Baby Scratch My Back

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"Baby Scratch My Back"
Single by Slim Harpo
B-side "I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)"
Released 1965 (1965)
Format 7-inch 45 rpm record
Recorded 1965
Studio J. D. Miller Studio, Crowley, Louisiana
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:47
Label Excello (no. 2273)
Songwriter(s) James Moore a.k.a. Slim Harpo
Producer(s) J. D. Miller

"Baby Scratch My Back" is a 1965 rhythm and blues song by blues singer Slim Harpo. It is mostly an instrumental piece with occasional monologue and harmonica fills by Harpo.[1] The backing has been described as "a laconic, loping beat with tremolo laden guitar, wood block maracas, and snapping snare drum sound".[2]

Harpo referred to it as "an attempt at rock and roll for me".[1] Several rock groups had recorded some of his songs, including the Rolling Stones ("I'm a King Bee") and the Kinks ("Got Love If You Want It"). Music writer Todd Everett noted "Harpo evidently figured that he had a future in rock and roll".[1] Although it had some success with rock audiences (reaching number 16 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart), "Baby Scratch My Back" was a number one hit in 1966 on the magazine's Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart.[3] It was Harpo's most commercially successful single[1] and was subsequently recorded by several musicians.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Everett, Todd (1989). The Best of Slim Harpo (Album notes). Slim Harpo. Santa Monica, California: Rhino Records. pp. 2–3. OCLC 299857016. R2 70169. 
  2. ^ Marshall, James "The Hound" (1994). The Best of Excello Records (Album notes). Various artists. Los Angeles: Excello Records. p. 5. OCLC 70696292. CD 3001. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. p. 181. ISBN 0-89820-068-7. 
  4. ^ "Song search results for Baby Scratch My Back". AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
Preceded by
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)" by Stevie Wonder
Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles number-one single
February 26 – March 5, 1966
Succeeded by
"634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)" by Wilson Pickett