Saturday, November 12, 2005

OMG. Your WHAT??

Here's a jaw-dropping hit from a classic Rock and Roll star.....

My Ding-A-Ling
A classic rock and roll song by Chuck Berry

When I was a little biddy boy
My grandmother bought me a cute little toy
Silver bells hanging on a string
She told me it was my ding-a-ling-a-ling

My Ding-A-Ling My Ding-A-Ling
I want you to play with My Ding-A-Ling
My Ding-A-Ling My Ding-A-Ling
I want you to play with My Ding-A-Ling

Then mama took me to Grammar school
But I stopped off in the Besta Beau
Evertime that bell would ring
Catch me playing with my ding-a-ling

Once I was climbing the garden wall,
I slipped and had a terrible fall
I fell so hard I heard birds ring,
But held on to My ding-a-ling

Once I was swimming cross turtle creek
Man them snappers all around my feet
Sure was hard swimming cross that thing
with both hands holding my ding-a-ling

This here song it ain't so sad
The cutest little song you ever had
Those of you who will not sing
You must be playing with your own Ding-a-ling

And now, ... the man behind the madness:

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"Hey baby, do you know what I wanna play with?"

The Profile:

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926) is a highly influential African American guitarist, singer, and composer. Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri and was part of the first group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986. He received Kennedy Center Honors (an award that is awarded annually for exemplary lifetime achievement in the performing arts) in 2000.

Many of his songs are among the leading rock and roll anthems, like:

  • Johnny B. Goode
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Back in the USA
  • School Days

His iconic status in rock and roll history has inspired many other artistes, ranging from AC/DC (Johnny B. Goode) to the Beatles (Roll Over Beethoven) to Wyclef Jean (Let It Rock).

(If you want to check out his songs, including the infamous Ding-a-Ling one above, you can find the samples here)

The Song:

My Ding-a-Ling was a 1972 novelty hit record for Chuck Berry, and his only US number one hit. Its 2 weeks at number one in the Billboard hot 100 were preceded by Michael Jackson's Ben and followed by Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now". It was also Berry's only #1 hit in the UK.

The Meaning of the Lyrics:

The songs tells of how the singer received two silver bells from his grandmother, who calls them his "ding-a-ling". According to the song, he plays with it in school, and holds on to it in dangerous situations like swimming across a creek infested with snapping turtles. Finally he accuses audience members who do not want to join in and sing the song of being too busy playing with their own "ding-a-lings".

Construed by many as a lighthearted song about *coughcough* m@sturbati0n.... Chuck's song was rather controversial at the time. Many radio stations refused to play it despite its popularity and there were tries (by a certain Mary Whitehouse) to ban the song.


What a song.......

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1 comment:


    Penny For Your Thoughts

    Always thought Roll Over Beethoven was done by Little Richard
    Sonofacow | Homepage | 11.15.05 - 8:12 pm | #


    If he did, it was probably just a cover of Chuck's song.
    So many people have done covers of it...
    (the Beatles, the Sonics, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc)

    Chuck Berry is the original singer tho(released that song in 1965)..
    J to Cow | Homepage | 11.16.05 - 8:53 am | #


    1956, actually... not 1965.
    J to Cow | Homepage | 11.16.05 - 8:54 am | #


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