HONEYDRIPPER, THE

Latest update on 09/09/2012

Artist: Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers
Author: Joe Liggins
Label: Bronze
Year: 1945

First big hit for a rhythm 'n blues combo. With Red Callender on bass. On the label of Joe's discoverer Leroy Hurtz (see also: I Wonder). Remake first for Exclusive, later for Specialty (in 1950). Bass part inspired by folksong Shortnin' Bread (see there). Honeydripper was the nickname of singer piano player Roosevelt Sykes, who cut a (different) Honeydripper in 1936, covered by Kokomo Arnold. As Edith North Johnson's piano player in '29, Roosevelt cut yet another Honey Dripper Blues. Honeydripper is slang for hyperpotency. See also: I Ain't Drunk.

Covers:

1945:

Jimmie Lunceford

1945:

Roosevelt Sykes [cover of this Honeydripper; his own 1936 recording is a different song (see note)]

1946:

Cab Calloway

1953:

Oscar McLollie & The Honeyjumps [as The Honey Jump; another Leon René production]

1953:

Jimmy Liggins [as Drunk]

1954:

Louis Jordan [as The Dripper]

1955:

Rusty Bryant

1959:

King Curtis

1972:

Buddy Guy

1973:

Count Basie [vocal by Joe Turner]

1981:

Dr. John

1989:

Amos Garrett-Doug Sahm-Gene Taylor [as Drunk]

1994:

Buster Poindexter [idem]

1996:

Charles Brown

1996:

Slo-Leak [idem]

1997:

Bobby Radcliff

1997:

Big Al Blake & The Hollywood Fats Band

Exclusive was the label owned by New Orleans bandleader & entrepreneur Leon René, author of a few R&B standards as Crawfishin' and Route 90 for Clarence Garlow (see there and see also: When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano).

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