This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Friday, February 5, 2010
My Ding-a-ling - Mun pippeli
Kontra (see earlier entry) recorded "Mun pippeli" (My weenie) on their album "Kontran toinen puoli" in 1978. The lyrics - as always on Kontra's records - were done by Mauri "Moog" Konttinen. The original has usually been credited to Chuck Berry, who had a big hit with the song in the 70's. His version was recorded live during the Lanchester Arts Festival in Coventry, England, on 3 February 1972. It went to number one in UK, despite the lyrics with strong sexual innuendo caused many radio stations to refuse to play it. Yes, Chuck got the hit, but the real original was done by New Orleans musician, band leader, composer and arranger Dave Bartholomew already in 1952, with the title "Little Girl Sing Ding-a-Ling". BTW, Berry had in 1968 recorded his first version of this song called "My Tambourine". We present here the rarely heard Bartholomew's original version. But you can see and hear Berry perform it live in TV studio, here.