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WATCH: Chuck Berry – “My Ding-A-Ling” – LIVE – 1972

Not sure what TV show this performance was from, but looks to me like BBC 2, although I’m sure one of our readers will help me out with that. Regardless, this is a great LIVE version of Chuck Berry’s “My Ding-A-Ling” which ended up being his only #1 song in the US. (You can get the original CD it was on, The London Chuck Berry Sessions, here.)

Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia:

“My Ding-a-Ling” is a novelty song written and recorded by Dave Bartholomew. It was covered by Chuck Berry in 1972 and became his only number-one Billboard Hot 100 single in the United States.  Later that year, in a longer unedited form, it was included on the album The London Chuck Berry Sessions. Guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh who later that year went on to form the Average White Band, played on the single along with Nic Potter of Van der Graaf Generator on bass.

“My Ding-a-Ling” was originally recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952 for King Records. When Bartholomew moved to Imperial Records, he re-recorded the song under the new title, “Little Girl Sing Ting-a-Ling”. In 1954, the Bees on Imperial released a version entitled “Toy Bell”. Berry recorded a version called “My Tambourine” in 1968, but the version which topped the charts was recorded live during the Lanchester Arts Festival at the Locarno ballroom in Coventry, England, on 3 February 1972, where Berry – backed by the Roy Young Band – topped a bill that also included Slade, George Carlin, Billy Preston and Pink Floyd. Boston radio station WMEX disc jockey Jim Connors was credited with a gold record for discovering the song and pushing it to #1 over the airwaves and amongst his peers in the United States. Billboard ranked it as the No. 15 song for 1972.

The song is based on the melody of the 19th century folk song “Little Brown Jug”.

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