J. Geils Band

Whammer Jammer

Composed by Juke Joint Jimmy

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The studio version of "Whammer Jammer" is on the J. Geils Band's second disc, The Morning After, with a killer live take on their third lp and first stage recording Full House Live. It's a short ( two minutes, twenty-one seconds) but lively cover of a Juke Joint Jimmy tune which allows Richard Salwitz, a.k.a. Magic Dick, to do his thing. Covered by harp player Mike Stevens on a 1992 release, this was the song that really put Magic Dick on the map as the quintessential rock & roll harmonica man. Where a Stevie Wonder will make the harp a sweet sounding instrument helping him rejoice sentiments like "I Was Made To Love Her", Magic Dick does the opposite, burning sounds into the consciousness as deftly as any great lead guitarist. Playing against Seth Justman's honky tonk piano, Peter and Jay stay back so that Dickie can do his thing. Songwriter Juke Joint Jimmy is a legendary figure with the Geils crew, having also written "Cruisin' For A Love" and "It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It"). One informed (and anonymous) source said "his 45 rpm was his first and only album."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Morning After 1971 Rhino Atlantic 2:38
Live: Full House 1972 Atlantic 2:37
Best of the J. Geils Band [Atlantic] 1979 Atlantic 2:45
Houseparty: Anthology 1992 Rhino 2:48
Must of Got Lost 1995 Rhino
Blues Masters, Vol. 16: More Harmonica Classics 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:46
No Image 2001 7:04
Legends of Harmonica 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Looking for a Love 2004 Rhino Flashback 2:49
Fever Pitch [2005 Original Soundtrack] 2005
Original Soundtrack
Ryko Distribution / Bulletproof/Rykodisc 2:46
All the Beer Songs 2005
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Best of the J. Geils Band [Capitol] 2006 Capitol/EMI Records / EMI Music Distribution 2:42
The Seventies: Heavy Guitar Boogie 2007
Various Artists
American Beat Records 2:48
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino 2:38
Classic Rock: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
House Party: Live in Germany 2015 Eagle Vision 2:48
Born to Rock: 60 Tracks of Classic Rock
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
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