I Just Want to Make Love to You

"I Just Want to Make Love to You" is a 1954 blues song written by Willie Dixon, first recorded by Muddy Waters,[2] and released as "Just Make Love to Me". The song reached number four on Billboard magazine's R&B Best Sellers chart.[3]

"I Just Want to Make Love to You"
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Single by Muddy Waters and His Guitar
B-side"Oh Yeh"
ReleasedMay 1954 (1954-05)
Format10-inch 78 rpm, 7-inch 45 rpm
RecordedChicago, April 13, 1954[1]
GenreChicago blues
Length2:49
LabelChess
Songwriter(s)Willie Dixon
Producer(s)Leonard Chess, Phil Chess

Backing Waters on vocals are Little Walter on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Otis Spann on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and Fred Below on drums.[1] Waters recorded the song again for the album Electric Mud (1968).

Etta JamesEdit

"I Just Want to Make Love to You"
 
1996 UK CD picture sleeve
Single by Etta James
from the album At Last!
Released1961 (1961)
Format7-inch 45 rpm
RecordedChicago, 1960
GenreRhythm and blues
Length3:03
LabelArgo
Songwriter(s)Willie Dixon
Producer(s)Leonard Chess, Phil Chess

In 1961, Etta James recorded the song for her début album At Last! Her rendition also served as the B-side to her hit of that name. In 1996, it was released as a single in the UK after being featured in a Diet Coke advertising campaign.

James' version uses somewhat different lyrics than Muddy Waters' original.[citation needed] For example, "I don't want you to make my bed" becomes "I just want to make your bed". Instead of forgoing the traditionally female domestic chores eschewed in the original, James clearly states that she wants to perform all of those duties as well as "make love to you", whereas in the original, the male singer is essentially saying that his lover need not perform any of the traditional domestic duties—love making is all he needs.[citation needed]

The CD single also included James' "Tell Mama" and "Stormy Weather".

ChartsEdit

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 27
UK Singles Chart[5] 5
Chart (1998) Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[6] 31
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[7] 15

FoghatEdit

"I Just Want to Make Love to You"
 
1972 German picture sleeve
Single by Foghat
from the album Foghat
B-side"A Hole to Hide In"
ReleasedOctober 1972 (1972-10)
Format7-inch 45 rpm
Recorded1972
GenreBlues rock, hard rock
Length4:21
LabelBearsville
Songwriter(s)Willie Dixon
Producer(s)Dave Edmunds

Blues rock group Foghat released a studio version of "I Just Want to Make Love to You" on their self-titled debut album in 1972. The song was also released as a single and it became their first hit, reaching number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100.

An eight-minute version was included on Foghat Live. A 3:56 edited single was released "Fool for the City" as the B-side.[8] This single version reached number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100.

ChartsEdit

Chart (1972) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 83
Chart (1977) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[11] 28
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 33
US Cash Box Top 100[12] 31

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Definitive Collection (CD liner). Muddy Waters. Geffen Records. 2006. pp. 13, 15. B0006273-02.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Janowitz, Bill. "Muddy Waters: I Just Want to Make Love to You – Song review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 613.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Etta James – I Just Want to Make Love to You". GfK Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "Etta James | Artist". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "ultratop.be – Etta James – I Just Want to Make Love to You". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "ultratop.be – Etta James – I Just Want to Make Love to You". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "I Just Want to Make Love to You" b/w "Fool for the City" 7" 45 RPM. Bearsville Records (BSS 0319).
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ a b "Foghat Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1977-11-05. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  12. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 10/29/77". Tropicalglen.com. 1977-10-29. Archived from the original on 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2016-10-30.

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