no. LP 4510)|
|Writer(s)||Leslie West, Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi, David Rea|
"Mississippi Queen" is a song by the American rock band Mountain. Considered a rock classic, it was their most successful single, reaching #21 in the Billboard Hot 100 record chart in 1970. "Mississippi Queen" has been recorded by several artists, including Ozzy Osbourne, who had a hit with the song in 2005.
Composition and recording
"Mississippi Queen" was recorded during the sessions for Mountain's 1970 debut album Climbing!. According to drummer Corky Laing, he had developed some of the lyrics and the drum part prior to his joining the band. Later, when guitarist Leslie West was looking for lyrics for a guitar part he had written, Laing pulled out "The Queen" and the two worked out the song together; bassist/producer Felix Pappalardi and lyricist David Rea also received songwriting credits. When the group proceeded to record "Mississippi Queen", Pappalardi insisted on numerous takes. Growing weary, Laing started using the cowbell to count off the song. Pappalardi liked it so much he left it in the mix, creating the instantly recognizable intro to the song.
- 1985 — W.A.S.P. recorded "Mississippi Queen" and it was included as a bonus track on the 1998 reissue of their The Last Command album.
- 1990 — Sam Kinison re-wrote the lyrics to tell the story of the Jim Bakker / PTL Scandal for his Leader of the Banned album.
- 2005 — Ozzy Osbourne recorded it with Leslie West on guitar for his album Under Cover; his version was released as a single and peaked at #10 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
- 2008 — Molly Hatchet also did a version on their Southern Rock Masters.
- 2008 — Ministry recorded the song for Cover Up.
- Greenwald, Matthew. "Mississippi Queen — Song Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- Eder, Bruce; Huey, Steve. "Mountain — Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
- Laing, Corky (2002). Climbing! (Liner notes). Mountain. Columbia/Legacy. pp. 8–9. CK 86577.
- Keyboard player Steve Knight does not perform on the song; the piano part is played by Pappalardi. Climbing! (liner notes) p. 3.