Bald Headed Woman

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"Bald Headed Woman"
Song by The Kinks from the album Kinks
Released 2 October 1964 (1964-10-02) (UK)
Recorded Late August 1964, Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Genre Blues
Label Pye NPL 18096 (UK)
Writer(s) Shel Talmy
Producer(s) Shel Talmy
Kinks track listing
"Bald Headed Woman"
"Bald Headed Woman"
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Single by The Who
A-side "I Can't Explain"
Released December 1964 (US)
15 January 1965 (UK)[1]
Format 7" 45rpm
Recorded September 1964 at IBC Studios, London, England
Genre Blues
Length 2:32
Writer(s) Shel Talmy
Producer(s) Shel Talmy
The Who singles chronology
"Zoot Suit/I'm the Face"
"I Can't Explain"/
"Bald Headed Woman"
"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"

"Bald Headed Woman" is a traditional blues song[2] covered and released by The Kinks on their eponymous debut album in 1964[3] and The Who in 1965 as the b-side of "I Can't Explain". It is claimed that Jimmy Page, as a session guitarist, played lead guitar on "Bald Headed Woman" on both The Kinks[4] and The Who[5] versions. However Page is officially credited with playing 12 string acoustic guitar on two tracks on The Kinks' debut album, "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter" and "I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain" [6] and possibly on the b-side "I Gotta Move",[7] but not on "Bald Headed Woman".

The song was also covered by other artists of the time, including Harry Belafonte, as seen in the Bob Dylan documentary, No Direction Home and The Sneekers


  1. ^ "Discography – I Can't Explain". 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Earliest known recording on YouTube.
  3. ^ Release Information
  4. ^ Hip Young Guitar Slinger: Overview. Allmusic
  5. ^ The Who: Official Discography
  6. ^ Booklet of the The Kinks (album) Deluxe Edition Sanctuary Records 2011
  7. ^ Booklet of the Kinks' Picture Book boxset Sanctuary Records 2008

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