Song of the Day: Junior Wells, “Messin’ With The Kid”

Amos Wells Blakemore, better known as blues singer and harmonicist Junior Wells, would be 86 years old today. Maybe his best-known song, "Messin’ With The Kid" was issued as a single in 1960. Strangely, Junior didn’t play harmonica on the track; however, he did when he re-recorded the song in 1966 with his friend Buddy Guy. It inspired a number of other songs, including Muddy Waters’s "Messin’ With The Man" and Eddie C. Campbell’s Christmas record, "Santa’s Messin’ With The Kid." The Blues Foundation inducted the song into its Blues Hall of Fame as a "classic of blues recordings." I believe this was done at the Montreaux Jazz Festival and includes Buddy Guy on the guitar.

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