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Performances Song History

Little Red Rooster

Music/Lyrics: Willie Dixon

Vocals: Sydney Ellis

Original Artist: Howlin' Wolf

Original Album: The Rocking Chair Album (1962)

Debut: 1997-02-25

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.

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