House of Blue Lights

George Thorogood

About House of Blue Lights

"The House of Blue Lights" is a popular song published in 1946, written by Don Raye and Freddie Slack. It was first recorded by Freddie Slack with singer Ella Mae Morse, and was covered the same year by The Andrews Sisters. Notably for the time, the song featured a "hipster"-style spoken introduction by Raye and Morse: "Well, whatcha say, baby? You look ready as Mr. Freddy this black. How 'bout you and me goin' spinnin' at the track?" "What's that, homie? If you think I'm goin' dancin' on a dime, your clock is tickin' on the wrong time. " "Well, what's your pleasure, treasure? You call the plays, I'll dig the ways." "Hey daddy-o, I'm not so crude as to drop my mood on a square from way back......."The version by Morse and Slack reached # 8 on the Billboard pop chart, and the version by The Andrews Sisters reached # 15. Little Richard made reference to the "house of blue lights" in his 1958 hit "Good Golly, Miss Molly". The song itself was later recorded by Chuck Miller, Earl Richards, Merrill Moore, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Freddy Cannon, Canned Heat, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, The Flamin' Groovies, Mitch Woods, Meat Puppets, George Thorogood and others. A cover by Asleep at the Wheel peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1987. 


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Lace up your boots and we'll broom on down
To a knocked out shack on the edge of town
There's an eight beat combo that just won't quit
Keep walkin' 'til you see a blue light lit
Fall in there and we'll see some sights
At the house of blue lights
There's fryers and broilers and Detroit barbecue ribs
But the treat of the treats 
Is when they serve you all those fine eight beats
You'll want to spend the rest of your brights
Down at the house, the house of blue lights
We'll have a time and we'll cut some rug
While we dig those tunes like they should be dug
It's a real home comin' for all the "Cats"
Just trilly down a path of welcome mats
Fall in there and we'll see some sights
At the house of blue lights
There's fryers and broilers and Detroit barbecue ribs
But the treat of the treats 
Is when they serve you all those fine eight beats
You'll want to spend the rest of your brights
Down at the house, the house of blue lights

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George Thorogood

George Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is an American blues rock vocalist/guitarist from Wilmington, Delaware, United States, known for his hit song "Bad to the Bone" as well as for covers of blues standards such as Hank Williams' "Move It On Over" and John Lee Hooker's "House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?". more »

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"House of Blue Lights" is an influential rockabilly song that has been covered by various artists over the years. The song dates back to the 1940s and was originally associated with the Texas Playboys. Since then, several interpretations have been released, retaining the spirit of the original while imparting each artist's unique touch.
Asleep at the Wheel's version
Asleep at the Wheel is a Texas-based group known for its western swing. - They recorded "House of Blue Lights" for their 1987 album, "10". Their version is a lively, country-fied take on the song.
Canned Heat's version
Canned Heat is a notable blues-rock band from the 1960s. - They covered "House of Blue Lights" on their 1970 album, "Future Blues", adding their signature boogie flavor to the track.
Chuck Berry's version
Chuck Berry, a rock 'n' roll pioneer, recorded the song for his 1958 album, "One Dozen Berrys". - Berry's rendition of "House of Blue Lights" introduced the song to a whole new audience and is still considered a classic cover.
Commander Cody's version
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen covered the song on their "We've Got a Live One Here!" album in 1976. - Their version leans towards honky-tonk, played with energetic, foot-stomping enthusiasm.
Ella Mae Morse's version
Female vocalist Ella Mae Morse recorded "House of Blue Lights" as a single for Capitol Records in 1946. - Morse's handling of "House of Blue Lights" has been hailed as one of the earliest examples of rock and roll.
Flamin' Groovies's version
San Francisco rock band Flamin' Groovies covered the song on their 1973 album, "Teenage Head" - Their interpretation puts a more rock-oriented spin on the classic tune.
George Thorogood's version
George Thorogood, known for his blues-rock style, included "House of Blue Lights" on his "Bad to the Bone" album in 1982. - Thorogood's bluesy rendition of the song showcases his gravelly vocals and bottleneck guitar playing.
Jerry Lee Lewis's version
Jerry Lee Lewis, often known as "The Killer," covered "House of Blue Lights" for his 1970 album "She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye". - Lewis's version stands out for its rollicking piano riffs that are a trademark of his style.
Merrill Moore's version
Country pianist Merrill Moore recorded an interpretation of "House of Blue Lights" in the 1950s. - Moore's swinging version successfully combines his honky-tonk piano style with the classic rockabilly flavor of the song.
Mitch Woods' version
Blues artist Mitch Woods covered the song on his 2006 album "Big Easy Boogie". - Woods gives a nod to New Orleans with his rollicking boogie-woogie interpretation of the song.

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