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11/5/10 – The “Seventh Son” Cat Fight!

Posted: November 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: R&B, Rock n' Roll | Tags: , , , , | 11 Comments »

Friday Night Cat Fight Podcast

“Seventh Son”

This week, The Friday Night Cat Fight looks at a classic blues tune that never became a hit UNTIL Johnny Rivers covered it in 1965 and gave it his “Whiskey Au Go Go” treatment.  The song was written by Willie Dixon and originally recorded by Willie Mabon for Chess in 1955.

Listen to all three versions of “Seventh Song” and then decide which one you dig the most and then vote for your favorite.

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11 Comments on “11/5/10 – The “Seventh Son” Cat Fight!”

  1. 1 Prowlin' With Matt The Cat » Blog Archive » Cat Fight Podcast on “Seventh Son” said at 1:59 pm on November 5th, 2010:

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  2. 2 Stickball Eddie said at 5:18 pm on November 5th, 2010:

    Johnny Rivers brings life to the song for me. He sounds like a man who has six brothers. Great song. Thanks Matt

  3. 3 Yum Yum said at 7:30 pm on November 5th, 2010:

    Long Distance Information Give Me Johnny Old Rivers ! Welcome Back Matt To Friday It’s Just Not The Day Without You And The Newsletter And The Friday Night Cat Fight !! You Rule !! See You On Facebook !! Still Yum Yum After All These Years !!

  4. 4 timevac3 said at 11:37 pm on November 5th, 2010:

    I have to give this one to Johnny Rivers. I believe that’s the Wrecking Crew behind Johnny if I’m not mistaken.
    Also have to mention Willie Dixon who did more for blues rock than he ever got credit for.

  5. 5 Virginia said at 2:40 pm on November 7th, 2010:

    Willie Mabon for me please, however all four variations were really good listening. Thank you again Matt for sharing your expertise with us. Haven’t you got a birthday coming up real soon?

  6. 6 The Shadow said at 9:49 pm on November 9th, 2010:

    Yo Furry leader. it’s great to have ya back on Firday night for the cat fights. I was going into withdrawl, and to fend it off, I was bringing up past cat fights, just to get my fix.
    As far as this week’s cat fight is concerned, I couldn’t vote for Johnny Rivers. I’m so burned out on that one, and it’s a good time and eight oldie. Though I like some Jazz, Mose allison was just too weird. Thus I had to go with Willie Mabon. His version seemed to have the feel that Willie Dixon had in mind. when he wrote the tune. Besides, I’m a fan of original versions, as a rule.
    Great havin ya back, and keep the Cat fights comin, whenever you get the time, and definitely keep those JITB’s comin I LOVE EM. Thanks for all you do for us. We appreciate it very much. KEEP ON PROWLIN!!!!

  7. 7 Bruce said at 12:05 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Have to go with Johnny Rivers on this one. I’ve always loved the “Ray Charles live in the studio” feeling he brings to the song. Willie Mabon’ version is also great, but just lacks the drive that Johnny (and the Wrecking Crew) bring to the song.

  8. 8 Sierra said at 11:20 am on November 12th, 2010:

    Just getting under the wire here with my comment, if there is a cat fight this week. JR for me; the only one I was familiar with, but always interested to hear what else is out there. I do remember, MTC, when your birthday is; hope it’s a good one. Can you share with us what you and CCK do to celebrate? (ha, I remember your age too.)

  9. 9 David said at 4:24 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    Like Virginia, I enjoyed all four versions and thought each arrangement brought something cool and unique to the table. Willie Mabon’s interpretation, in my opinion, does the best job of capturing one interpretation of the legend of the seventh son, that being someone with satanic ties. There’s a brooding, sad sense of cursed danger in Willie’s approach that I think works well with the original blues roots of the song.

  10. 10 David said at 4:26 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    …and yes, I forgot, until seeing Sierra’s comment, a very happy birthday to Matt The Cat tomorrow for all you do to keep the roots growing. I’m really enjoying Juke In The Back and wish you continued success with the show.

  11. 11 Mark said at 4:58 pm on March 18th, 2011:

    I just not a fan of Johnny Rivers, which is why there’s all those ice-cream flavors, and one is called Vanilla. Gotta go with Mose, his version was responsible for me branching out into jazz, so I gotta go with the hep cat!

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