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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Spoonful of Cocaine?

"Spoonful" is a blues standard written by Willie Dixon and first recorded in 1960 by Howlin' Wolf.[1] It is loosely based on "A Spoonful Blues", a song recorded in 1929 by Charley Patton (Paramount 12869),[2] itself related to "All I Want Is A Spoonful," a 1925 recording byPapa Charlie Jackson, and Luke Jordan's Cocaine Blues (1927). "Spoonful" has a one-chord, modal blues structure found in other songs Dixon wrote for Wolf, such as "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Back Door Man" as well as in Wolf's own "Smokestack Lightning". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed it as one of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll".[3] "Spoonful" is also ranked #219 on Rolling Stonemagazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[4] In 2010, Howlin' Wolf's "Spoonful" was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame "Classics of Blues Recordings" category.[5]