Ring My Bell

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"Ring My Bell"
Ring My Bell by Anita Ward US vinyl red label A-side.png
One of A-side labels of the U.S. 7-inch vinyl single
Single by Anita Ward
from the album Songs of Love
B-side
  • "If I Could Feel That Old Feeling Again"
  • "Make Believe Lovers" (alternate B-side)
Released 1979
Format
Genre Disco[1]
Length
  • 4:28 (album)
  • 3:30 (7" single)
  • 8:08 (12")
Label Juana Records (through TK)
Songwriter(s) Frederick Knight
Producer(s) Frederick Knight
Anita Ward singles chronology
"Ring My Bell"
(1979)
"Make Believe Lovers"
(1979)

"Ring My Bell" is a 1979 disco song written by Frederick Knight. The song was originally written for then eleven-year-old Stacy Lattisaw, as a teenybopper song about kids talking on the telephone.[2] When Lattisaw signed with a different label, Anita Ward was asked to sing it instead, and it became her only major hit.[3]

Ward's single hit number one on the disco charts.[4] "Ring My Bell" went to number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Soul Singles chart.[4] It also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.[5][6] It also garnered Ward a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1980 Grammy Awards.[7]

Composition[edit]

The song is noted for its innovative use of the Synare electronic drum, playing a decaying high-pitched tom tone on the first beat of every bar. It also uses chimes. The lyrics concern a woman encouraging her partner to relax with her after a hard day at work.[8]

The lyric "You can ring my bell" was seen as sexually suggestive according to The Slanguage of Sex (1984), "'You can ring my bell any time you want to' would be regarded as a 'come-on' phrase in the US if used by a female," and "Songs like 'Ring My Bell' by Anita Ward caused scarcely a raised eyebrow in the '70s."[9] Billboard magazine included the song on its list of the 50 sexiest songs of all time.[8] Knight, however, said that he deliberately avoided any overly suggestive lyrics, wanting to project a clean-cut image for Ward.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

Collette version[edit]

"Ring My Bell"
Ring My Bell by Collette.jpg
Artwork for Australian and New Zealand releases, also used for UK release with different titling layout
Single by Collette
from the album Raze the Roof
Released February 27, 1989[47]
Format 7" single, 12" single, cassette single, CD single
Recorded Studios 301, Sydney
Length 3:22
Label CBS Records
Songwriter(s) Frederick Knight
Producer(s) Kirke Godfrey, Peewee Ferris
Collette singles chronology
"Ring My Bell"
(1989)
"All I Wanna Do Is Dance"
(1989)

"Ring My Bell" was covered by New Zealand-born, Australian pop singer Collette. It was released in 1989 as her debut single. The song peaked at number 5 on the ARIA Charts and was certified gold by ARIA.[48]

Track listing[edit]

7" (CBS 654631)

  • Side A "Ring My Bell" – 3:22
  • Side B "Save Yourself" – 4:06

12"

  • Side A1 "Ring My Bell" (Ring-a-Ling Mix) – 6:12
  • Side A2 "Ring My Bell" (Ding-Dong Mix) – 5:41
  • Side B1 "Ring My Bell" (Survival Mix) – 5:53
  • Side B2 "Ring My Bell" (Pow Wow Mix) – 6:39

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[49] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[50] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[51] 93

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Rank
Australia (ARIA)[52] 29

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[48] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c "Disco Top 80". Billboard. May 19, 1979. p. 55. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  5. ^ a b c "Anita Ward: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 591. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Anita Ward". Grammy.com. Retrieved May 3, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "The 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time". Billboard. February 11, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ McConville, Brigid; Shearlaw, John (1984). The Slanguage of Sex. Macdonald. p. 31. 
  10. ^ Grein, Paul (June 9, 1979). "Memphis Teacher's Disk Cracks Top 10". Billboard. p. 9. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  11. ^ "Billboard – Hits of the World". Billboard. 91 (35): 57. September 1, 1979. ISSN 0006-2510. 
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  30. ^ "Hot Soul Singles". Billboard. June 16, 1979. p. 90. ISSN 0006-2510. 
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  49. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Collette – Ring My Bell". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
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