"Got My Mojo Working
" is a blues song written by Preston "Red" Foster and first recorded by Ann Cole in 1956. Muddy Waters
popularized it in 1957 and the song was a feature of his performances throughout his career. A mojo is an amulet or talisman associated with hoodoo, an early African-American folk-magic belief system. Inspiration to cover the song was probably Muddy Waters.The song was written by Preston "Red" Foster, an African-American musician. Muddy Waters' 1950 song "Louisiana Blues
" includes a reference to acquiring a mojo: "I'm goin' down in New Orleans, get me a mojo hand, I'm 'on show all you good lookin' women, yes how to treat your love". His popular 1954 song, "Hoochie Coochie Man
", written by Willie Dixon, also mentions it. Muddy Waters : " When you're writin' them songs that are coming from down that way [Mississippi Delta], you can't leave out somethin' about that mojo thing. Because this is what black people really believed in at that time ... even today [circa 1980], when you play the old blues like me, you can't get from around that."