Hot Trax | Hoochie Coochie Man

10 12 2008


In the film, “Cadillac Records,” Jeffrey Wright plays the mighty Muddy Waters one of the giants of the Blues. While Wright gave a fine performance, ain’t nothing like the real thing as Waters performs one of his signature songs, “Hoochie Coochie Man” at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960.

We would like to apologize in advance for the clip cutting off prematurely, but this is just a tiny sample of what made blues legend McKinley Morganfield aka Waters so effective. As songwriter Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer) says in “Cadillac Records,” he wrote the song for Waters who initially didn’t get it, but grew into the persona that the song represented; truly a powerful thing for a Black man in the 1950s.

Waters, who was inducted into the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, was generally considered “the Father of Chicago blues.” Considered one of the greatest bluesmen of all time, Waters was a huge inspiration for the British beat explosion in the 1960s and considered by many to be one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

In 2004 Waters was ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

His influence is tremendous, over a variety of music genres: blues, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, jazz, and country. Waters also helped Chuck Berry get his first record contract and inspired rock icons The Rolling Stones who named themselves after Waters’ 1950 song “Rollin’ Stone”, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin. His songs have been featured in long-time fan Martin Scorsese’s movies, including “The Color of Money,” “Casino” and “Goodfellas.” Waters’ 1970s recording of his mid-’50s hit “Mannish Boy” (a.k.a. “I’m A Man”) was used in the hit film “Risky Business.”

Below are the lyrics to one of Dixon’s most famous compositions from the Hoochie Coochie Man, Waters himself.

The gypsy woman told my mother
Before I was born
I got a boy child’s comin’
He’s gonna be a son of a gun
He gonna make pretty women’s
Jump and shout
Then the world wanna know
What this all about
But you know I’m him
Everybody knows I’m him
Well you know I’m the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I’m him

I got a black cat bone
I got a mojo too
I got the Johnny Conquer Root
I’m gonna mess with you
I’m gonna make you girls
Lead me by my hand
Then the world will know
The hoochie coochie man
But you know I’m him
Everybody knows I’m him
Oh you know I’m the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I’m him

On the seventh hours
On the seventh day
On the seventh month
The seven doctors say
He was born for good luck
And that you’ll see
I got seven hundred dollars
Don’t you mess with me
But you know I’m him
Everybody knows I’m him
Well you know I’m the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I’m him

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