As strongly identified with the original artist as the song may be, Jimmy Reed didn't write this, a collaboration between his producer, Al Smith and Vee-Jay Records staff writer Luther Dixon. Structurally, the song may just be an up-tempo blues, but the stomp-time shuffle rhythm became one of blues/R&B/rock & roll's most signature beats. Tommy Tucker's "High Heel Sneakers" is totally based on Reed's "Bossman" rhythm, which also fuels the drive of Chuck Berry's "Memphis," the Newbeats' "Bread and Butter," the Ikettes' "Peaches and Cream," G.L. Crockett's "It's a Man Down There," and Marvin Gaye's "Can I Get a Witness" and "Wonderful One." The better-known cover versions of Reed's simple masterpiece include Charlie Rich on Groove, a live recording by Slim Harpo (unreleased until the 1990s), and, probably the most famous of all, Elvis Presley's '60s cover. The beat that launched a thousand hits.