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Single : My Babe – Little Walter

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CB couldn’t resist this one. Got this one out of the treasure chest  A Willie Dixon tune that Little Walter makes his.

Simple infectious beat under Little Walter’s singing and harp.  Love the harp on this one.  Plus the vocal delivery and the lyrics.  Keep it simple and it works.  Love this bare bones music. This is just a very cool tune.

This song sounds so refreshing.  Have a listen and see if it grabs you.  I can’t get enough of this song and Little Walter.  It’s timeless. You’ll be tappin your toe and snappin your fingers to this one.  So many of these great songs kickn’ around.

‘When she’s hot there ain’t no coolin’….My babe..”

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23 comments on “Single : My Babe – Little Walter

  1. hotfox63
    October 29, 2017

    It’s an old blues and R&B tradition to rework gospel tunes by replacing „sacred“ lyrics“ with „profane“ ones. „My Baby“ was Little Walter’s and Willie Dixon’s first R&B hit. If you play that song on the guitar: the third and fourth bars of the verse accompainment feature a lick used in many blues and R&B tunes. It’s somestimes called the „High-Heel Sneakers“ lick.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 29, 2017

      Great info. I knew a lot of these blues tunes came from old gospels songs. As far as “if I play it on the guitar”, CB is no musician but my ear and soul love this stuff

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      • hotfox63
        October 30, 2017

        There is another version of Dr. Feelgood, which comes a little louder and faster:

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 1, 2017

        I like that. Similar to Ten Years After’s ‘Going Home’. same vibe.

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      • hotfox63
        November 2, 2017

        Basically, Little Walter’s “My Babe” is of course a blues / boogie, but already has a rock’n’roll character. That would go without mouthharp. Important here is the main riff and the bassline. Here’s another version for you:

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 2, 2017

        I absolutely dig this version and had no idea it was the same tune. That early Thunderbird stuff is great and they always tipped their hats to the pioneers. Thanks for the connection Fox

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  2. 1537
    October 30, 2017

    A real stinger this one, one of my parents’ favourites – him and Jimmy Reed. I love ‘Key to the Highway’ too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 30, 2017

      My dad really helped shape my tastes. More the jazz side. Having read your takes I know that your parents have really good ears.

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  3. christiansmusicmusings
    October 30, 2017

    Great tune!

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  4. Jim S.
    November 1, 2017

    Great stuff. Little Walter could blow.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. catchgroove
    November 2, 2017

    I had the good fortune of meeting Willie Dixon. He was playing in a dumpy St Paul MN blues club. Between sets I snuck into his dressing room to get an autograph on a record. He was old and out of breath and said “let me catch my breath son.” After a few minutes he obliged and signed the album. I proudly have that album on display in my listening room. One of my most prized possessions. But the memory of meeting the great man is even better and still vivid 35 years after the fact.

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  6. dcw0731
    November 7, 2017

    Great tune CB. Had me tapping my toes

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  7. Thom Hickey
    November 10, 2017

    Big Jukebox favourite! Thanks CB. Regards Thom.

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