SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Created on 02/02/2002
Latest update on 03/08/2021

Artist: Mississippi Sheiks
Author: Walter Vinson
Label: Okeh
Year: 1930

Most popular Delta string band of the early thirties. Consisted of the entire Chatmon family (Sam, Bo, Lonnie, Edgar, Willie, Lamar, Laurie, Harry, Charlie) and their adopted brother Walter Jacobs (not to be confused with Little Walter). Their name came from the hit The Sheik (see there). Melody for the most part borrowed from Tampa Red's instrumental You Got To Reap What You Saw (1929), which he cut two years later in a vocal version as Things 'Bout Coming My Way.

Covers:

1930:

Beale Street Rounders

1930:

Memphis Minnie [melody in You Dirty Mistreater]

1930:

Clarence Williams' Jug Band [with Lonnie Johnson; jazz version]

1930:

Charley Patton [as Some Summer Day with Willie Brown]

1931:

Sam Collins [as I'm Still Sitting On Top Of The World]

1931:

Tampa Red [as Things 'Bout Coming My Way]

1932:

Big Bill Broonzy [melody in Worrying You Off My Mind and three years later as The Sun Gonna Shine On My Backdoor Someday]

1934:

Milton Brown [western swing version]

1934:

Jimmy Oden [as Six Feet In The Ground]

1935:

Bob Wills

1935:

Kokomo Arnold [as Things 'Bout Coming My Way]

1935:

Shelton Brothers [as I'm Sitting On Top Of The World]

1936:

Robert Johnson [as Come On In My Kitchen]

1937:

Blind Boy Fuller [with Sonny Terry as Mistreater You're Gonna Be Sorry]

1950:

Ray Charles Trio

1957:

Howlin' Wolf

1957:

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee [as No Need Of Running]

1958:

Carl Perkins

1962:

Victoria Spivey [with Big Joe Williams & Bob Dylan]

1964:

Doc Watson

1967:

Grateful Dead

1967:

Bob Dylan [as Pledging My Time]

1968:

Cream

1969:

Jerry Reed

1972:

Johnny Shines

1973:

Steve Miller Band [as Come On In My Kitchen]

1973:

Don McLean

1974:

Vassar Clements

1975:

Liberty

1977:

John Nicholas

1980:

Dizzy Gillespie

1981:

Totta's Bluesband

1984:

Chris Smither

1988:

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

1989:

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

1989:

Hubert Sumlin

1991:

Allman Brothers Band [as Come On In My Kitchen]

1992:

Bob Dylan [just as Sitting On Top Of The World]

1992:

Pat Travers

1993:

Taj Mahal

1994:

Keb' Mo' [as Come On In My Kitchen]

1994:

Hans Theessink

1994:

Jack Bruce

1994:

Blackfoot

1994:

Greg Kihn

1995:

Blues Band

1995:

Howard Armstrong

1996:

Carl Perkins & Van Morrison

1996:

Alvin Youngblood Hart [as Things About Coming My Way]

1997:

Asylum Street Spankers

1998:

LeAnn Rimes

1998:

Chris Thomas King [as Come On In My Kitchen]

2000:

Otha Turner & The Afrosippi Allstars [as Station Blues]

2000:

Josh White Jr. [as Come On In My Kitchen]

2000:

North Mississippi All Stars

2001:

Gare du Nord [lounge hit as Pablo's Blues with lines from Come On In My Kitchen]

2002:

Bill Frisell

2003:

Ana Popovic

2003:

Chris Farlowe [with Van Morrison]

2003:

Corey Harris [with Otha Turner's Rising Star Fife & Drum Band conducted by his granddaughter Shardé]

2003:

Jack White

2004:

Harry Manx

2004:

Eric Clapton [as Come On In My Kitchen]

2004:

James Blood Ulmer [in film Lightning In A Bottle]

2006:

Rory Block [idem]

2006:

Bo Ramsey

2008:

Jeff Healey

2008:

B.B. King

2009:

Carolina Chocolate Drops

2009:

Ndidi Onukwulu [as Things About Comin' My Way on eponymous Mississippi Sheiks tribute cd]

2010:

Robert Cray

2012:

Wandering

2014:

Leon Russell [as Come On In My Kitchen]

2018:

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

2021:

Flatlanders

2021:

Blues Traveler [with Warren Haynes]

Walter Vinson wrote it in the wake of a well payed white gig in Greenwood, MS. The first time they played it was for a black audience in Itta Bena, MS. Vinson knew right away he had a hit on hand when he collected the money: $19 was a huge amount, higher than the white wage the day before.

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