Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Seventh Son

First recorded by Willie Mabon (1955).
Hit versions by Johnny Rivers (US #7/CAN #1 1965), Georgie Fame (UK #25 1969).
Also recorded by Mose Allison (1959), Willie Dixon, writer (1969).

From the wiki: “‘The Seventh Son’, also recorded as ‘Seventh Son’, was written by Willie Dixon and first released as a single by Willie Mabon on Chess Records in 1955 (with Dixon on bass). Dixon recalled (via, ‘The seventh son is part of the scriptures of the Bible. ‘The seventh son of the seventh son born on the seventh hour of the seventh day of the seventh month.’ I was born in the seventh month and I was the seventh child of my family.’ In the same interview, Mose Allison, who covered the song in 1959, remembered, ‘I thought that was a great song of that type. One of the common things is to feel that you are supernatural sometimes. And most people have felt that at one time or another.’

“Johnny Rivers’ version of ‘Seventh Son’ was recorded live at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, California, for his 1965 album Meanwhile Back at the Whisky à Go Go and was subsequently released it as a single. Georgie Fame recorded a version in the UK in 1969 that went Top 30.

“The song’s writer, Willie Dixon, covered his own work with a 1969 arrangement for his album I Am the Blues, which also contained such Dixon-composed blues as ‘Spoonful’, ‘(I’m Your) Hoochie-Coochie Man’, and ‘The Little Red Rooster’.”

Mose Allison, “Seventh Son” (1958):

Johnny Rivers, “Seventh Son” (1965):

Georgie Fame, “Seventh Son” TV performance (1969):

Willie Dixon, author “Seventh Son” (1970):

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