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This is a Blues standard first recorded by Ma Rainey, whose version hit #12 in 1925 as "See See Rider Blues." The "C.C. Rider," also known as "See See Rider" or "Easy Rider," is a Blues cliché for the sexual partner, although originally it referred to the guitar hung on the back of the traveling bluesman. (thanks, Patrick - Port Arthur, TX)
Willis' version started "The Stroll" dance craze. The Diamonds (of "Little Darlin'" fame) capitalized by writing and releasing "The Stroll," which peaked at #4 as it sold over one million copies.
In 1965, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels incorporated "C.C. Rider" into a medley of songs with Little Richard's "Jenny Jenny." This version peaked at #10 in the US in early January, 1966.
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