Boogie On Reggae Woman
|"Boogie On Reggae Woman"|
|Single by Stevie Wonder|
|from the album Fulfillingness' First Finale|
|B-side||"Seems So Long"|
|Length||4:55 (album version)
4:08 (single version)
|Stevie Wonder singles chronology|
"Boogie On Reggae Woman" is a 1974 funk single by American Motown artist Stevie Wonder, from his album Fulfillingness' First Finale. Despite the song's title, it's style is firmly funk/R&B and not reggae. It continued Wonder's successful Top Ten streak on the pop charts, reaching number three and also spent two weeks at number one on the soul charts. It features Wonder's distinctive harmonica, although not his usual chromatic type but instead a diatonic A-flat "blues harp". The song is also notable for Wonder's pulsating Moog synthesizer bassline. The lyrics are designed as a dialogue between "nice" and "naughty" intent, including the introduction to his harmonica break, which incorporates Wonder's casual but repeated question "Can I play?"
Following conclusion of the vocal, the harmonica is reprised for the remaining seventy seconds, and concluding thirty bars of the tune, to the fade.
- Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, Fender Rhodes, piano, harmonica, drums, Moog bass
- Rocky Dzidzornu – congas
"Boogie On" was also covered by the Legion of Mary band, a collaboration between Merl Saunders, Jerry Garcia, Martin Fierro, John Kahn and Ronnie Tutt a total of 24 times between 1974 and 1975; a cover of this song is available on the "Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1" bonus disc, "Absolutely Mary," as sung by Merl Saunders.
On the album Glitter-Grass from the Nashwood Hollyville Strings, John Hartford recorded a version.
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