Wang Dang Doodle

Album: Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol.1 (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • This Blues classic cover features R&B luminary Sam Moore, assisted by "young lions" Keb' Mo' & Angie Stone. The Stax label's R&B hits were among Jackson's earliest influences. He recalled on his MySpace site: "Growing up in the South, I loved James Brown, Motown and Stax. So working with Sam Moore of Sam & Dave has been incredible." He added, "I always say the greats just get better. Sam sounds better than ever, and he's in his seventies now."
  • Jackson has worked with Sam Moore before, having produced his 2006 Grammy-nominated album Overnight Sensational. He explained to Reality Rocks that the stellar ensemble of artists he assembled on Moore's album was in his thinking when he planned Randy Jackson's Music Club. He said: "I made a record similar to this about a year ago with Sam Moore that had a bunch of great guest stars on it. I really loved making that, and Sam told me then, 'You know, this is how records were made back in the day.' So it was a little more like that, a fun experiment. What inspired me is, I never made a solo record but I always said that if I ever did, it would be like those old Quincy Jones records. He'd always have a compilation, because he's a producer, not a singer. And on this record I'm not really singing--thank God! For everyone out there, thank God! I've saved you guys from that!"
  • "Wang Dang Doodle" was originally written by Willie Dixon for the blues singer/guitarist Howlin' Wolf.
  • Among the other artists to cover this party song are Ted Nugent, The Pointer Sisters, PJ Harvey and The Grateful Dead.

Comments: 2

  • Alan from Forest Acres, ScSavoy Brown do a great cover of this song on Street Corner Talking ('72).
  • Tom from Dozier, AlI remember The Pointer Sisters version. Great!!
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