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C.C. Rider

by

Chuck Willis



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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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Comments (26):

Just to throw in another possibility. Somebody told me that they heard the C.C. came from the booze C.C. (Canadian Club) Whiskey which was popular in the south during the roaring 20's. Drinking it alot would result in the lyrics "C.C. rider see what you have done." Pick it apart, just a thought, I liked it when I heard it.
- Bill, Nanaimo, BC
Willis' 1957 version peaked at No. 12, Baker's 1963 version hit No. 34, and in 1966 both The Animals & Bobby Rydell released it, Rydell's hit No. 76 while The Animals made the Top 10 at No. 10!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Beaucoup Blue, a Philly based father & son duo play a great cover of this song. Sometimes they perform it with a "full band" (drums, bass, keyboard.) They also do an acoustic version with just 2 guitars. Both are great.
- Richard, Fountain Hill, PA
how many different artists have performed cc rider?
- j, riverdale, NJ
No one even mentioned the C.C.Camps where men could get some work during the Depression. Since the only housing provided was tents and was only utilized during good weather.

The men came back in the Fall. (I won't be back til Fall)
- Fred, Winston Salem, NC
The C.C. in "C.C. Rider" stand for Chopper Couture!
Chopper Couture's early Fall 2009 collection of motorcycle inspired rock-n-roll t-shirts is aptly named: "C.C. Rider!"
- Arlene, Copenhagen, Denmark
Best version of this song is By Eric Burdon...and his Animals ofcourse
- nady, adelaide, Australia
The song Sea Sea Rider, according to Big Bill Broonzy, is in fact first written in 1908 and refers to a man with nothing better to do than hanging out the water in his boat. This is given by Bill in a live recording intro before launching into his version.

John, Lynton, Devon, England.
- John, Lynton, England
I agree with the first commenter.
C.C. Rider referred to the guitar on the back of a bluesman traveling the "Chitlin' Circuit," the route through the larger towns in and around the Mississippi Delta region.
- Bunk, Possum Creek, LA
AKA SEE SEE RIDERdone by Lavern Baker in 1962.
- Thomas, charlotte, NC
LaVern Baker had smoking version on Atlantic Records in 1962!
- Thomas, charlotte, NC
During the Great Depression a large population of Americans driven by poverty rode the railroad system & the term easy rider, (along with hobo and bum) found its way into slang vocabulary to mean a slow moving train and the men that, even after the great depression, continued to live and travel along the rails. Majority of these trains, commissioned in the early 1920s had the letters C.C. (for Colorado Central) or S.C. (for Southern Coastal) stenciled on them in bold white letters & this is most likely where the term C.C. rider originated.
The term appears in the famous "See See Rider Blues" song recorded by Ma Rainey in 1925. The song and others like it used the loneliness of a rider of the rails or wanderer as a theme in their music.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org
- lynchknot, Portland, OR
cc rider blues originated from kc rider blues, kc standing for kansas city
- Derek, Liverpool, United States
This song (or one with a similar title) was recorded in the 1960s by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (famous for "Devil With A Blue Dress On" and "Good Golly Miss Molly"). I do not know just how popular it was, but I remember hearing it a lot 40 years ago.
- Darrell, Eugene
A C.C. Rider is merely a Costum Cycle Rider - thats why the movie Easy Rider is named as it is. A Wordplay on the kind of people that were driving Costum Cycles...
- Anders, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wayne Cochrane and the CC Riders recorded this song also. The CC Riders were a great band. Elvis and Wayne were friendly. Elvis was influenced by Wayne's wardrobe (capes, jumpsuits, big belts)and used CC Rider as his opening song. They played in the same Las Vegas hotels. Cochrane was known as the king of blue eyed soul. In the movie the Blues Brothers, Cochrane and his band were mentioned during the sauna scene by Steve Lawrence. The 2nd Blues Brother album is also dedicated to Cochrane and his CC Riders
- dave, romeo, MI
i beleive "C.C" is a derivation of the orignal "See, See" As in "see what yove done now. It's not really a name or person's initials.
"Rider" is slang for prostitute but in blues terms can mean the guitar carried by a musician.Some singers in "Crossroads" sing a line " got my rider by my side". Lots of double meanings in the blues...
- Pablo, Rochester, ND
The song has been used in a Dutch televison commercial for the beverage SiSi (orangejuice with bubbles, like Fanta). A tiny car distributed crates of Sisi. At the background: SiSi rider (C.C. of course)
- NIANow I'm Anonymous, The Hague, Netherlands
Some noteable Elvis versions of "See See Rider" are in the film ELVIS ON TOUR (1972) and in the famous tv special ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITE (1973).
- Barry, New York, NC
This song is also covered by The Old Crow Medicine Show a "new" grass band. They are an excellent "under the radar" group that I encourage you to check out if you like Bluegrass music. "Wagon Wheel" is one of my favorites they do.
- Barry Larkin, Cincinatti, OH
C.C. Rider was also recorded by Bill Haley & His Comets in the early 70´s.
- Ake, OSTERSUND, Sweden
I read once (i think in Honeyboy Edwards' autobiography) that C.C. Rider is about a prostitute. Hence the line "you made me love you, now your man done come" (her man being the pimp). If anyone's after a really clear version of how it was originally, check out Robert Lockwood Jr's Delta Crossroads album.
- Derek, Qld, Australia
Just a current update: A really sharp looking grandmother named Carol owns and operates, for the last 20 years, "C.C. Rider Transportation Services, Inc." in the Chicago area. She brokers trips between used car dealers and the guys who drive the big multi-car transport rigs. Her friends swear she chose the name because she was always a raving Elvis fan.
- Paul, Fort Collins, CO
OK,what does the C.C. in C.C.Rider stand for?
- Bruce, west orange,nj, NJ
Elvis Presley did it in the early '70's, and used it as his opening music and song for most all of his concerts till he died.
- Tom, Alma, GA
This song was also played by The Animals.
- Erik, Davis, CA
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