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"Kiddio" is a 1960 R&B/pop song written by Brook Benton & Clyde Otis[1] and released as a single by Brook Benton. The single was the fourth time in a year that Brook Benton had topped the R&B charts. However, two of those times, he'd hit number one with duet partner, Dinah Washington. "Kiddio" also continued Brook Benton's popularity on the pop charts by making it his fifth top-ten pop single.[2] Kiddio was covered by Johnny Littlejohn in 1966 under the title "Kitty O". Johnny Littlejohn scaled back the instrumentation (no violins, or orchestral sounds) and applied an electric Blues guitar treatment to the song. Kiddio was later covered in 1990 by Native American Blues artist Charlie Musselwhite in 1990 under the title "Kiddeo". Charlie Musselwhite emphasized the modern harmonica Blues in his version.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Sides 1

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1990, The Paladins recorded a roots-rockabilly version on their Let's Buzz album.


  1. ^ BMI entry for Kiddio
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 54. 

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Preceded by
"A Woman, a Lover, a Friend" by Jackie Wilson
Billboard Hot R&B Sides number-one single
August 29, 1960 – October 24, 1960
Succeeded by
"Save the Last Dance for Me" by The Drifters