I'm A King Bee
Composer: Slim Harpo

I'm A King Bee was first performed by the Grateful Dead the early months of 1966. It was played over 30 times in the 1969 to 1971 period but was then dropped from the repertoire. It was performed again once in December 1993 and once in March 1994.

On recordings the song is credited to either Slim Harpo or to James Moore, which was his given name.

Slim Harpo

no info Single (I'm A King Bee / I Got Love If You Want It), 1957
info Tunes To Be Remembered, Various Artists, 1960
info Rainin' In My Heart, Slim Harpo, 1961
info The Best of Slim Harpo, 1969
no info He Knew the Blues, 1970
no info Slim Harpo Knew the Blues, 1971
no info Best of Slim Harpo: The Original King Bee, Slim Harpo, 1983
no info Scratch My Back: The Best of Slim Harpo, 1989
no info I'm a King Bee, 1989
no info Best Of Slim Harpo, 1992
info Blues Masters, Vol. 6: Blues Originals, Various Artists, 1993
no info The Best of the Blues, Various Artists, 1993
no info Hip Shakin': The Excello Collection, Slim Harpo, 1995
no info Dark Clouds Rollin': Excello Swamp Blues Classics, Various Artists, 1995
no info Living the Blues: Blues Legends, Various Artists, 1995
no info Mojo Workin': The Best of Ace Blues, Various Artists, 1995
no info The Essential Blues, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1996
no info The Best of Slim Harpo, 1997
no info Sting It Then!, 1997
no info Excello Blues: House Rockin' & Hip Shakin', Various Artists, 1997
no info Living the Blues: The Collection, Various Artists, 1998
no info Space Bunnies Must Die! Soundtrack, Various Artists, 1998
no info The Excello Story, Vol. 2: 1955-1957, Various Artists, 1999
no info Home of the Blues, Various Artists, 1999
no info Basic Blues, Vol. 6, Various Artists, 2001
no info You Can Make It If You Try, Various Artists, 2001
info I'm a King Bee: The Early Swamp Blues Classics, Slim Harpo, 2002
no info Best of Slim Harpo, 2002
info The Excello Singles Anthology, Slim Harpo, 2003
no info Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey, Various Artists, 2003
no info The Americana Series: The Best of the Blues, Various Artists, 2004
no info Blues Collection, Various Artists, 2004
info Blues Gold, Various Artists, 2006
info Blowing the Fuse: 31 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1957, Various Artists, 2006
no info The Blues Roots of the Rolling Stones, Various Artists, 2008
no info Essential Blues Anthology, Various Artists, 2008
no info Not Fade Away: 15 Classics That Fired Up the Rolling Stones, Various Artists, 2008
info The Roots of the Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2008

Grateful Dead

info Fillmore East 2.11.69, 1997
info Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead, 2000
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info The Birth Of The Dead, 2003
info Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966, 2005
info Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings, 2005
info Fillmore West 1969: Compilation, 2005
info Complete Live Rarities Collection, 2013
info Dave's Picks Vol 10: Los Angeles, 12/12/69, 2014
info Birth Of The Dead, Vol. 2 (The Live Sides), 2014
info Dave's Picks Vol 19: Honolulu, 1/23/70, 2016
info Fillmore West 1969: Feb 28th, 2019
info Workingman's Dead (50th Anniv. Edition), 2020

The Dead

info Mansfield, MA, June 22, 2003
info Morrison, CO, July 11, 2003


info Feb 27, 2010, Atlantic City, NJ
info March 6, 2011, Boston, MA


info Columbus OH, July 17, 2007
info Hampton Beach NH, October 27, 2007

Phil & Friends

info October 29, 2016, Port Chester, NY, 2016

Other recordings

no info Single (Going Through The Park / I'm A King Bee), Jimmy Anderson, 1962
info The Rolling Stones, Rolling Stones, 1964
info Say Siegel-Schwall, The Siegel-Schwall Band, 1967
no info Natural Man, Lou Rawls, 1971
no info Single (I'm a King Bee / Sunset), Freeway 75, 1973
no info Addressed to the Censors of Love, Gary Farr, 1973
no info School Punks, Brownsville Station, 1974
no info Sweet Blood Call, Louisiana Red, 1975
no info Walk On, Various Artists (Louisiana Red), 1977
no info Live, Mahogany Rush, 1978
no info In Heat, Big Sonny and the Lo Boys, 1979
no info Hot Licks And Fancy Tricks, Hank C Burnette, 1979
no info King Bee, Muddy Waters, 1981
no info Mindrockers, Vol. 5, Various Artists (Soul Trippers), 1982
no info Live At Heartbreak Hotel, Pretty Things, 1984
info Haunting Melodies, Marley's Ghost, 1987
no info Midnight Rambler, Louisiana Red, 1992
no info The Main Liners, Jim Christopher & Brown Burnett, 1992
no info Baby Let's Burn: Blues from Baton Rouge, Various Artists (Jimmy Anderson), 1992
no info A Texas Battle of the Bands, The Bad Seeds/Zakary Thaks, 1995
no info Small Town Baby, Jimmy Walker, 1995
no info Broken Angels, Gary Floyd Band, 1995
no info Blues Hangover, Various Artists (Jimmy Anderson), 1995
no info Dragonfly: The Best of Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, 1996
no info Live Bait, T-Bone Stone, 1996
no info Wallace Hartley & the Titanics, 1996
no info I See Trouble, Monti Blubinos Amundson, 1996
no info Darkness .... To Light, Robert Ross, 1996
no info Uncle Jimmy's Master Plan, Eugene Chadbourne, 1996
no info Hard Again/I'm Ready/King Bee, Muddy Waters, 1997
no info King of the Electric Blues, Muddy Waters, 1997
no info Walked All Night Long, Louisiana Red & Lefty Dizz, 1997
no info Steve Hill, Steve Hill, 1997
no info Love My Life, Hosea Hargrove, 1998
info When Do We Get Paid, Jimmy Carl Black, 1998
no info House Rockin' & Hip Shakin', Vol. 3: Killer Swamp Blues, Various Artists (Jimmy Anderson), 1998
no info Green Crystal Ties, Vol. 1: Garage Band Rebels, Various Artists (The Bad Seeds), 1998
no info The Rolling Stones/Undercover, Rolling Stones, 1999
no info Midnight Rambler, Louisiana Red, 1999
no info Ready Sect Go!, Thee Headcoats Sect, 1999
no info The Winter & Summer Sessions, Louisiana Red, 2000
no info Live in Chicago, Little Arthur Duncan, 2000
no info Backdoor Preacher Man, Gary Floyd, 2000
no info Mojo Workin', Various Artists (Muddy Waters), 2000
no info Live in Detroit (Cobo Hall, 05/08/1970), The Doors, 2001
info The Complete Vanguard Recordings and More, The Siegel-Schwall Band, 2001
no info Natural Man/Classic Lou, Lou Rawls, 2001
no info Psychedelic States: Florida in the '60s, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Soul Trippers), 2001
no info Excello: Genuine R&B, Various Artists (Jimmy Anderson), 2002
no info Blue Skies: Best of Muddy Waters, Muddy Waters, 2003
no info Rockin' in the Same Old Boat, Johnny B. Moore, 2003
no info 05/03 EP, 22-20s, 2003
no info Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live/King Bee, Muddy Waters, 2004
no info NYC Blues Devils, NYC Blues Devils, 2004
info Lightning In A Bottle, Various Artists (Steven Tyler and Joe Perry), 2004
no info Sydney Basin Blues Live, Tim Gaze & Rob Grosser with special guests, 2004
no info Diggin' for Gold, Vol. 4, Various Artists (The Kingbees), 2004
no info The Collection: Hard Again/I'm Ready/King Bee, Muddy Waters, 2005
no info Hoochie Coochie Man, Muddy Waters, 2005
no info A Tribute to Slim Harpo and Raful Neal, Kenny Neal, 2005
no info Buried Alive in the Blues, Chicago Blues Reunion, 2005
info The 1000th Show, Dark Star Orchestra, 2005
no info Set the Night on Fire: The Doors Bright Midnight Archives Collection, The Doors, 2006
no info Hell Yeah!, NYC Blues Devils, 2006
no info Rockin Blues Live, Ron Land, 2006
no info Rough Diamond, Dave Hole, 2007
no info Perfect Example, The Venice Bluecats, 2007
no info Fumbling with the Covers, Naked Eyes, 2007
no info When She Whispers Your Name, Buck69, 2007
info Garage Beat '66, Vol. 7: That's How It Will Be!, Various Artists (The Bad Seeds), 2007
info Live at the Matrix, The Doors, 2008
no info Magic Carpet, Loudest Whisper, 2008
no info Mindrocker: Anthology of 60s US-Punk Garage Psych, Various Artists (Soul Trippers), 2008
no info Big Town Playboy, Omar Kent Dykes featuring Jimmie Vaughan, 2009
info The Johnny Winter Sessions 1976-1981, Muddy Waters, 2009
info The Rolling Stones 1964-1969, The Rolling Stones, 2010

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