Blues Got A Hold Of Me
The Blues record that sparked my interest in the genre was ‘Manish Boy’ by Muddy Waters, a reworking of Bo Diddley’s ‘I’m A Man’. It featured briefly in the classic 1990 movie ‘Goodfellas’ featuring Robert De Niro.
In my opinion Manish Boy, is the most testosterone filled song of all time. The song has the swagger of a tomcat in an alley full of kittens, and there is no doubt that any woman hearing this song knows she is listening to a real man, not a new age metrosexual chap that is sensitive and stuff.
A few weeks after seeing that movie, I was in Notting Hill music exchange and decided to look for Manish Boy in the blues section, it featured on the 1966 album ‘The Real Folk Blues,' literally the first record in the rack and a bargain at £5.50.
The album was a great introduction to Blues and featured anthems like Walkin’ Blues, Rollin’ and Tumblin and Forty Days and Forty Nights, all of which feature on these mixes. After that I was hooked, so regularly browsed the Blues section of the many second-hand record shops in London and further a field.
Oh I should say the version of Manish Boy that starts the mix 'I Got The Blues' is the B.B. King version, Personally, I think it's the best version, you may disagree. If you want to check out Do Diddley's version, its the last song on the 'Hoochie Coochie Man'mix.