1977 Foghat – I Just Want To Make Love To You (Live)
Three former members of Savoy Brown and a slide guitarist from Black Cat Bones joined forces in early 1971 and formed Foghat in England. The group’s name was a nonsense word from a picture in a kid’s game that is similar to Scrabble.
The group relocated to the US a year later after signing with Bearsville Records. Dave Edmunds had just reached the top ten on the Hot 100 with his cover version of I Hear You Knocking, and he produced the band’s first album.
Willie Dixon wrote the song Just Make Love to Me in 1954 and Muddy Waters recorded the song and took it to #4 on the R&B chart.
Etta James recorded the song on her 1960 album that included At Last but gave the song a new title: I Just Want To Make Love To You. They did not initially release the recording as a single. When a portion of the song got used in an ad for Diet Coke in 1996, popular demand resulted in the release of a single that reached the top ten in the UK and Ireland.
Foghat included the song on their first album and it became their first single as well (with Fool For The City as the B-side). Despite heavy FM radio airplay, the single stalled at only #83 on the Hot 100.
Some bands simply sound better live than they do in the studio, and perhaps that explains why Foghat had so much trouble reaching the charts. The band’s best-selling album was Foghat Live, which included an eight-minute live version of I Just Want To Make Love To You. A quick edit created a four-minute single version that reached #33 on the Hot 100 in 1977.
A few more hits followed before the band split up in 1984. The original members reformed in 1993 and their original lead guitar player still leads a touring band.
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