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Wang Dang Doodle
Composer: Willie Dixon

Wang Dang Doodle was first performed by the Grateful Dead in August 1983. The song was played only a few times each year through the rest of the 1980's. From 1991 onwards it was performed more often averaging about 15 performances a year through to 1995. In total the Grateful Dead performed Wang Dang Doodle just under 100 times.

In his autobiography, I Am The Blues, Willie Dixon says;

Wang Dang Doodle meant a good time. Especially if a guy came in from the South. A wang dang meant having a ball and a lot of dancing, they called it a rocking style so that's what it meant to wang dang doodle.


Recordings

no info Single (Back Door Man / Wang Dang Doodle), Howlin' Wolf, 1961
info Howlin' Wolf, Howlin' Wolf, 1962
info Sing A Song Of Soul, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1965
no info Single (Blues heaven / Wang Dang Doodle), Koko Taylor, 1966
no info I Am The Blues, Willie Dixon, 1969
info Koko Taylor, Koko Taylor, 1969
no info Blues Helping, Love Sculpture, 1969
no info The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, Howlin' Wolf, 1971
no info Street Corner Talking, Savoy Brown, 1971
no info Blues Rock Cookbook: Montreux Festival, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1972
no info May Y Sol, Various Artists (Dr. John), 1972
info Chester Burnette AKA. Howlin' Wolf, Howlin' Wolf, 1972
no info Catalyst, Willie Dixon, 1973
no info South Side Lady, Koko Taylor, 1973
no info The Pointer Sisters, The Pointer Sisters, 1973
no info Single (Wang Dang Doodle / Cloudburst), The Pointer Sisters, 1973
no info Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival: 1972, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1973
info Live At The Opera House, The Pointer Sisters, 1974
no info Stupidity, Dr. Feelgood, 1976
no info The Best of, Savoy Brown, 1977
no info The Earthshaker, Koko Taylor, 1978
no info Blues Roots, Savoy Brown, 1978
no info The Rhythm & The Blues, Z.Z. Hill, 1982
no info Willie Dixon: Blues Roots, Vol. 12, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1982
no info Live, John Hammond, 1983
no info The London Sessions, Howlin' Wolf, 1984
no info All Night Boogie, Howlin' Wolf, 1984
no info Blues Explosion, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1984
no info Live Backstage Access, Willie Dixon, 1985
no info Howlin' Wolf/Moanin' in the Moonlight, Howlin' Wolf, 1987
no info An Audience with The Queen, Koko Taylor, 1987
info Willie Dixon Chess Box, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1989
no info Blues Deluxe, Various Artists (Willie Dixon), 1989
no info The Best of Chess Blues, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1989
no info Great Tomato Blues Package, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1989
no info Love You Like a Woman, Koko Taylor, 1990
no info In Memorium (1935-1984), Z.Z. Hill, 1990
no info Hindu Love Gods, Hindu Love Gods, 1990
no info Atlantic Blues: Chicago, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1990
no info Superblues: All-Time Classic Blues Hits, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1990
info What It Takes: The Chess Years, Koko Taylor, 1991
no info The Early Edmunds, Dave Edmunds, 1991
no info Live and Kickin', Savoy Brown, 1991
no info Trouble in Mind, Terry Garland, 1991
info The Chess Box, Howlin' Wolf, 1991
no info Montreux Jazz Festival, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1991
no info Atlantic Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1991
no info At Last, Blue Rhythm Boys, 1992
no info John Hammond Live, John Hammond, 1992
no info Can't Get Away From This Dog, Rufus Thomas, 1992
no info Chess Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1992
no info Single (Man-Size/Wang Dang Doodle/Daddy), PJ Harvey, 1993
no info The Savoy Brown Collection, Savoy Brown, 1993
no info Complete Recordings 1951-1969, Howlin' Wolf, 1993
no info The Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Tour, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1993
no info The Power of the Voice, Howlin' Wolf, 1994
no info Blues Legends, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1994
no info Greatest Blues Legends, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1994
info The Original Wang Dang Doodle, Willie Dixon, 1995
no info Marvalous, Marva Wright, 1995
no info Play the Hip Hits, Booker T. & the MG's, 1995
no info The Gravedigger, Walkin' Cane Mark, 1995
no info Mama Told Me, Miranda Louise, 1995
no info Tempation 'Bout to Get Me, The Rationals, 1995
no info Blue Collar Soundtrack, Various Artists (Willie Dixon), 1995
no info The Very Best of, The Pointer Sisters, 1996
no info Jungle Queen, PJ Harvey, 1996
no info Guilty, Ruby Turner, 1996
no info Sex & Jazz & Rock & Roll, Jools Holland, 1996
no info Highway 49 & Other Classics, Howlin Wolf, 1996
no info Blues Classics, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1996
no info Mean Old World: The Blues from 1940 to 1994, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1996
no info Blending the Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1996
no info The Essential Blues, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1996
info ONXRT: Live From The Archives, Vol. 3, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1996
no info Blues Archive, Various Artists (Ruby Turner), 1996
no info Yes We Can Can: The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings, The Pointer Sisters, 1997
no info The Collection, Dave Edmunds, 1997
info His Best, Howlin' Wolf, 1997
info Chess Blues-Rock Songbook, Various Artists (Willie Dixon), 1997
no info Chess 50th Anniversary Collection, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1997
no info I Think I Got the Blues, Willie Dixon, 1998
no info The Masters, Howlin' Wolf, 1998
no info The Best of, Jools Holland, 1998
no info Gumbo Ya Ya, David & Roselyn, 1998
no info Live at the World Cafe Vol. 6, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1998
no info Living The Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1998
no info Chappo on Fire, Roger Chapman, 1999
no info Daughter of the Blues, Shirley King, 1999
no info Johnny Otis R&B Dance Party, Vol. 1, Johnny Otis, 1999
no info Roller-Coaster, The Nightporters, 1999
no info Men Are Like Street Cars: Women Blues Singers 1928-1969, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1999
no info 18 Tracks from the Film Chicago Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1999
no info Legends of Blues: Stormy Monday, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 1999
no info Best of British Blues, Various Artists (Ruby Turner), 1999
no info The Songs of Willie Dixon, Various Artists (John Ellison and Christine Ohlman), 1999
no info Homage, The Blues Band, 2000
no info 16 Classic Tracks, Howlin' Wolf, 2000
no info Goin' Down Slow, Howlin' Wolf, 2000
no info Electric Blues, Howlin' Wolf, 2000
no info Premium Gold Collection, Dave Edmunds & Love Sculpture, 2000
no info Legendary Funny Cider Sessions 1981/1983, Shortlist, 2000
no info Sing! Sister! Sing!, Jubirt Sisters, 2000
no info The Blues as It Was, Various Artists (Howlin' Wolf), 2000
no info Dirty Work Going On, Various Artists (Howlin' Wolf), 2000
no info The Best Blues Album in the World ... Ever, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2000
no info The Chess Story: 1947-1975, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2000
no info New Millennium Blues Party, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2000
no info Sweet Home Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2000
no info The Legends Collection: Vol. 2, Eric Clapton, 2001
no info With the Yardbirds & Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, 2001
no info Raw Live 'N Blue, Savoy Brown, 2001
no info The Swing Album, Jools Holland, 2001
no info Pure Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2001
no info Deluxe Edition, Koko Taylor, 2002
no info Sabre Dance, Dave Edmunds, 2002
no info Universal Masters Collections, Livin' Blues, 2002
no info Hogs in Wolf's Clothing, The Groundhogs, 2002
no info Riff Burglars, Roger Chapman and the Shortlist, 2002
no info Before Your Very Eyes/Riff Burglar, Roger Chapman, 2002
no info Craveman, Ted Nugent, 2002
no info I Am the Blues, Willie Dixon, 2003 (DVD)
no info 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of, Howlin' Wolf, 2003
info Soul Men, Booker T. & the MG's, 2003
no info The Complete Collection, Livin' Blues, 2003
no info Big Blues, Climax Blues Band, 2003
no info Live at Quai du Blues, Martha High, 2003
no info 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Blues Classics, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2003
no info Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2003
no info Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Godfathers and Sons, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2003
no info Blues Story, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2003
no info The Time-Life Treasury of the Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2003
no info Chess Divas, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2003
no info 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of, The Pointer Sisters, 2004
no info The Collection, The Pointer Sisters, 2004
no info Blues Queen of New Orleans, Marva Wright, 2004
no info Bring It On!, Blues Rush, 2004
no info Live At The Attic, Blues at Midnight, 2004
no info From Clarksdale to Cleveland, Vol. 1: The Roadhouse, Various Artists (Howlin' Wolf), 2004
no info American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2004
no info In the Mood for Blues, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2004
no info The Blues Anthology, Howlin' Wolf, 2005
no info The Best of the EMI Years, Dave Edmunds, 2005
no info The Ultimate Soul Divas, The Pointer Sisters, 2005
no info In Concert, The Pointer Sisters, 2005
info The Endless Jam Continues, Schenker-Pattison Summit, 2005
no info Suspicious Again: The Indigo Sessions 1996-98, Ruby Turner, 2005
no info Real Blue, Gary Gordon, 2005
info Chess Pieces: The Very Best of Chess, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2005
no info Chappo: The Loft Tapes, Vol. 4: Live at Unca Po's Hamburg, 05/03/82, Roger Chapman, 2006
no info Howlin' the Blues, Howlin' Wolf, 2006
no info Fire, The Pointer Sisters, 2006
no info The Peel Sessions 1991-2004, PJ Harvey, 2006
no info Delta Moon, Delta Moon, 2006
no info Right Place, Right Time: Live at Tipitina's, Dr. John, 2006
no info The Rebennack Chronicles, Vol. 2, Dr. John, 2006
no info Street Corner Talking/Hellbound Train, Savoy Brown, 2006
no info Blues Masters, Various Artists (Willie Dixon), 2006
info Blues Gold, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2006
no info Out of Sight: More Sounds from in the Crowd, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2006
no info The Yardbirds Family Tree: Birds of a Feather, Various Artists (Peter French), 2006
no info The Howlin' Wolf Anthology, Howlin' Wolf, 2007
info Definitive Collection, Howlin' Wolf, 2007
no info On Top, The Ambulators, 2007
no info Undercover of the Blues, Blue Mozart, 2007
no info Gut Bucket Blues: Stumpdown Acoustic, LZ Love & Lightning Red, 2007
no info Lost Vagueness, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2007
no info Giant of the Blues, Willie Dixon, 2008
no info Craveman/Full Bluntal Nugity, Ted Nugent, 2008
no info Forty Four: A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf, Motor City Josh, 2008
no info Lady Dottie & the Diamonds, Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, 2008
no info Chess Chartbusters, Vol. 4, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2008
no info Uncut Detroit, Vol. III: Live Studio Blues, Various Artists (The Blues Queens & Kings), 2008
no info Wang Dang Doodle, Willie Dixon & The Chicago Blues All-Stars, 2009
no info Riff Burglars/Live at Munster Hall, Roger Chapman And The Shortlist, 2009
no info The French Connection, Zora Young, 2009
info Electric Willie: A Tribute To Willie Dixon, Elliott Sharp, Henry Kaiser et al, 2010
info Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues, Part 3: 1960-1969, Various Artists (Koko Taylor), 2012

 
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