Songfacts®: You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.
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.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.
Artis the Spoonman
Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?
Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.
JJ Burnel of The Stranglers
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.