Creatin’ A Disturbance, In Your Mind

This here is a solid gold classic of a record for you friends and it ain’t no mistakin’ it. I guess it’s also a one-hit wonder too,  seeing as he never did have no kind of success like that again. Just like with his grandson in yesterday’s post Allen Toussaint produced the session and played piano on it. This was the first of Toussaint’s productions to become a big national hit but as y’all know it started a lenghthy run of ’em. What we got here is parts 1 and 2 that formed the two sides of the single run together and a few covers of it for your enjoyments. Hill played drums with Huey “Piano” Smith/Bobby Marchan and Professor Longhair, who said he was the only drummer who could keep up with him and was a founding member of Dr John’s Night Tripper Band.  He also had his own band The House Rockers, they took off on a national tour after this hit but apparently Hill had a talent for blowing all the money they were making and they split before they got back home. He co-wrote ‘Qualified’ with Dr John and a lot of other songs recorded by people like Sonny & Cher and Ike & Tina, he was also one of the only black artists of the time who owned his own music. Still I guess he had a talent for losing money and screwing up pretty good. After ending up in jail over a stolen car he went back to New Orleans and run a big black Cadillac as “the Poo Cab” to make some foldin’ money. His smack addiction and heavy drinkin’ started to catch up on him and he seems to have even ended up homeless for a period. He passed in 1996 and was buried in an outfit made for him by miss Antoinette K-Doe. She also done made two matching ones that she and Ernie wore to the funeral! you know you love that right?

He had 14 children and 50 grandchildren. Here the two we was on about yesterday play his tune in an episode of Treme, they bring a brass band feel to it. Etta has more of a gospel vibe on hers. Hot beat drummer Sandy Nelson is playing the b-side instrumental in a version that conjurs images of 60’s go-go dancers in old TV shows and Wilson brings his own groove to it – they’re all pretty damn good but none of them match Hill for intensity

Jessie Hill – Ooh Poo Pah Doo pts 1&2

Trombone Shorty – Ooh Poo Pah Doo  (from Treme OST)

Etta James – Ooh Poo Pah Doo (from ‘Etta James Rocks The House’)

Sandy Nelson – Ooh Poo Pah Doo

Wilson Pickett – Ooh Poo Pah Doo (from ‘The Wicked Pickett’)


~ by Mumblin' Earl on May 19, 2011.

3 Responses to “Creatin’ A Disturbance, In Your Mind”

  1. This goes to show how influential Ray Charles’ What’I’d say was (released the previous year) struggling to think of another track with a vocal call and response bit released before that. (library of congress field hollers aside)

  2. Actually the intro was copped from Dave Batholomew’s Can’t take it no more which was recorded in 1957 but not released until the 80’s.
    Perhaps Charles was a Bartholomew fan?

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