Watch the World Sitting online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from 30 Authentic Blues Grooves You MUST Know
"Sitting on Top of the World" is a folk-blues song written by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon of the Mississippi Sheiks, a popular country blues band of the 1930's. The melody and progression has been borrowed and renamed or just plain old been redone by many people including Charley Patton, Tampa Red, Cream, and Howlin' Wolf. We are looking at the Howlin' Wolf take on this classic to keep things a bit more traditional (be sure to check out Cream's version!) The tune is strangely a 9 bar progression and not a traditional blues at all but it is a must know. I really like these changes a lot and they are fun to solo over as well. A tune like this is great in a night of blues as it first right in but it is not a classic 12 bar blues. It really stands out in a set.