Little Red Rooster

Little Red Rooster

Infobox Single
Name = Little Red Rooster

Cover size =
Caption =
Artist = Howlin' Wolf
from Album =
A-side =
B-side = "Shake for Me"
Released = 1962
Format =
Recorded = June 1961, Chicago
Genre =
Length =
Label = Chess (Cat. No. 1804)
Writer = Willie Dixon
Producer =
Certification =
Chart position =
Last single =
This single =
Next single =
Misc =
Infobox Single
Name = Little Red Rooster

Artist = The Rolling Stones
Released = November 13 1964
B-side = "Off the Hook" Jagger/Richards
Format = 7"
Recorded = September 2 1964
Genre = Blues
Length = 3:05
Label = Decca F12014
Producer = Andrew Loog Oldham
Chart position =

  • #1 (U.K.)
    Last single = "Time Is on My Side"
    This single = "Little Red Rooster"
    Next single = "Heart of Stone"
    (1964) |

    Little Red Rooster is a blues song written by Willie Dixon and released by Howlin' Wolf as a single ("The Red Rooster" b/w "Shake For Me" (Chess Records 1804) in 1962. It was also included on his second album, "Howlin' Wolf". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed it as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll. [ [ 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll] ]

    The single was recorded in June 1961 in Chicago with: Howlin' Wolf (vocals, Guitar), Johnny Jones (piano), Hubert Sumlin (guitar), Willie Dixon (bass), and Sam Lay (drums).

    It was covered by The Rolling Stones and reached number one in the UK singles chart on 3 December 1964 where it stayed for one week. Brian Jones contributes a distinctive slide guitar to the track. It was the band's last blues cover to be released as a single. In the USA, "Little Red Rooster" was heavily boycotted/banned by radio stations for its sexual implications, forcing the release of "Heart of Stone" as a single instead. The song was first released Stateside on the album "The Rolling Stones, Now!". It also appeared on their 1989 compilation, "."

    The song has also been covered by many other artists including Luther Allison, James Blood Ulmer, Canned Heat, The Persuasions, Sam Cooke, The Yardbirds, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Otis Rush and The Jesus And Mary Chain.


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