Slim Harpo: “Baby Scratch My Back” and “I’m a King Bee”

Slim Harpo’s real name was James Isaac Moore. He was born in Lobdell, Louisiana and lived from 1924 to 1970. Here is more:

In the large stable of blues talent that Crowley, LA, producer Jay Miller recorded for the Nashville-based Excello label, no one enjoyed more mainstream success than Slim Harpo. Just a shade behind Lightnin’ Slim in local popularity, Harpo played both guitar and neck-rack harmonica in a more down-home approximation of Jimmy Reed, with a few discernible, and distinctive, differences. Harpo’s music was certainly more laid-back than Reed’s, if such a notion was possible. But the rhythm was insistent and, overall, Harpo was more adaptable than Reed or most other bluesmen. His material not only made the national charts, but also proved to be quite adaptable for white artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Kinks, Dave Edmunds with Love Sculpture, Van Morrison with Them, Sun rockabilly singer Warren Smith, Hank Williams, Jr., and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. (Continue Reading…)

His lyrics are very suggestive, but sound almost quaint today. I’ll post on Jimmy Reed next week.

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