There are few recordings that equal the powerful force of 'Spoonful,' or, for that matter, any other Wolf/Dixon C… In 1968, Wolf reluctantly re-recorded "Spoonful", along with several of his blues classics in Marshall Chess's attempt at updating Wolf's sound for the burgeoning rock market. , The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed Howlin' Wolf's "Spoonful" as one of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll". One such rendering, lasting nearly seventeen minutes, is included on their 1968 album Wheels of Fire. In 1966, fellow Chess artist Koko Taylor recorded a cover version of "Wang Dang Doodle" which reached No. Dixon's "Spoonful" is loosely based on "A Spoonful Blues", a song recorded in 1929 by Charley Patton. 11 on the Hot 100. In 1964 "Little Red Rooster" was released by the Rolling Stones, and became the first and only time that a blues record reached No. 1 in the UK charts (see Little Red Rooster… Backing Wolf on vocals are longtime accompanist Hubert Sumlin on guitar, relative newcomer Freddie Robinson on second guitar, and Chess recording veterans Otis Spann on piano, Fred Below on drums, and Dixon on double-bass. It uses eight-bar vocal sections with twelve-bar choruses and is performed at a medium blues tempo in the key of E. Music critic Bill Janovitz describes it as "brutal, powerful Wolf bellowing in his raspy style. Released in 1960 and written by Willie Dixon, Spoonful has been covered by several artists, from Etta James to Cream to the songwriter Willie Dixon himself. It uses eight-bar vocal sections with twelve-bar choruses and is performed at a medium blues tempo in the key of E. Music critic Bill Janovitzdescribes it as "brutal, powerful Wolf bellowing in his raspy style. Although the album notes indicate "Live at the Fillmore", "Spoonful" was actually recorded at the Winterland Ballroom.  Earlier in 1963 Sam Cooke released a single of "Little Red Rooster" making No. For the American release of Fresh Cream, "I Feel Free" was substituted for "Spoonful". Is good enough for me "Spoonful" has a one-chord, modal blues structure found in other songs Willie Dixon wrote for Howlin' Wolf, such as "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Back Door Man", and in Wolf's own "Smokestack Lightning". When reviewed on its 50th anniversary in 2012 by Pig River Records, the record was highly praised, receiving a score of 8.6/10. In 1966 Cream recorded "Spoonful" on their debut album Fresh Cream, and included a live, 17-minute version on their 1968 album Wheels of Fire. Atco Records released the song in the US later in 1967 as a two-sided single (with some pressings misspelled as "Spoonfull"), but it failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 record chart.. But everybody fight about that spoonful, "Spoonful" has a one-chord, modal blues structure found in other songs Willie Dixon wrote for Howlin' Wolf, such as "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Back Door Man", and in Wolf's own "Smokestack Lightning". Cream frequently played "Spoonful" in concert, and the song evolved beyond the blues-rock form of the 1966 recording into a vehicle for extended improvised soloing influenced by the San Francisco music scene of the late 1960s.  In 1962, the song was included on Wolf's second compilation album for Chess, Howlin' Wolf. "2010 Hall of Fame Inductees: Spoonful – Howlin' Wolf (Chess, 1960)", The Howlin' Wolf Story – The Secret History of Rock & Roll, Burnin' Down the House: Live at the House of Blues, Miss Etta James: The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings, Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spoonful&oldid=985825905, Song recordings produced by Felix Pappalardi, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox song with unknown parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 October 2020, at 04:49.