Pistol Packin' Mama" is a 1943 song with the words composed by Al Dexter, who adapted the melody from Boil Them Cabbage Down. The song is notable in that it was the first number one on the Juke Box Folk Records chart, which was later known as the [1 ] Hot Country Songs chart. The version performed by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters was the first number on the Juke Box Folk records charts followed by the original version (recorded March 18, 1942) performed by [2 ] Al Dexter released on [3 ] Okeh 6708. The B-side of the Al Dexter version of "Pistol Packin' Mama, a song entitled " [1 ] Rosalita", would hit number one on the same chart later in the year.
Patty Andrews recalled that she and her sisters were quite amused and had to restrain their laughter when Crosby ad libbed "lay that thing down before it goes off and hurts somebody." [2 ]
Louis Jordan was performing a "hillbilly rendition" of the song, which drew laughs, during a November 1943 appearance in a show at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. [4 ]
Gene Vincent's 1960 British hit version features Georgie Fame on piano.
Flamin' Groovies did a cover the song on their 1969 debut album . Supersnazz
The chorus of the song was used for the 1970s UK television advertising campaign for
Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles, with the punning tag line "Pastille Pickin' Mama, pass those pastilles round". [5 ]
There is also a version of the song on an album titled
A.P.C. Presents: The Unreleasable Tapes with Bryan Adams being credited with the lead vocals. [6 ]
References [ edit ]
(1939) Music of Hawaii
(1939) Victor Herbert Melodies, Vol. One
(1939) Patriotic Songs for Children
(1939) Cowboy Songs
(1939) Victor Herbert Melodies, Vol. Two
(1939) George Gershwin Songs, Vol. One
(1940) Ballad for Americans
(1940) Favorite Hawaiian Songs
(1940) Christmas Music
(1940) Star Dust
(1941) Hawaii Calls
(1941) Small Fry
(1941) Under Western Skies
Song Hits from Holiday Inn (w/ (1942) Fred Astaire)
(1945) Merry Christmas
(1945) Selections from Going My Way
(1946) Selections from The Bells of St. Mary's
(1946) Don't Fence Me In
(1946) The Happy Prince
(1946) Selections from Road to Utopia
(1946) Stephen Foster Songs
(1946) What We So Proudly Hail
(1946) Favorite Hawaiian Songs, Vol. One
(1946) Favorite Hawaiian Songs, Vol. Two
Blue Skies (w/ (1946) Fred Astaire)
(1946) Jerome Kern Songs
(1947) St. Patrick's Day
(1947) Victor Herbert Songs
(1947) Cowboy Songs, Vol. One
(1947) Selections from Welcome Stranger
(1947) Our Common Heritage
(1947) El Bingo
(1947) The Small One
(1947) The Man Without a Country
(1947) Drifting and Dreaming
(1948) Blue of the Night
(1948) Selections from Showboat
(1948) Selections from Road to Rio
(1948) Cowboy Songs, Vol. Two
(1948) Auld Lang Syne
A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court (1949)
(1949) Bing Crosby Sings Songs By George Gershwin
(1949) South Pacific
(1950) Go West Young Man
(1953) Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris
(1954) Some Fine Old Chestnuts
(1954) Selections from White Christmas
(1954) Bing: A Musical Autobiography
(1956) High Tor
(1956) A Christmas Sing with Bing around the World
High Society (w/ (1956) Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, and Louis Armstrong)
(1956) Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around
(1956) Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings
(1957) Bing with a Beat
(1957) A Christmas Story
(1957) Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
(1957) Never Be Afraid
(1957) Jack B. Nimble – A Mother Goose Fantasy
(1957) New Tricks
Fancy Meeting You Here ( w/ (1958) Rosemary Clooney)
(1959) How the West Was Won
Bing & Satchmo (w/ (1960) Louis Armstrong)
(1960) 101 Gang Songs
(1960) Holiday in Europe
(1962) The Road to Hong Kong
(1962) On the Happy Side
(1962) On the Sentimental Side
(1962) I Wish You a Merry Christmas
(1963) Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre
(1963) Return to Paradise Islands
(1963) Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits
America, I Hear You Singing (w/ (1964) Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring)
12 Songs of Christmas (w/ (1964) Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring)
That Travelin' Two-Beat (w/ (1965) Rosemary Clooney)
Bing 'n' Basie (w/ (1972) Count Basie)
A Couple of Song and Dance Men (w/ (1975) Fred Astaire)
(1998) Bing Crosby: The Voice of Christmas
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