George Thorogood recorded this song in 1977 and it remains quite popular today. But George actually combined two songs to make his version.
The first part of the song comes from the John Lee Hooker tune called House Rent Boogie
This is where the lyrics about the landlady wanting rent comes from. George used this as a back story as to why the central character in the song ends up at the bar.
The second half of the song is a cover of the John Lee Hooker tune of the same name
But George wasn’t the first to borrow or expand on these songs. John Lee also borrowed from a previous song
Amos Milburn recorded One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer In 1953. John Lee Hooker used the themes and chorus from this song but edited the verses to its essentials and added some narrative.
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