The Seventh Son", also recorded as " Seventh Son", is a song written by Willie Dixon. It was released as a single by Willie Mabon on Chess Records in 1955. [2 ] It has also been recorded by artists such as [3 ] Johnny Rivers (on his album ), Meanwhile Back at the Whisky a Go Go Bill Haley & His Comets (released on their 1999 greatest-hit compilation), ' John Mellencamp (on the 2005 reissue of ), Rough Harvest Billy "Crash" Craddock (on the album ), You Better Move On Mose Allison, Sting, Georgie Fame, Climax Blues Band, the Soul Agents, Long John Baldry, George Thorogood and, as many of its own songs, by Willie Dixon.
Original version [ edit ]
Willie Mabon recorded "the Seventh Son" on June 1, 1955 in
Chicago, Illinois. The exact personnel on the session is not known for sure but is most likely Willie Mabon ( vocals, piano), Bill Martin ( trumpet), Herbert Robinson ( tenor saxophone), Willie Dixon ( bass), and Oliver Coleman ( drums). The song was paired for release as a single with "Lucinda" as its b-side and was released in October. [1 ]
Johnny Rivers version [ edit ]
Johnny Rivers recorded his version of "the Seventh Son" live at the
Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, California and released it on in 1965 and released it as a single. The single version of the song peaked at #7 on Meanwhile Back at the Whisky à Go Go magazine's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Johnny Rivers' version also topped [4 ] magazine's Top Singles chart. RPM [5 ]
David Nelson Band [ edit ]
David Nelson Band has also been known to play a more jazz-inspired version on this tune.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c George R. White; Robert L. Campbell, Tom Kelly. "The Chess Label Part II (1953–1955)". Robert Campbell. Clemson, South Carolina: Clemson University . Retrieved March 20, 2011.
^ Hanson, Karen (2007). Today's Chicago Blues. Lake Claremont Press. p. 66. ISBN 1-893121-19-4, 9781893121195 .
^ Dahl, Bill; 610CKTM. "Willie Mabon biography".
^ "Johnny Rivers: Charts & Awards – . Billboard Singles" . Allmusic United States: Rovi Corporation . Retrieved March 20, 2011.
^ " (PHP). RPM Magazine Top Singles – Volume 3, No. 21, July 19 1965" . March 31, 2004. Library and Archives Canada