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This song is about hot tamales, which are a spicy Mexican food very popular in some parts of the American south, where they are often sold by roadsides. Tamales contain spicy mean wrapped in cornmeal.
While Johnson is a legendary Blues artist, this song is an example of Hokum music, which was popular in the 1920s and 1930s and is generally played at a faster pace than Blues, similar to Ragtime.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers covered this on their 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik
. The Peppers recorded their version on a hill at 2 in the morning - if you listen closely you can hear cars go by. Their drummer Chad Smith copied John Bonham's technique that he used in the Led Zeppelin song "Moby Dick
" of drumming without drumsticks. (thanks, Bert - Pueblo, NM)
The only Irishman to play at Woodstock (backing Joe Cocker), Henry was an early member of Paul McCartney's band Wings.
Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes
"Great songwriters don't necessarily have hit songs," says Chris. He's written a bunch, but his fans are more interested in the intricate jams.
Joshua Scott Jones explains why he's always asking forgiveness from his musical partner, who's also his girlfriend.