The witching season is upon us once more and I dare say I have mentioned on more than one occasion how this is one of my favourite times of year..so don’t be surprised if some of this month’s song choices have a slightly sinister edge, a spooky connection or just a weird way about it..the weirder the better I say!
Today’s song was originally written by Willie Dixon, but the performance I have picked is the first version I ever heard properly and this was covered by John Paul Hammond on his 1968 Sooner Or Later LP. Evil (Is Going On) is a Chicago blues track which, although written by Dixon, was released by Howlin’ Wolf for Chess Records in 1954. This version features sidement Hubert Sumlin and Jody Williams (guitars), Otis Spann (Piano), Willie Dixon (double-bass) and Earl Phillips (drums).
Interestingly the song has been recorded by a number of artists including Luther Allison, Canned Heat, Captain Beefheart, Derek and the Dominos, Gary Moore, Cactus, The Faces, Dee Snider (with Widowmaker), Jake E. Lee, Monster Magnet, The Dead Daisies and Steve Miller. Koko Taylor. Tom Jones recorded a version of the song in 2011, which was produced by (and featured) Jack White..this includes a snippet of The Doors’ Wild Child”
John Hammond’s version is very cool with its slinky harmonica, tempting me to dig out my bass and play along…Check it out above..