"I Just Want to Make Love to You" is a 1954 blues song written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters.[2] The song was a major hit, reaching number four on Billboardmagazine's Black Singles chart.

Backing Waters' vocals on the single were Little Walter on harmonicaJimmy Rogers on guitarOtis Spann on pianoWillie Dixon on bass, and Fred Below on drums.[1] Waters recorded the song again for the album Electric Mud (1968).


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Cover versions[edit]Edit

Etta James version[edit]Edit

"I Just Want to Make Love to You"
Single by Etta James
from the album At Last!
Released 1961 (b-side)

January 29, 1996 (single release)

Recorded 1960 in Chicago
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 3:03
Label Argo
Writer(s) Willie Dixon
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess

In 1961, Etta James recorded the song for her debut album At Last!. Her rendition also served as the B-side to her hit of that name and became popular in the UK in 1996 after featuring in aDiet Coke advertising campaign. As a result, the song was released as a single there. The Etta James version contains lyrical changes that affect the meaning of the song greatly, in an almost anti-feminist spin on the original. For example "I don't want you to make my bed" becomes "I just want to make your bed". Instead of forgoing the traditionally female domestic chores eschewed in the original, the lyrics that Ms. James sings clearly state that she wants to perform all of those duties as well as "make love to you", whereas in the original, the male singer is essentially saying that his lover need not perform any of the traditional domestic duties--love making is all he needs. In Etta's version, the woman would like to do it all. Critically speaking, this change in the lyrics directly contradicts the original sentiments of the song, and, some would say, reduces its emotional impact.

CD single[3]
  1. "I Just Want to Make Love to You"
  2. "Tell Mama"
  3. "Stormy Weather"


Chart (1996) Peak


Dutch Singles Chart[4] 27
UK Singles Chart[5] 5
Chart (1998) Peak


Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[6] 31
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[7] 15

Rolling Stones version[edit]Edit

"I Just Want to Make Love to You"
B-side to "Tell Me" by The Rolling Stonesfrom the album England's Newest Hit Makers
Released June 13, 1964
Recorded 1964 at Regent Studios, London
Genre Rock and rollrhythm and blues
Length 2:17
Label London 45-LON 9682
Writer Willie Dixon
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham, Eric Easton
England's Newest Hit Makers track listing
"Route 66"


"I Just Want to Make Love to You"


"Honest I Do"


The Rolling Stones recorded the song, with slightly modified lyrics, for their 1964 debut album The Rolling Stones (titled England's Newest Hit Makers in the US) and released the song as the B-side to "Tell Me" in America. A live version was later released on Rarities 1971-2003. The personnel was Mick Jagger on lead vocals and handclaps, Brian Jones on harmonica, tambourine, and backing vocals (near the end of the song), Keith Richards on Electric guitar, Bill Wyman on bass guitar and handclaps, and Charlie Watts on drums.

Foghat version[edit]Edit

"I Just Want to Make Love to You"
Single by Foghat
from the album Foghat
Released 1972, 1977
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1972, 1977
Genre Blues rockhard rock
Length 4:21 (1972 Studio)

3:56 (1977 Live)

Label Bearsville
Writer(s) M. Dixon, W. Dixon
Producer Dave Edmunds

Blues-rock group Foghat released a version of "I Just Want to Make Love to You" on their self-titled debut album in 1972 and released the song as a single the same year where it reached #83 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was their first hit.[8] A live version was released on Foghat Live and released another 45 rpm single with "Fool for the City" as the b-side, the single was edited from over eight minutes to 3 minutes and 56 seconds.[9] This single version reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100.[8]

Foghat's version of the song was used in the films Dazed and Confused and Halloween II. A version with modified lyrics was also used as introductory music to Wolfman Jack's radio show in the 1970's.

Other cover versions[edit]Edit

The song was performed by a supergroup consisting of Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and Little Walter on Super Blues in 1967.

The song has also been recorded by AdeleWillie DixonChuck BerryEtta JamesThe Sensational Alex Harvey Band, the Grateful DeadBuddy GuyMungo JerryThe KinksShadows of KnightRobben FordVan MorrisonLou RawlsThe Righteous BrothersThe YardbirdsThe AnimalsJanis SiegelMeat PuppetsCold BloodApril WineLouise HoffstenFoghatLee AaronSaxonNanette WorkmanSmithJames Blood UlmerJunior WellsMemphis SlimBo DiddleyJohnny OtisPaul RodgersThe New Orleans RadiatorsEddy ClearwaterThornetta DavisLouise Hoffsten, and Cash McCall.

A live version by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is featured on their career-spanning live set, The Live Anthology. The Bob Dylan song "My Wife's Home Town", from the 2009 albumTogether Through Life, is influenced musically by the song, and the album notes give credit to Willie Dixon. The song's lyrics however are entirely different. Spanish singer Soraya Arnelasreleased a Spanish version of the song, re-titled as "Tu Piel" on her 2005 album Corazón de Fuego.

The Dead Weather recorded live version of the song, and included it to a B side of their "Blue Blood Blues" single.

The Smashing Pumpkins covered the song live at The Double Door on the 28th of February 1995. This performance was included as a bonus track on the 2013 deluxe reissue of The Aeroplane Flies High.

The Violent Femmes' song "Gone Daddy Gone" on their 1983 eponymous debut album, contains an interpolation of lyrics from the song ("I can tell by the way that you baby talk...I could love you baby, it's a crying...")

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