Monday, October 27

"I'm in the Mood" - John Lee Hooker (1951)


"'I'm in the Mood' was a huge hit for John Lee Hooker, as the 1951 single reached #1 in the R&B chart. Reported to have sold a million copies, it was in fact one of the most successful R&B singles of the early 1950s, and if the figure is accurate, one of the highest-selling blues recordings of all time. Listening to it a half-century later, it's astonishing that such a raw and crude recording could have been so successful, but those were different times and ones in which lack of technical sophistication wasn't a handicap to popularity. ... But the reward of 'I'm in the Mood' is indeed the mood itself of the recording: stark, spooky, and earthy, the relatively sweetly crooned title-chorus making it more memorable than several other of Hooker's similar early recordings."
allmusic
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YouTube: I'm In The Mood, John Lee Hooker Bonnie Raitt 1991

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