Baby What You Want Me To Do

A November 1959 release that was a hit in early 1960, Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me To Do” b/w “Caress Me Baby” on Vee-Jay 333 was a blues that actually charted in the pop Top 40.  His wife sings with him on it. I have a CD from the late 1980s, when studio chatter and alternate takes were all the rage in the reissue market, and just before “Baby What You Want Me To Do” the recording engineer is asking him the name of the next song.  Reed is so intoxicated he can’t remember the name of his own song.