Gimme Dat Ding

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For the compilation album, see Gimme Dat Ding (album).
"Gimme Dat Ding"
Single by The Pipkins
B-side "To Love You"
Released 1970
Genre Novelty
Length 2:10
Label EMI Columbia (UK), Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood
Producer(s) John Burgess
Cat no. EMI DB8662/ Capitol 2819

"Gimme Dat Ding" is a 1970 popular song sung by "one-hit wonder" The Pipkins, written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. Released as a single, it is the title track of an album by The Pipkins on EMI Columbia. The song also appeared on the compilation of the same name, which The Pipkins shared with another up-and-coming group, The Sweet. It has also been included on many other compilation albums. The song was arranged by Big Jim Sullivan.

Song profile[edit]

"Gimme Dat Ding"[1] is a call-and-response duet between a deep, gravelly voice (Tony Burrows) and a high tenor (Roger Greenaway). The voices are said to represent a piano and a metronome. The gravelly voice is also thought to be an imitation of Arte Johnson's recurring dirty old man character "Tyrone F. Horneigh" on the NBC-TV show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, of Popeye the Sailor Man, or of Wolfman Jack.

Written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, "Gimme Dat Ding" was one track from their musical sequence "Oliver in the Overworld" which formed part of the British children's show Little Big Time hosted by Freddie and the Dreamers; this narrated a surreal story of a little boy seeking the parts to mend his Grandfather Clock. The lyrics of the song relate to this story, the song being sung by a metronome who has been expelled by the Clockwork King; the "ding" has been stolen from the metronome by the "Undercog". The original version of the song as performed by Freddie was released on the album Oliver in the Overworld in 1970.

"Gimme Dat Ding" was used (as Gimme Dat Ring) by Coca Cola to advertise their new Ring Pull Cans in the early 1970s. The song reached #7 in Canada.

In Australia versions by Frankie Davidson and Maple Lace were released to compete with the version by the Pipkins.[2]

In 1997 a cover of the song was used in adverts for Dairylea.[citation needed] The tune was one of several used as musical accompaniment to time-lapse slapstick scenes on The Benny Hill Show, along with "Yakety Sax," "Mah Na Mah Na," and others.[citation needed]

In March 2007, a cover version of "Gimme Dat Ding" received much publicity in Australia when the National Australia Bank used the track as background to its television advertisement for the Australian Rules Football Auskick program for junior footballers. The television advertisement is known as "Kick to Kick" and is available for viewing online[3] It also featured in the 1990s TV comedy/drama Ally McBeal.

A live version of "Gimme Dat Ding", performed at the Fremont Town Hall, appears on the album Shaggs' Own Thing by The Shaggs (Dorothy, Helen and Betty Wiggin). In 2011 the track was used on a commercial for Pukka Pies in the UK.[citation needed]

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