The Rolling Stones Song of the Day is I’m A King Bee. I’m A King Bee opens side 2 of the self-titled debut album by The Rolling Stones. The song was written by bluesman James Moore better known as Slim Harpo- and first performed by Harpo. The original was released in 1957 and it was Slim Harpo’s debut single. Harpo’s original would later receive a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Not only was it covered in 1964 by The Rolling Stones but the early Pink Floyd also covered it when they were known as The Tea Set. The Blues Brothers would later cover it on Saturday Night Live with John Belushi dressed up in his bee outfit. The Grateful Dead, The Doors and Led Zeppelin also would cover it.
I”m A King Bee is one of my favorite performances on The Rolling Stones debut album. The Stones stay true to Slim Harpo’s original but it has more rock and roll drive behind it and the guitars of both Brian Jones and Keith Richards stand out along with Mick’s singing. Mick would later say why would anyone listen to The Rolling Stones version when you could listen to Slim Harpo’s- and while Harpo’s original is the ‘go to’ version The Stones shine on their take of the song.
Slim Harpo would die young- in 1970 at the age of 46.