Bar Room Blues: “Hoochie Coochie Man”

Bar Room Blues: “Hoochie Coochie Man”

Bar Room Blues is an exclusive series of video guitar lessons by Steve “Red” Lasner covering classic blues songs from historically great guitarists like B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, and many others. A new lesson will be released each week, so be sure to subscribe and check back often! Also, if you want more guitar lessons like these, be sure to check out Red’s Guitar Sherpa class.

Hoochie Coochie Man” (sometimes referred to as “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man”) is a blues standard written by Willie Dixon and first performed by Muddy Waters in 1954. The song was a major hit upon its release, reaching #8 on Billboard magazine’s Black Singles chart. The intro and verse to Muddy Water’s version feature stop-time while the chorus features a refrain. According to an account by Dave Van Ronk, Muddy Waters stated that the song is supposed to have a comic effect.

The song was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984. The song was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998. The song is a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll list. The song was featured on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, where it was voted number 225 by representatives of the music industry and press.

The Hoochie Coochie was a sexually provocative dance that became wildly popular during and after the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Since the dance was performed by women, a “Hoochie Coochie Man” either watched them or ran the show. Alternatively, from the directly sexual meaning of hoochie coochie, he greatly enjoyed sexual intercourse.

In this video guitar lesson, I show you how to play this classic song on guitar in your own style. Check it out:

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Bar Room Blues is an exclusive series of video guitar lessons by Steve “Red” Lasner covering classic blues songs from historically great guitarists like B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, and many others. A new lesson will be released each week, so be sure to subscribe and check back often! Also, if you want more guitar lessons like these, be sure to check out Red’s Guitar Sherpa class.