She’s got that Go-Go Power: Happy birthday, Sugar Pie Desanto.

These first two clips feature Hubert Sumlin, famous for his work with Howlin’ Wolf and one of my Top Ten guitarists ever, absolutely killing it, PLUS Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim and Clifton James! What a band!

A monster dancer, where Sugar Pie shares vocals with Etta James…

She’s gonna be a party poppin’, show stoppin’, wig floppin’ witch for a night!

Still looking and sounding fantastic into the 21st Century…

Watch her get down!

Not sure what the status is on this documentary, but I’m damn glad to see Sugar Pie get the love she deserves.


Happy birthday to the Hoochie Coochie Man, Willie Dixon

Check out the tunes attributed to Willie Dixon that are now accepted standards of the Blues and Rock and Roll. Hoochie Coochie Man, Got My Mojo Workin’, My Babe, Spoonful AND Little Red Rooster (both of which are essential tracks in Howlin’ Wolf’s discography, as well), You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover, I Just Want To Make Love To You, Bring It On Home, Wang Dang Doodle. An inescapably massive influence.

A Willie penned tune, on which he plays bass here. Covered by everybody, everywhere

Let Etta James Rock The House on her birthday

Few people can belt it out like Miss Peaches. Here’s a few from her 1966 appearance on The !!!! Beat

and her smokin’ intro to What’d I Say featuring Esther Phillips, Lattimore Brown and Roscoe Shelton

Etta turns in another amazing performance in 1975, adding some serious length to these tunes and owns the crowd the whole while

I’m not usually one to go for a housey remix but I gotta give it up for this one. Soulful house, tastefully done, IMHO.

Years ago, I read her autobiography and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The stories fly fast and furious and she pulls no punches. One that has stuck with me was when she was strung out in Alaska on the run from the law. R&B Queen Etta James in the great wwhite north with no smack to be had. Now that’s a story that should be turned into a movie, in and of itself/