Slim Harpo, real name James Moore, was an influential blues harmonica player from Louisiana. To celebrate what would have been his 91st birthday (he was born on January 11, 1924), I thought I'd visit this classic blues recording.
In 1957, Harpo's 'I'm a King Bee' was released to much acclaim, becoming Slim's most famous song. The swamp blues style of heavy rhythms just drives it on home. In 2006, the song received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for it's legacy.
The call and response tune with the sexual innuendo makes it raunchy and fun.
Dozens of musicians covered it, including:
THE ROLLING STONES
THE GRATEFUL DEAD