Monthly Archives: May 2016
Two Louisiana rock legends for the price of one in this 1957 gem. Dale Hawkins (Gold Mine, LA) and James Burton (Dubberly, LA) on lead guitar. Suzie-Q was covered by The Rolling Stones with a 1:49 version in 1964 and and most famously by Creedence Clearwater Revival with an 8 minute version four years later. Dale’s cousin Ronnie Hawkins led the Hawks (later The Band), while Burton went on to tasty fretwork behind Ricky Nelson and Elvis turning ears on both sides of the Atlantic and making the Rock Hall of Fame in 2001.
In answer to Sir Mick’s 1964 question below…a good reason to listen to a cover of Slim Harpo is The Rolling Stones’ knack for interpreting blues tracks.
“Shake Your Hips” by Lobdell, Louisiana’s Slim Harpo (né James Moore) for Excello Records in 1966 was covered by The Rolling Stones on Exile on Main Street as “Hip Shake.” The groove later resurfaced on ZZ Top’s hit “La Grange.” Said Mick Jagger of the Stones when they were covering Slim in 1964: “What’s the point in listening to us doing ‘I’m a King Bee’ when you can hear Slim Harpo do it ?”
To commemorate a new DVD release of Dr. John and the late great Johnny Winter, Live in Sweden 1987, here is an earlier clip of their combo, grooving Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time”
“Down in New Orleans, Where the Blues Was Born…” a high school aged Art Neville singing Mardi Gras Mambo in 1954 with the Hawketts.