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Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man – 1954

About The Song

“Hoochie Coochie Man” is a classic blues song by Muddy Waters, released in 1954. With its hypnotic rhythm, gritty vocals, and iconic lyrics, the song is a cornerstone of Chicago blues. Muddy Waters’ powerful performance and the enduring appeal of “Hoochie Coochie Man” have solidified its status as a blues standard.

5 Facts about Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954):

  1. Chess Records Recording: “Hoochie Coochie Man” was recorded at Chess Records in Chicago, a label renowned for its contributions to blues and rock and roll. The session featured Muddy Waters on vocals and guitar, Little Walter on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, and Willie Dixon on bass.
  2. Signature Blues Lyrics: The song’s lyrics, written by Willie Dixon, feature classic blues imagery and themes. The term “hoochie coochie” itself is rooted in African-American folklore and refers to a mystical and alluring dance. The lyrics portray the narrator as a powerful figure with supernatural abilities.
  3. Chart Success: “Hoochie Coochie Man” became one of Muddy Waters’ most successful songs. It reached No. 8 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1954. The song’s popularity contributed to Muddy Waters’ rise to prominence and established him as a key figure in the blues genre.
  4. Cultural Impact: “Hoochie Coochie Man” has had a lasting impact on popular culture. The song has been covered by numerous artists across various genres, including rock and blues musicians. Its distinctive lyrics and melody have been referenced in films, television shows, and commercials, further solidifying its place in the musical landscape.
  5. Legacy and Recognition: “Hoochie Coochie Man” is considered one of the defining songs in Muddy Waters’ discography. It has been recognized by the Grammy Hall of Fame, emphasizing its cultural and historical significance in the evolution of blues music. The song’s legacy extends beyond its initial release, influencing generations of blues and rock musicians.



Gypsy woman told my mother
Before I was born
You got a boy child’s comin’
He’s gonna be a son of a gun
He gonna make pretty womens
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 Concheroo
I’m gonna mess with you
I’m gonna make you girls
Lead me by my hand
Then the world will know
That I’m the hoochie coochie man

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 hour
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
The whole wide world knows him