Slim Harpo – A Swamp Blues Genius

Swamp Blues from Louisiana

We checked out the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.

Then we set off to find what had happened to James Moore AKA Slim Harpo the Excello label Swamp Blues maestro responsible for such gems as Shake Your Hips, I’m A King Bee and Got Love If You Want It – made famous by bands such as the Stones and Kinks.

I’d first heard Slim playing on a treasured album called Swamp Blues. He was a great favourite of mine. The man was a genius. I never got to see him perform because in 1970, just as he was organising a tour of Europe, he dropped dead from a heart attack. Such a great shame. He was only forty six.

It took us a long time to track down the graveyard where Slim Harpo was buried.

We found his grave in an overgrown section with trees growing out of his grave.

We paid our respects. Goodbye Slim and thanks for the music.

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