Ring My Bell

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"Ring My Bell"
Single by Anita Ward
from the album Songs of Love
A-side "Ring My Bell"
B-side "If I Could Feel That Old Feeling Again"
"Make Believe Lovers" (alternate B-side)
Released May 17, 1979
Format 7-inch single, 12-inch single
Genre Disco,[1] rhythm and blues[2]
Length 4:28
Label Juana Records
Writer(s) Frederick Knight
Producer(s) Frederick Knight
Anita Ward singles chronology
"Ring My Bell"
(1979)
"Don't Drop My Love"
(1979)

"Ring My Bell" is a 1979 disco song by Anita Ward. It was originally written for then eleven-year-old Stacy Lattisaw, as a teenybopper song about kids talking on the telephone.[3] When Lattisaw signed with a different label, Ward was asked to sing it instead, and it became her only major hit.[4]

The song hit number one on the disco charts.[5] "Ring My Bell" went to number one on both the Billboard Hot 100, and soul singles chart.[6] It also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.

"Ring My Bell" has been covered by many artists since its original release, including DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Ann Lee, Tori Amos, Blood Sisters, Dynamic Duo, D'Flow Production Squad, Collette, Saïan Supa Crew, INOJ, Pato Fu, Joey Boy, Sxip Shirey, and Princess X (a modern interpolation under the title "Gimme All (Ring My Bell)"). It has also been remixed many times.

Instrumentation[edit]

The song is characterized by the sound of chimes and of the Synare electronic drum playing a decaying high-pitched tom tone.

Charts performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 4
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[10] 1
Canadian RPM Disco Singles[11] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[12] 1
Germany (Media Control AG)[13] 3
Irish Singles Chart[14] 2
Italy (FIMI)[15] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 2
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[17] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 1
South African Chart[20] 3
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 5
UK (Official Charts Company)[24] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[25] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[25] 1

Uses in other media[edit]

The song was included in the films Playgirl (1981), A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), The Waterboy (1998), Mystery Men (1999), Corky Romano (2001), Dahmer (2002), The Possible (2006), Are We Done Yet? (2007), and The Book of Eli (2010). It has been used in advertisements for Burger King (1997), Heinz baked beans (2008), Telus, and as part of a radio-station loop in the video games True Crime: New York City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The track is also featured as one of the songs in Just Dance (2009).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greg Prato. "Anita Ward biography on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 July 2013.  "the '70s disco scene was littered with countless one-hit wonders, including Anita Ward."
  2. ^ Sonja L. Lanehart (2001). John Benjamins Publishing, ed. Sociocultural and Historical Contexts of African American English. p. 290. ISBN 978-1588110466.  "two lines from a popular rhythm and blues song from the 1970s, "You Can Ring My Bell", by Anita Ward"
  3. ^ Ring My Bell, Ring My Bell, Super Seventies Rock Site
  4. ^ Ring My Bell Songfacts
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 274. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 608. 
  7. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (1979). Billboard 1 september 1979. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Anita Ward – Ring My Bell – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Anita Ward – Ring My Bell" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Ring my bell in Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ring my bell in Canadian Disco Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ring my bell in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Anita Ward - Ring My Bell". Charts.de. Media Control.
  14. ^ "Ring my bell in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 3 June 2013.  Only one result when searching "Ring my bell"
  15. ^ "The best-selling singles of 1979 in Italy". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
    39. Ring my bell - Anita Ward [#9]
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Anita Ward search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Anita Ward – Ring My Bell" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Anita Ward – Ring My Bell". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Anita Ward – Ring My Bell". VG-lista.
  20. ^ John Samson. "Ring my bell in South African Chart". Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  21. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (1979). Billboard 29 september 1979. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Anita Ward – Ring My Bell". Singles Top 60.
  23. ^ "Anita Ward – Ring My Bell – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "1979 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 16th June 1979". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  25. ^ a b c "Songs of Love awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Dancer " / "Dance to Dance" by Gino Soccio
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
May 19, 1979
Succeeded by
"Hot Stuff" / "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer
Preceded by
"We Are Family" by Sister Sledge
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number one single
June 16 - July 14, 1979
Succeeded by
"Bad Girls" by Donna Summer
Preceded by
"Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 30 - July 7, 1979
Succeeded by
"Bad Girls" by Donna Summer
Preceded by
"Sunday Girl" by Blondie
UK number-one single
16 June 1979 - 23 June 1979
Succeeded by
"Are 'Friends' Electric?" by Tubeway Army
Preceded by
"We Are Family" by Sister Sledge
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
July 28, 1979 - August 4, 1979
Succeeded by
"Bad Girls" by Donna Summer