Contents 1 Earlier songs 2 B.B. King song 3 Recordings by other artists 4 A woman's song 5 References

Earlier songs[edit] B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby" is based on "Rockin' and Rollin'", a song recorded by Lil' Son Jackson in 1950. [3][1] King's lyrics are nearly identical to Jackson's, although instrumentally the songs are different. "Rockin' and Rollin'" is a solo piece, with Jackson's vocal and guitar accompaniment, whereas "Rock Me Baby" is an ensemble piece. Muddy Waters' song "Rock Me", recorded in 1956,[4] is also based on Jackson's song. Some of Jackson's lyrics were used, but Waters incorporated a couple of verses from his 1951 song "All Night Long" (which is also based on "Rockin' and Rollin'").[5] Muddy Waters' version also uses Jackson's guitar figure and the starting of the vocal on the IV chord and he interpreted it as an unusual fifteen-bar blues (an uneven number of measures, rather than the traditional twelve bars or somewhat less common eight or sixteen bars). Muddy Waters recorded a second version of "Rock Me" for his 1978 album I'm Ready. Lil' Son Jackson's "Rockin' and Rollin'" was inspired by earlier blues songs.[2] Many songs from the 1920s through the 1940s have some combination of rock, roll, baby, and mama in the title or lyrics, although instrumentally they are different than "Rock Me Baby", "Rock Me", or "Rockin' and Rollin'". Big Bill Broonzy's 1940 song "Rockin' Chair Blues" makes frequent use of the phrase "rock me baby" as in "Rock me baby now, rock me slow ... now rock me baby, one time before you go".[6] Arthur Crudup's 1944 song, "Rock Me Mama", is based on Broonzy's song[7] and repeats the same refrain, but uses "mama" in place of "baby".[8] Curtis Jones' 1939 song "Roll Me Mama" shares a couple of phrases ("like a wagon wheel", "ain't got no bone") with "Rockin' and Rollin'".[9]

B.B. King song[edit] "Rock Me Baby" is a medium-tempo twelve-bar blues notated in the key of C in common or 4/4 time.[10] In addition to King's vocal and guitar, the song features a "tight, punchy arrangement underpinned by a pianist whose identity is in some doubt".[1] Kent part-owner Joe Bihari recalled the pianist as King's frequent collaborator Maxwell Davis, although others have been suggested, such as Lloyd Glenn and Jimmy McCracklin.[1] The arrangement "provides a blues structure that allows King room for biting guitar work"[11] and appealed to many guitarists. There is some confusion as to when B.B. King recorded "Rock Me Baby". Although King had signed to ABC-Paramount Records in January 14, 1962, his former label, Kent Records, continued to release singles (and albums) well into the 1970s from "many unreleased King masters ... thus forcing King to compete with himself".[11] Recording dates have been estimated as "about 1958"[11] to before 1962.[1] The song was released shortly after King's Paramount release "How Blue Can You Get" in 1964 and reached number 34 in the Billboard Hot 100.[12][13] "Rock Me Baby" was the first of six B.B. King records to reach the pop Top 40. In 1997, King re-recorded the song with Eric Clapton for the album Deuces Wild.

Recordings by other artists[edit] Over the years, many blues and other artists have interpreted and recorded "Rock Me Baby".[14] Although "most contemporary versions are based on Lil' Son Jackson's 1951 record, 'Rockin' and Rollin'", "B.B. King and Muddy Waters can share credit for making it one of the most familiar blues songs of all time."[1] Some studio versions include Otis Redding from Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965), the Animals from Animalism (1966), Jeff Beck as "Rock My Plimsoul" from the Truth album with slightly altered lyrics (1968), Slim Harpo in his Tip On In album (1968, also with altered lyrics), Blue Cheer from Vincebus Eruptum (1968), Lightnin' Hopkins from Lightnin', Vol. 1 (1969), Ike & Tina Turner from Outta Season (1969), Lee Michaels from 5th (1973),[15] Robin Trower from Twice Removed from Yesterday (1973), Johnny Winter from Still Alive and Well (1973), Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush from What's Next (1980), Hot Tuna from Historic Hot Tuna (1985), Tina Turner from What's Love Got to Do With It (1993), Pappo from Buscando un Amor (2003), and Steve Miller Band from Bingo! (2010). Live versions include those by Jimi Hendrix from Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (1967, released 1970), Jefferson Airplane from Bless Its Pointed Little Head (1968), the Doors from Live in Detroit as part of medley with "Heartbreak Hotel" (1970), Deep Purple from Made in Europe as part of medley with "Mistreated" (1976), Eddy Clearwater from Black Night (1979), and the Rolling Stones from Live Licks (2003).

A woman's song[edit] This section possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. (October 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) The words "rock", "roll" (and "rock and roll") are euphemisms for sex. The lyrics "rock me baby until my face turns cherry red" and "roll me baby like my back aint got no bone" make it clear that this song is a woman's exhortation for sex. Just as "The House of the Rising Sun" (a prostitute's lament) has often been sung by a male voice,[16] it is curious that "Rock Me Baby" (also a woman's song) has been covered more often by men than by women. However, the song was covered in 1971 by Jo Ann Kelly, with backing from TS McPhee.

References[edit] ^ a b c d e f Broven, John; Gibbon, Peter (2002). B.B. King: The Vintage Years (Box set booklet). B.B. King. Ace Records. p. 44. ABOXCD 8.  ^ a b Herzhaft, Gerard (1992). "Rock Me Baby". Encyclopedia of the Blues. University of Arkansas Press. pp. 467–468. ISBN 1-55728-252-8.  ^ Imperial Records 5113. ^ Chess Records 1652. ^ Chess Records 1509. ^ OKeh Records 6116. ^ Birnbaum, Larry (2012). Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll. Scarecrow Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-8108-8629-2.  ^ Bluebird Records 34-0725. ^ Vocalion Records 4693. ^ Hal Leonard (1995). "Rock Me Baby". The Blues. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard. p. 174. ISBN 0-79355-259-1.  ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William. "B.B. King: Rock Me Baby – Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 31, 2013.  ^ Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. p. 239. ISBN 0-89820-068-7.  ^ The Billboard R&B chart was suspended from November 1963 to January 1965, so there is no corresponding R&B chart position for "Rock Me Baby" or other songs released during this period. ^ "Rock Me Baby – Song Search Results". AllMusic. Retrieved July 31, 2013.  ^ 5th (Album notes). Lee Michaels. A&M Records. 1971. Back cover. OCLC 6328930. SP 4302 – via Discogs.  ^ "it's been the ruin of many a poor boy"! v t e Muddy Waters Studio albums 1964 Folk Singer 1967 Super Blues 1968 Electric Mud 1969 After the Rain Fathers and Sons 1972 The London Muddy Waters Sessions 1977 Hard Again 1978 I'm Ready 1981 King Bee Live albums 1960 At Newport 1960 1969 Fathers and Sons 1979 Muddy "Mississippi" Waters – Live 2012 Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981 Compilations 1958 The Best of Muddy Waters 1967 The Real Folk Blues 1969 Sail On 2000 Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection 2001 The Anthology (1947–1972) Noted singles 1950 "Rollin' and Tumblin'" "Rollin' Stone" "Walkin' Blues" 1951 "Long Distance Call" 1953 "Baby Please Don't Go" 1954 "Hoochie Coochie Man" "I Just Want to Make Love to You" "I'm Ready" 1955 "Mannish Boy" 1956 "Trouble No More" "Forty Days and Forty Nights" "Rock Me" "Got My Mojo Working" 1962 "You Shook Me" Related articles Discography Chicago blues Delta blues Willie Dixon Little Walter Jimmy Rogers Otis Spann Chess Records v t e B.B. King Studio albums 1956: Singin' the Blues 1960: My Kind of Blues 1968: Lucille 1969: Completely Well 1970: Indianola Mississippi Seeds 1971: B.B. King in London 1972: L.A. Midnight Guess Who 1973: To Know You Is to Love You 1975: Lucille Talks Back 1977: King Size 1978: Midnight Believer 1979: Take It Home 1981: There Must Be a Better World Somewhere 1983: Blues 'N' Jazz 1985: Six Silver Strings 1991: There Is Always One More Time 1993: Blues Summit 1997: Deuces Wild 1998: Blues on the Bayou 1999: Let the Good Times Roll 2000: Riding with the King Makin' Love Is Good for You 2003: Reflections 2005: B.B. King & Friends: 80 2008: One Kind Favor Live albums 1965: Live at the Regal 1969: Live & Well 1971: Live in Cook County Jail 1974: Together for the First Time... Live 1976: Bobby Bland and B. B. King Together Again...Live 1980: Now Appearing at Ole Miss 1991: Live at the Apollo Live at San Quentin 1999: Live in Japan Notable compilations 1983: Why I Sing the Blues 1992: King of the Blues 1995: Lucille & Friends 1999: His Definitive Greatest Hits 2005: The Ultimate Collection 2007: The Best of the Early Years 2012: Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. B.B. King Singles 1951: "3 O'Clock Blues" 1952: "Shake It Up and Go" 1955: "Every Day I Have the Blues" 1956: "Sweet Little Angel" 1959: "Sugar Mama" 1961: "Someday Baby" 1962: "Goin' Down Slow" 1963: "Trouble in Mind" 1964: "How Blue Can You Get" "Rock Me Baby" "Please Send Me Someone to Love" 1965: "Blue Shadows" 1966: "Eyesight to the Blind" "Just Like a Woman" "Five Long Years" "Ain't Nobody's Business" 1970: "The Thrill Is Gone" "Worried Life" 1976: "Let the Good Times Roll" 1985: "Big Boss Man" 1988: "When Love Comes to Town" 1992: "Since I Met You Baby" Other songs 1961: "Driving Wheel 1974: "Black Night" 1977: "Don't You Lie to Me" 1985: "In the Midnight Hour" 1995: "You Shook Me" 1998: "Mean Ole' World" 1999: "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" "Buzz Me" "Jack, You're Dead" "Saturday Night Fish Fry" "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" "Early in the Mornin'" 2000: "Hold On, I'm Comin'" "Come Rain or Come Shine" "Since I Fell for You" 2005: "Need Your Love So Bad" "Early in the Morning" 2008: "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" "Sitting on Top of the World" Related articles Discography B.B. 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