My Ding-a-Ling: Chuck Berry

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  1. hedley Says:

    A genuinely awful remake by one Chuck Berry which became an extended 11 minute version on the otherwise excellent London Sessions.

    A novelty song with innuendo that was repeated over and over on Top of the Pops. In terms of naughtiness, Reelin and a Rockin from the same album was far more “direct”.

    My Ding-A-Ling was all over Christmas 1972. I bought the album and let that particular tune sit it out.


    • katry Says:

      My comments are not appearing in my e-mail so I have to go through the dashboard which is how I found this comment.

      I don’t think I have ever heard a different version of this song other than Chuck’s. Now you have me curious about this and Reelin and a Rockin, also a song I don’t know.

  2. J Says:

    My father brought an un-listened-to 45rpm home from work one night. He put it on, to play for the family at dinnertime. He was horrified…it barely made it to second chorus…
    An interesting overview of the song’s history is at
    The article first appears there as a pdf, but the text follows below the news article…
    It was Berry’s first Big Commercial Hit… a novelty song, recorded live, at a concert that had Pink Floyd as next act!

    • katry Says:

      I’m still trying to digest that last sentence. Pink Floyd and Chuck Berry? An odd combo.

      I’m amazed your father bought a record. I’m not even sure my father knew what records were. What compelled him to buy it?

      I can understand his horror given how so many of the songs from the 30’s and 40’s were sexual or drug related but disguised as something else though everyone knew.

  3. J Says:

    He didn’t buy it – a work friend loaned it to him to listen to it. He returned it.
    Earlier he had bought a component stereo system, but my mom thought it was ugly – he returned it and got a console ‘furniture’ stereo. They liked big band and he liked jazz. My first record was played on that ‘furniture’: The Highwaymen “Michael Row The Boat Ashore”. It was 1960. I was 9.

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