Wang Dang Doodle

Koko Taylor

About Wang Dang Doodle

"Wang Dang Doodle" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon. Music critic Mike Rowe calls it a party song in an urban style with its massive, rolling, exciting beat. It was first recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1960 and released by Chess Records in 1961. In 1965, Dixon and Leonard Chess persuaded Koko Taylor to record it for Checker Records, a Chess subsidiary. Taylor's rendition quickly became a hit, reaching number thirteen on the Billboard R&B chart and number 58 on the pop chart. "Wang Dang Doodle" became a blues standard and has been recorded by various artists. 


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Tell automatic slim
Tell razor totin' jim
Tell butcher knife totin' annie
Tell fast talkin' fanny
Tonite we're gonna pitch a ball
Down to that union hall
Gonna romp and tromp 'till midnite
We're gonna fuss and fight 'till daylight
We're gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long

Tell poodle I'll tell him here
Tell albert I'll see him near
Tell old pistol pete
Everybody gonna meet
Tonite we need no rest
We're really gonna throw a mess
We're gonna break out all the windows
Gonna kick down all the doors
We're gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long

Tell fats and washboard sam
That everybody's gonna jam
Just shake it boxcar joe
We got sawdust on the floor
Tell chicken head till I die
We're gonna have a time
When the fish head fills the air
Be snuff juice everywhere
We're gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long

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Koko Taylor

Koko Taylor sometimes spelled KoKo Taylor (September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009) was an American Chicago blues musician, popularly known as the "Queen of the Blues." She was known primarily for her rough, powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings. more »

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Written by: WILLIE DIXON

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Composition & Release
"Wang Dang Doodle" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon. - It was initially recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1960 and released as a single in 1961.
Howlin’ Wolf’s Version
Although Howlin' Wolf was the first to record the song, it did not become popular during its initial release. - Wolf's version features Dixon's archetypal Chicago blues style.
Koko Taylor's Recording
The song really gained fame when it was covered by Koko Taylor in 1965. - Taylor's version became a hit and charted on the Billboard's R&B chart in 1966. - Koko's vigorous and intense rendition has arguably outshined Wolf’s original.
Willie Dixon’s Influence
Dixon is considered one of the key figures in the creation of Chicago blues. - He wrote more than 500 songs over his lifetime, with "Wang Dang Doodle" being among his most popular.
The lyrics of the song describe a raucous party where various unsavoury characters are present. - The term "Wang Dang Doodle" is an old slang term meaning "a good time".
Since its initial recording, "Wang Dang Doodle" has been covered by a wide range of artists across genres. - The song has also been included on numerous compilation albums over the years.
Other Versions
Besides Taylor and Wolf, "Wang Dang Doodle" was later covered by artists such as the Grateful Dead, PJ Harvey, and Dr. Feelgood among others. - Each artist brought their own unique musical style to the classic blues song, ensuring it continued to reach new audiences.

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