mp3: Ann Cole - Got My Mojo Working
Regular visitors will know I'm a fan of both Ann Cole
and Got My Mojo Working
. It's a song that was written by Preston Foster and recorded by Cole in 1956. Muddy Waters heard her play it live when they toured together and then recorded his own version in '57, which he claimed full writing credit for. It's a song that's been more associated with Waters than Cole ever since. There was an inevitable legal battle, which went in favour of Foster's publishers. Strangely, Ruth Stratchborneo, who apparently wrote Larry Bright
's 1960 local hit Mojo Workout, also got in on the act by attempting to sue the earlier version. As usual, the lawyers won, but the case notes
are a good read if you're looking for legal definition of a mojo and what it might mean to have one's mojo working. A who's who of the blues have recorded today's tune, but as is often the case, it's hard to go past the original.
Labels: original version, rhythm and blues