Sunday, 17 February 2019

Junior Wells - Messin' With The Kid

Sunday, time for a classic.

"Messin' with the Kid" is a rhythm and blues-influenced blues song originally recorded by Junior Wells in 1960. Chief Records owner/songwriter/producer Mel London is credited as the songwriter. Considered a blues standard, it is Junior Wells's best-known song. "Messin' with the Kid" was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and has been recorded by a variety of blues and other artists. He was one bad dude, strutting across the stage like a harp-toting gangster, mesmerizing the crowd with his tough-guy antics and rib-sticking Chicago blues attack.

"Messin' with the Kid" has been recorded by various artists, including the Downchild Blues Band on their 1971 debut "Bootleg", Rory Gallagher from Live in Europe (1972), Todd Rundgren (with Woody's Truck Stop) from Something/Anything (1972), Johnny Winter from White, Hot and Blue (1978), the Blues Brothers on their first album Briefcase Full of Blues (1978), Luther Allison from South Side Safari (1983), AC/DC during the rehearsals for the Flick of the Switch/Monsters of Rock Tour (1983), and Freddie King on Texas Flyer: 1974–1976 (2010).

Junior Wells (born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr., December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998) was an American Chicago blues vocalist, harmonica player, and recording artist. He was one of the pioneers of the amplified blues harp-style associated with Chicago. Wells is best known for his signature song "Messin' with the Kid" and his 1965 album Hoodoo Man Blues, described by the critic Bill Dahl as "one of the truly classic blues albums of the 1960s". 

Wells performed and recorded with Various notable blues musicians, including Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, and Buddy Guy. He remained a fixture on the blues scene throughout his career and also crossed over to rock audiences while touring with the Rolling Stones. Not long before Wells died, the blues historian Gerard Herzhaft called him "one of the rare active survivors of the 'golden age of the blues'".

Today's tune "Messin' With The Kid" is from the Montreux 1974 from the dvd "Muddy Waters - Messin' with the blues"

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