Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My Baby, She's Got It - Slim Harpo & Betty Page

Published on Jan 3, 2013
Slim Harpo (January 11, 1924 -- January 31, 1970) was an American blues musician. He was known as a master of the blues harmonica; the name "Slim Harpo" was derived from "harp," the popular nickname for the harmonica in blues circles. Born James Moore in Lobdell, Louisiana, United States, the eldest in an orphaned family, he worked as a longshoreman and building worker during the late 1930s and early 1940s. He began performing in Baton Rouge bars under the name Harmonica Slim and later accompanied his brother-in-law, Lightnin' Slim, both live and in the studio. Named Slim Harpo by producer J.D. "Jay" Miller, he started his own recording career in 1957. His solo debut was the Grammy Hall of Fame single "I'm a King Bee" backed with "I Got Love If You Want It." Harpo recorded under A&R man J.D. "Jay" Miller, in Crowley, Louisiana for Excello Records based in Nashville, Tennessee, and enjoyed a string of popular R&B singles, including Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee "Rainin' In My Heart" (1961) and the number one Billboard R&B hit "Baby Scratch My Back" (1966). On these recordings he was accompanied by the regular stable of Excello musicians, including Lazy Lester. British rock bands like The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things, The Yardbirds, Pink Floyd and Them featured versions of his songs in their early repertoires. Later, the riff from Harpo's 1966 hit "Shake Your Hips", which itself was derivative of Bo Diddley's "Bring It to Jerome", was used in the ZZ Top hit "La Grange" and the Rolling Stones covered the song on their 1972 album Exile On Main Street. Harpo's recordings were also widely covered in modern African-American circles, including by the late Gil Scott-Heron, on his final album. Scott-Heron covered "I'll Take Care of You," on his record "I'm New Here."" The song is also featured on the remix album featuring Jamie XX called "We're New Here." Other notable covers of Slim Harpo songs include "I Got Love If You Want It," by The Kinks, "I'm the Face" by The Who (under the name The High Numbers), "I'm A King Bee," by The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and The Doors, and "Don't Start Crying Now," by Them, with Van Morrison. The new Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey commercial features Slim Harpo's song "I'm a King Bee" covered by San Francisco blues band The Stone Foxes. Wikipedia

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