Watch Your Step

Written by Robert Lee ParkerUnreleased song

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Watch Your Step” is a song written and recorded in 1961 by rhythm and blues guitarist Bobby Parker. The song spent several weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 51 during the week of July 15, 1961.

Original release

The song was written by Parker, inspired by Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca” and Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say“. Parker said “I started playing [Gillespie’s] riff on my guitar and decided to make a blues out of it.”[unreliable source?] It was recorded at the Edgewood Recording Studio in Washington DC in 1961, with Thomas “TNT” Tribble on drums. The record was released on the V-Tone record label, a small enterprise that had been started in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Venton “Buddy” Caldwell.[unreliable source?]

Influence

The single was released in the UK, and had influence far beyond its modest commercial success. It was covered by various artists including Adam Faith, Manfred Mann, and the Spencer Davis Group. In particular, its main riff served as the inspiration for several songs by the Beatles, most notably “I Feel Fine” and “Day Tripper“. In The Beatles Anthology, John Lennon said: “‘Watch Your Step’ is one of my favourite records. The Beatles have used the lick in various forms. The Allman Brothers used the lick straight as it was.” The Allman Brothers song he refers to is “One Way Out”, originally written and recorded by Elmore James.

Led Zeppelin also used the riff as the basis for their instrumental, “Moby Dick”. Others, including the Yardbirds (“I’m Not Talking”, 1965),[clarification needed] Deep Purple (“Rat Bat Blue”, 1973), Gamma Ray (“New World Order”, 2001) and Mahjongg (“Tell the Police the Truth”, 2008) were inspired by the riff.

References

Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 21st, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:22 • Rehearsal • Jan.21 - D1-28 - Watch Your Step 21.23

Session Recording:
Jan 21, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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