Watermelon Man

  • Published on:  Sunday, March 21, 2010
  • Hancock re-recorded the tune for Head Hunters (1973), combining synthesizers with a Sly Stone and James Brown funk influence, adding an eight-bar section. Hancock described his composition "Chameleon", also from Head Hunters, to Down Beat magazine in 1979: "In the popular forms of funk, which I've been trying to get into, the attention is on the rhythmic interplay between different instruments. The part the Clavinet plays has to fit with the part the drums play and the line the bass plays and the line that the guitar plays. It's almost like African drummers where seven drummers play different parts"; "Watermelon Man" shares a similar construction. A live version was released on the double LP Flood (1975), recorded in Japan.

    On the intro and outro of the tune, percussionist Bill Summers blows into a beer bottle imitating hindewhu, a style of singing/whistle-playing found in Pygmy music of Central Africa. Hancock and Summers were struck by the sound, which they heard on the ethnomusicology LP, The Music of the Ba-Benzélé Pygmies (1966), by Simha Arom and Genviève Taurelle.
  • Source: https://youtu.be/4bjPlBC4h_8


  • RPete100


     5 hours ago


  • Boodie Noonga

    Boodie Noonga

     4 days ago +1

    The witches hat

  • Andre Smith

    Andre Smith

     4 days ago

    HEAD HUNTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sit back and enjoy the instruments people. Real classic funk from another time.

  • kirby loves pills

    kirby loves pills

     5 days ago

    me when watermelon

  • Anonymous


     5 days ago +2

    Lol I got a Herbie Hancock ad for this video... google advertising is so creepy.

  • C Will121

    C Will121

     7 days ago

    “Playing on the same festivals with him, “Dizzy” and i was playing for “Kenny Garetts” “BLACK HOPE” album at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Such a great memory, ….. Drummin my life into Higher Vibrations…. So… PLease subscribe to my page. LOVE YOU ALL. TOP LIFE to you.

  • Poot


     7 days ago +1

    I feel black right now.

  • Ms. Suki Washington

    Ms. Suki Washington

     7 days ago

    Im thinking about some mustard greens, yams, black eye peas, fried chicken & some hot water cornbread.iced cold glass of tea..with my bottle of hot sauce on the side..2019

    Put your choice of meat here( ) & have a funky day..

  • c0w


     14 days ago

    this song makes my wanna skate down a smooth road down a city at night

  • Padruig Klatt

    Padruig Klatt

     14 days ago +3

    I jack off to this

  • Nova


     14 days ago

    This song is a bit strange, but no doubt it is a bop

  • Blueberry


     14 days ago +3

    This song puts a big fat smile on my face

    Also I love all the positive storey's people have in the comment section, reading them is great

  • Miles Pierre

    Miles Pierre

     14 days ago +1

    I still love the jazz version better

  • Mr. SaggyTitties

    Mr. SaggyTitties

     14 days ago +2

    I was recommended this because of the legend of Zelda forest temple theme...

  • watermelon man

    watermelon man

     14 days ago


  • eddy


     14 days ago

    Esta canción es demasiado buena.

  • Nikko Nikole

    Nikko Nikole

     21 days ago

    Y'all remember this from the Wiz

  • HuesingProductions


     21 days ago

    Und dann hab ich noch einen getreten

  • Dalila Dalléas Bouzar

    Dalila Dalléas Bouzar

     21 days ago

    la premiere minute est la meilleure selon moi

  • Anonymous Goat

    Anonymous Goat

     21 days ago +1

    At around 2:06 he play the l i c c