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"
ReleasedMay 1970
GenreNovelty, music hall
Length2:10
LabelEMI 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. 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.

Chart history[edit]

The song peaked at number 6 on the UK Chart in March/April 1970. It reached #7 in Canada, #9 U.S Pop and #20 U.S. Easy Listening.[1] It did best in New Zealand, where it reached number 1.[2]

Song profile[edit]

"Gimme Dat Ding"[15] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 188.
  2. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 13 July 1970
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Gimme Dat Ding". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1970" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 13 July 1970
  6. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 188.
  10. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 18, 1970
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  12. ^ https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=http://www.dutchcharts.nl/weekchart.asp%3Fcat%3Ds&prev=search
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1970/Top 100 Songs of 1970". musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  14. ^ http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/70s_files/1970YESP.html Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1970
  15. ^ "The Pipkins - Gimme Dat Ding Lyrics". Songlyrics.com. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-03-05.