Little Red Rooster
Music/Lyrics: Willie Dixon
Vocals: Sydney Ellis
Original Artist: Howlin' Wolf
Original Album: The Rocking Chair Album (1962)
Historian: Kazimierz O. Wrzeszczynski
This barnyard blues song written by Willie Dixon and made famous by Howlin’ Wolf ’s amazing vocal rendition usually features a strong slide guitar whenever performed live. Phish’s single performance of this song on 2/25/97 doesn’t contain a slide guitar but features the strong lead vocals of Sydney Ellis, an American-born blues singer who lives in Germany and tours regularly throughout Europe with her group the Yes Mama Band. Phish and Sydney performed a standard blues rendering of “Red Rooster” highlighted also by a nice bluesy piano solo from Page.