RISQUE BLUES ~ My Ding - A - Ling ~ ORIGINAL BLUES RECORDINGS
---WHEN BLUES WERE KING---
The year was 1944. A record store owner named Syd Nathan started a music company in Cincinnati, Ohio. He called his company "King Records." In his own words, it would be "King of them all." Indeed, King Records would take the lead as it produced and released some of the best Rhythm & Blues music of all time. Sixty years later, King Records current owner, Moe Lytle, is dedicated to keeping the gold mine of King's vintage Original Blues Recordings available to the public.
Risque Blues included racy, double-entendre Blues Recordings. The songs became popular because of the double-meanings in the lyrics were fun to listen to. The title cut, "My Ding-A-Ling," is a more "literal" song, but still a lot of fun. Chuck Berry had a #1 hit from his live version of the song in 1972. Berry first heard it when he bought Dave Bartholomew's record 25 years earlier. Bartholomew recorded the song on the DeLuxe label. All of Bartholomew's recordings were acquired by King Records when Syd Nathan purchased Deluxe in 1947. Wynonie Harris' double-entendre classic, "I Like My Baby's Pudding," along with his, "Sittin' On It All The Time," showcase Wynonie's aggressive vocal styling that paved the way for "Rock-N-Roll." Fluffy Hunter's graphic "My Natch'l Man," Roy Brown's awsome tenor vocals on "Butcher Pete" or Freddy King's "Let Me Be, Stay Away From Me," are among the other rich songs on this collection which represent the finest Risque Blues recorded on the historic King label.
King Records' Original Blues Recordings were a major influence on much of today's music. The Blues evolved into Rock-N-Roll and Rock evolved into Hip-Hop. The music vaults at King Records are still brimming with those landmark artists and songs that got it all started over half-a-century ago. After all these years, the "Blues" are still "King."
1. My Ding-A-Ling (Dave Bartholomew)
2. I Like My Baby's Pudding (Wynonie Harris)
3. My Natch'l Man (Fluffy Hunter)
4. Saturday Night Daddy (Little Esther with Bobby Nunn)
5. Sittin' On It All The Time (Wynonie Harris)
6. Can't Do Sixty No More (Billy Ward & The Dominoes)