Hi Heel Sneakers

Please see revised Post: Hi Heel Sneakers / Tommy Tucker

I would like to talk a little bit about the two people who produce this Blog. First off Myself, Gary who writes and provides the music, and Russ who does all of the posting and generally takes care of the Blog maintenance.

Even though we where not close friends in High School, in our old age and meeting each other again, we found one huge thing in common, “Music”.

Now, Russ is the musician; he loves much more intricate types of music, and generally understands the compositions much better than I do. Me, I’m just a straight ahead Rock & Roller, nothing fancy. That’s why I like old Dick Clark’s American Bandstand rating system: “It has a good beat and you can dance to it”. It is for that reason that I will show you just how simple I am. There are probably 100 great songs I really enjoy and my top 10 would surprise you. I am an “Old” Rocker by definition.

So with that in mind I will spotlight two songs. I think they are both by definition 12 bar blues; if they are not, Russ will remind me.

The first one I will pick is a song that I truly enjoy. It has been done by lots of Artists. Now this song, which made it too # 11 on Billboard in 1964 is Tommy Tucker’s “Hi Heel Sneakers”. It has been recorded by many people, so I will present some of the different versions that I enjoy.

(The other song is “Big Boss Man” – see next Post)

When I am finished with these two songs, I will make hard right turn and present someone who really never made it on the top 40, never ever, but I really enjoy his music and he would be classified as , Rockabilly, Blues and even Country and will be 75 this July. So keep reading the Blog.

Tommy Tucker

Hi Heel Sneakers:
Tommy Tucker Lyrics/Checker 1067/4/29/64/ # 11 Billboard


Other versions I enjoy:

Luther “Houserocker” Johnson

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells

Paul McCartney

Dee Clark

The Everly Brothers

(and just to keep my “Jazz” Partner happy) Ramsey Lewis



Tommy Tucker (born Robert Higginbotham, (March 5, 1933 – January 22, 1982) was an American blues singer and pianist. He was born in Springfield, Ohio. He is best known for the 1964 hit “Hi-Heel Sneakers” that went to number 11 on the Top 40 U.S. chart.

Over 200 artists have recorded this song. These include: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCarthy, Sammy Davis Jr., Janis Joplin, Tom Jones, John Lee Hooker, Cleo Laine, Pharoah Sanders, Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead and many more.

The song has appeared on several documentaries, movies, commercial jingles and television sitcoms, plus sporting events, magazines and every genre of media and music. It was voted in the Top 5 as a rhythm and blues standard in the history of music.

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4 responses to “Hi Heel Sneakers

  1. Love the Everly Brothers’ version of High Heel Sneakers. They always had a vocal “edge” – an almost sneering delivery – that you just don’t hear in modern country.

    • Hi John
      I think the Everly edge might be due to a combination of the close harmony intervals (mostly 3rds?) and the upper range resonances of their matched voices. They blended so well. Thanks for the comment. Hey, did you ever wear Hi heels? Isn’t there a line in a song about the low spark of high heeled boys?
      – Russ

  2. This song has been covered by more than 500 artist from every genre of music. It was said to be one of the songs that inspired the Beatles sound and continues to earn revenue although it is 46 years old. I like the Shortlist’s version and Urban Knights version, as well…None of them compare to the original with the guitar lick of Welton Young of “Dean & Jean” fame, the ”
    Tra-La-La-La Suzy duo, the other half being Brenda Jones-Melson.. One of the greatest songs in American music history. Came out in the mid 60’s which was a turbulent time then and this song was a happy song, about going out and how fine the girl was.

  3. Pingback: One Hit Wonders / 1964 | Russ & Gary's "The Best Years of Music"

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