MAMA GET THE HAMMER (THERE'S A FLY ON PAPA'S HEAD)

Latest update on 16/08/2009

Artist: Bobby Peterson Quintet
Author: Walter Bishop/Frank Davis
Label: V-tone
Year: 1961

Singer and piano player from Chester, Pennsylvania, member of The McCoys. Sang it as "there's a fly on baby's head". In his Creeper's Blues (Vocalion - 1929) the late Memphis bluesman Furry Lewis sings: "Mama get your hatchet, there's a fly on the baby's head".

Covers:

1963:

Homer & Jethro [polka version]

1965:

Lou Monte [pizza comic]

1984:

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages [as Mama Get The Hammer (There's A Fly On Baby's Head); Itchy & Scratchy version]

According to Barrence only an American can come up with lyrics like these. Walter Bishop also wrote Jack You're Dead and Swing, Brother, Swing (see there). Also: If You're So Smart (How Come You Ain't Rich), Everything That's Made Of Wood (Was Once A Tree) and Every Floor Has A Ceiling (And Every Ceiling Has A Floor).

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