Birmingham Bounce

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"Birmingham Bounce" is a 1950s song written by Hardrock Gunter. It has been recorded numerous times, the most famous version was recorded by Red Foley who made it a hit. The song was Red Foley's sixth number one on the Folk Record chart and spent a total of fifteen weeks on the chart. The B-side of Foley's "Birmingham Bounce", entitled, "Choc'late Ice Cream Cone" went to number five on the folk music charts.[1]

Others that have recorded Birmingham Bounce include Hardrock Gunter, Tommy Dorsey, Amos Milburn, Lionel Hampton, Sid Phillips, Ted Heath, and Tex Williams. Hardrock Gunter's original version recorded in 1950 was nominated in Jim Dawson and Steve Probe's book "What Was The First Rock and Roll Record?" as potentially the first rock and roll recording.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 123. 
Preceded by
"Long Gone Lonesome Blues" by Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys
Best Selling Retail Country & Western Records
number one single by Red Foley

May 27, 1950
Succeeded by
"Why Don't You Love Me" by Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys