Bob Dylan, Elvis, The Rolling Stones and more cover Jimmy Reed (born September 6, 1925)

Mathis James Reed (September 6, 1925 – August 29, 1976) was an American blues musician and songwriter. His particular style of electric blues was popular with blues as well as non-blues audiences. Reed’s songs such as “Honest I Do” (1957), “Baby What You Want Me to Do” (1960), “Big Boss Man” (1961), and “Bright Lights, Big City” (1961) appeared on both Billboard magazine’s rhythm and blues and Hot 100 singles charts.

Here some great cover versions of the 3 songs mentioned above.

Baby What You Want Me to Do

We’re goin’ up, we’re goin’ down
We’re goin’ up, down down up
Any way you want to let it roll
Yeah, yeah, yeah
You got me doin’ what you want me
Oh baby what you want me to do

Bob Dylan

Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California – September 19, 1985
Farm Aid Rehearsals


Elvis Presley

’68 Comeback Special

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Etta James

June 18, 1982

Bright Lights, Big City

Bright light, big city, gone to my baby’s head
Whoa, bright light, an’big city, gone to my baby’s head
I tried to tell the woman, but she don’t believe a word I said

Bob Dylan & Eric Clapton

Madison Square Garden, New York City – June 30, 1999
Eric Clapton & Friends To Benefit Crossroads Centre Antigua

The Rolling Stones

“IBC Studios” (March 11, 1963)

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Big Boss Man

Big boss man, can’t you hear me when I call
Big boss man, can’t you hear me when I call
Well, you ain’t so big, you’re just tall, that’s all

Elvis Presley

alt version

Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Lee Roy Parnell and Danny Dawson

Jimmie Vaughan & Omar Kent Dykes

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One thought on “Bob Dylan, Elvis, The Rolling Stones and more cover Jimmy Reed (born September 6, 1925)

  1. Thanks for this post! Love seeing Etta strut her stuff — no one could beat what she did. Watched her do a barefoot concert in St. Paul many years ago and later caught her outside the stage door to sign her latest CD. As her autobiography spells out, she was something. … The rehearsal footage of Bob playing around was even better. And the story is well known that Elvis was so nervous for his ’68 special that they told him to just slip into Baby What You Want Me to Do whenever he was at a loss for what to do. … Jimmy Reed tied all these things together perfectly,

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