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Automatic Slim is the name of a character borrowed from “Wang Dang Doodle” a blues song written by Willie Dixon. It was first recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1960 and released by Chess Records in 1961.

From Wikipedia:

“Wang Dang Doodle” was composed by Willie Dixon during the second part of his songwriting career from 1959 to 1964. During this period, he wrote many of his best-known songs, including “Back Door Man“, “Spoonful“, “The Red Rooster” (better-known as “Little Red Rooster“), “I Ain’t Superstitious“, “You Shook Me“, “You Need Love” (adapted byLed Zeppelin for “Whole Lotta Love“), and “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover“. In his autobiography, Dixon explained that the phrase “wang dang doodle” “meant a good time, especially if the guy came in from the South. A wang dang meant having a ball and a lot of dancing, they called it a rocking style so that’s what it meant to wang dang doodle”. Rowe writes that Dixon’s song is based on “an old lesbian song” – “The Bull Daggers Ball” – with “its catalog of low-life characters only marginally less colourful that the original”. Dixon claimed that he wrote it when he first heard Howlin’ Wolf in 1951 or 1952, but that it was “too far in advance” for him and he saved it for later. However, Wolf supposedly hated the song and commented, “Man, that’s too old-timey, sound[s] like some old levee camp number“:

Lyrics:

 

Tell Automatic Slim

Tell Razor Totin' Jim
Tell Butcher Knife Totin' Annie

Tell Fast Talking Fanny
We gonna pitch a ball

A down to that union hall
We gonna romp and tromp till midnight

We gonna fuss and fight till daylight
We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long


All night long

All night long

All night long

All night long

We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long
 

Tell Kudu-Crawlin' Red

Tell Abyssinian Ned
Tell ol' Pistol Pete

Everybody gonna meet
Tonight we need no rest

We gonna really throw a mess
We gonna knock down all of the windows

We gonna kick down all the doors
We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long

 

All night long

All night long

All night long

All night long

We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long



Tell Fats and Washboard Sam

That everybody gonna to jam
Tell Shaky and Boxcar Joe

We got sawdust on the floor
Tell Peg and Caroline Dye

We gonna have a heck of a time
When the fish scent fill the air

There'll be snuff juice everywhere
We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long

 

All night long

All night long

All night long

All night long

We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long


All night long, all night long, all night long, all night long

 

Howlin’ Wolf recorded the song in June 1960 in Chicago during the same sessions that produced “Back Door Man” and “Spoonful”. Backing Howlin’ Wolf on vocals are Otis Spann on piano, Hubert Sumlin on guitar, Dixon on bass, and Fred Below on drums. Freddy King has also been identified as possibly a second guitarist. In 1961, Chess issued the song as the B-side to “Back Door Man”, however, neither song appeared in the record charts. Both songs are included on Howlin’ Wolf’s popular 1962 compilation album Howlin’ Wolf, also called The Rockin’ Chair Album and many subsequent compilations.

Howlin' Wolf 1972