Johnny Winter “Rock Me Baby”

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In 1973, after recovering from a heroin addition, Johnny Winter released the album “Still Alive And Well”.

The first track is a fiery version of the a B.B. King song called “Rock Me Baby”. It’s a prime example of why you’ll find Winter ranked #63 in Rolling Stones magazine’s top 100 Greatest Guitarists.

Take a listen:

“Rock Me Baby” is an example of blues rock at it’s best. It’s a great combination of high energy and peak guitar skills.  Winter, after all, is a guy who jammed with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters. It’s no wonder he could blaze up the fretboard.

Rock Me Baby Guitar Tab

Now, after hearing Johnny, I’m almost positive that you’re in the mood to learn a few of his licks, so feel free to download the PDF of the tab.

It’s a standard three chord song and most of the soloing is done with the Am pentatonic, but Johnny doesn’t rest for a moment. He fills up the song’s three minutes with enough hot licks to last a lifetime. On a meter of difficulty measured from 1 (easiest) to 10 (hardest), I’d give “Rock Me Baby” a solid 8, so be sure to pack a lunch.

Video Lesson

Need extra help learning the song? Here’s a nice video breakdown by Andy Aledort from Guitar World magazine:

Lyrics:

Oh, rock me, hey
Yeah

Rock me, baby, rock me all night long
Rock me all night long
Rock me, baby, rock me all night long
Want you to rock me like my back ain’t got no bone

Roll me, mama like a wagon wheel
Roll me, baby like you roll a wagon wheel
Rock ‘n’ roll, mama
Won’t you rock me, mama?
Know how it could have made me feel

Rock me, baby, rock me slow
Rock me on till I can’t rock no more
Rock me, baby, rock me all night long, hoo
Once you rock me like my back ain’t got no bone
Yeah, rock me

Rock me, mama, rock me slow
Rock me, baby, till I can rock no more
Rock me, baby, rock me all night long
Rock me all night long
Want you to rock me, baby, like my back ain’t got no bone
Yeah