DRINKIN' WINE SPO-DEE-O-DEE

Latest update on 16/01/2015

Artist: Sticks McGhee
Author: Sticks McGhee/J. Mayo Williams
Label: Harlem
Year: 1947

Two years before his Atlantic recording, with his brother Brownie on guitar and second voice. Cut in Petersburg, VA, where Sticks was in the army and where this original recording was made. The song in fact is an army barrack classic ("Drinkin' wine, motherfucker, drinkin' wine"). Harlem was J. Mayo Williams' label, who claimed coauthorship for providing studio facility and for camouflaging that "motherfucker". In 1937 Lovin' Sam Theard & His Swinging Rascals (see also: You Rascal You) cut another Spo-Dee-O-Dee for that same J. Mayo Williams, so that's where he probably got the idea from.

Covers:

1948:

Lionel Hampton

1948:

Wynonie Harris

1949:

Sticks McGhee & his Buddies [for Atlantic; one of these buddies was his brother Brownie; relocated in New Orleans, the city where this song was already popular]

1949:

Andy Kirk & his Clouds Of Joy

1954:

Malcolm Yelvington [for Sun]

1956:

Johnny Burnette Trio

1959:

Jerry Lee Lewis

1961:

Lightnin' Hopkins

1971:

Ronnie Hawkins

1981:

Johnny Otis

1982:

Crazy Cavan

1987:

Chris Barber [with Dr. John]

1991:

Champion Jack Dupree [during his last session, released posthumously]

2005:

Tom Principato

The Harlem version was out of stock the moment it was becoming a hit in New Orleans where DJ Poppa Stoppa pushed it as the tune under one of his station commercials. Wynonie Harris was about to fill the gap, when Ahmed Ertegun cut him short with a new and better Sticks McGhee version, situated in New Orleans instead of Petersburg. That became the first hit for his brand new Atlantic label.

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