Gimme Dat Ding

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"Gimme Dat Ding"
Gimme Dat Ding - The Pipkins.jpg
Single by The Pipkins
from the album Gimme Dat Ding
B-side "To Love You"
Released 1970
Genre Novelty, music hall
Length 2:10
Label EMI Columbia (UK), Capitol (US/Can)
EMI: DB8662; Capitol: 2819
Songwriter(s) Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood
Producer(s) John Burgess

"Gimme Dat Ding" is a 1970 popular UK song, of the novelty type, sung by "one-hit wonder" The Pipkins, and written and composed by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. The song reached number 6 on the UK Chart in March/April 1970. Released as a single, it is the title selection of an album which The Pipkins recorded and released on the EMI Columbia Records label. The song also appeared on the compilation of the same name, which The Pipkins shared with another up-and-coming UK 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, that of Tony Burrows, and a high tenor, that of Roger Greenaway. The voices are said to represent a piano and a metronome. The gravelly voice is also thought[by whom?] 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, of Wolfman Jack, or of the 1930s and 1940s film actor Eugene Pallette.[citation needed]

When Hammond and Hazlewood wrote and composed "Gimme Dat Ding," it was one selection 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 Garrity, was released on the album Oliver in the Overworld in 1970.

Use in media and cover versions[edit]

"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, #9 U.S Pop and #20 U.S. Easy Listening.[2]

In Australia versions by Frankie Davidson and Maple Lace were released to compete with the version by the Pipkins.[3]

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.[4]

In 1997 a cover of the song was used in adverts for Dairylea.[citation needed]

In March 2007, a cover version of the song 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[5] It also featured in the 1990s TV comedy/drama Ally McBeal.[6]

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

Norwegian a cappella quintet Bjelleklang recorded the song as "Gummihatt" ('Rubber Hat') in 1985.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Pipkins - Gimme Dat Ding Lyrics". 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 188. 
  3. ^ "Gimme Dat Ding - FRANKIE DAVIDSON (1970)". Pop Archives. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Music of The Benny Hill Show". Benny's Place. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Gimme Dat Ding by The Pipkins Songfacts". Retrieved 2015-12-21.