Wayne Perkins – Alabama’s Forgotten Guitar Master

Great rundown on Wayne Perrkins work with the Rolling Stones. Perkins’ “Hand of Fate” lines are among the most thrilling in a Stones catalog rich with guitar heroics. Skying, and full of heart…Perkins also played on two other cuts from “Black and Blue,” the Stones album “Hand of Fate” appeared on: melancholic ballads “Memory Motel” and “Fool To Cry.” Not only that, R&B number “Worried About You” originally tracked during “Black and Blue” sessions and eventually released on excellent 1981 Stones LP “Tattoo You,” boasts another, cascading Perkins solo.

Perkins’ also worked at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio with  David Porter and the Soul Children,  Dee Dee Warwick, Ronnie Milsap, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Jimmy Cliff, Jim Capaldi and  Steve Winwood. Perkins also provided lead guitar overdubs on Catch a Fire, the 1973 album by Bob Marley and the Wailers: “Concrete Jungle,” “Stir It Up,” and “Baby We’ve Got a Date.”


Susie-Q performed live by Dale Hawkins

Two Louisiana rock legends for the price of one in this 1957 gem. Dale Hawkins (Gold Mine, LA) and James Burton (Dubberly, LA) on lead guitar. Suzie-Q was covered by The Rolling Stones with a 1:49 version in 1964 and and most famously by Creedence Clearwater Revival with an 8 minute version four years later. Dale’s cousin Ronnie Hawkins led the Hawks (later The Band), while Burton went on to tasty fretwork behind Ricky Nelson and Elvis turning ears on both sides of the Atlantic and making the Rock Hall of Fame in 2001.

Slim Harpo – Shake Your Hips

“Shake Your Hips” by Lobdell, Louisiana’s Slim Harpo (né James Moore) for Excello Records in 1966 was covered by The Rolling Stones on Exile on Main Street as “Hip Shake.” The groove later resurfaced on ZZ Top’s hit “La Grange.” Said Mick Jagger of the Stones when they were covering Slim in 1964: “What’s the point in listening to us doing ‘I’m a King Bee’ when you can hear Slim Harpo do it ?”