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CHUCK BERRY – “My Ding-A-Ling”

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#323, 4th November 1972


I’ve rarely liked listening to other people have fun and “My Ding-A-Ling” is no exception. You can’t deny they’re having it, though, except maybe the people who won’t sing, pursued by Chuck Berry with a slightly worrying fervour (obviously everyone was singing, but he still sounds strangely like Graham Norton’s character on Father Ted). Berry’s enjoying himself most of all – or else he fakes it very well – so I’ve no time for the people who think of this as a blot on the man’s copybook, and good for him if he made some money off it. Hard to imagine this scrappy bag of dick jokes being any kind of hit even a few years later, though.



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    Cumbrian on 13 Jan 2011 #

    @49: A belated thanks for the tips: I shall look them out. I must have just missed your original post back when it was made (I was out of the country for a couple of days starting the 13th and it must have dropped off the front page by the time I got back).

    That 23rd Turnoff track is pretty good. I didn’t turn up much when I went searching for Roundabout back when I watched the Chuck performance in November. I should probably give them another crack on the evidence of the posted track.

    @50: Missed that – much like the Chess Doc I missed up thread, sounds like it’s one where I’ll have to hit the iPlayer.

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    punctum on 6 Mar 2011 #

    Apropos general R’n’R revival trend in ’72, here’s the latest TPL entry and there is a part of me that wishes that compilation albums still came out in this totally haphazard way: http://nobilliards.blogspot.com/2011/03/various-artists-25-rockin-rollin-greats.html

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    Ed on 9 Mar 2011 #

    @52 Another one that fits perfectly into your trend, again from 1972 (at least as a single), is this:


    By a strange piece of coincidence I have been rediscovering it, prompted by him being booked for Glastonbury.

    In its love for 50s rock’n’roll, and its genuine hatred of the proto-prog of Byrds, Dylan, Beatles and Stones, it is more passionately back-to-basics than the Ramones or The Clash.

    Don Mclean as the true godfather of punk, anyone?

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    punctum on 9 Mar 2011 #

    Well, that’s a new perspective for sure.

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    Erithian on 9 Mar 2011 #

    Ed – the “Vincent” thread might be a good place for this debate!

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    Conrad on 10 Mar 2011 #

    Re 50, talking of the James Brown offering – as self-effacing tribute band names go, The Below Average White Band always tickled me

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    Ed on 10 Mar 2011 #

    #55 Thanks. There are some great comments there. I will ride my broken-backed horse in that direction.

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    Lazarus on 27 Nov 2011 #

    Another one disinterred by The Kid on Smooth this evening. Time hasn’t improved it, sadly.

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    richard thompson on 28 Feb 2012 #

    The black and white footage of TOTP on you tube is the same as the programme that was on BBC4 with one verse cut out and the colour xmas Rolf Harris version, though I recall seeing drawings for the one lost episode of TOTP with photos of Mr Berry, at the end of the song I’m sure he sings I wanna play with my dick before saying everybody my oh my.

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    Lena on 21 Dec 2012 #

    C’mon let’s rock ‘n’ roll with the Osmonds: http://musicsoundsbetterwithtwo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/green-bubblegum-osmonds-crazy-horses.html Thanks for reading, everyone!

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    Mark G on 20 Mar 2013 #

    #42, #1(pt.3) also:

    A recent Wire interview (The band, not the magazine)

    Graham Lewis: “I was the last off the bus, and as I was removing my last bag our eyes met and I said ‘hello’ and (Chuck Berry) said ‘hi’. I said ‘I saw you play in Coventry in 1971, which was the gig where you recorded ‘My Dingaling’. I was on the production crew for the gig when I was at art school’

    “You know that’s future members of post-punk band Wire out there singing !???”

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    Adam on 22 Mar 2015 #

    A 1 from me… I have a completely irrational hatred of this song and can’t get through ten seconds. I’ll forgive the Brits but the fact this was Chuck’s only #1 Stateside is certainly a bigger sin than Engelbert/Strawberry Fields debacle. (Obligatory Chuck Berry Is Still Alive Reminder)

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    Kinitawowi on 22 Mar 2015 #


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    Jimmy the Swede on 18 Mar 2017 #

    RIP Chuck. A true rock and roll legend and indeed pioneer. 90, a great knock.

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