SIXTY MINUTE MAN

Latest update on 20/05/2010

Artist: Dominoes
Author: Rose Marks/Billy Ward
Label: Federal
Year: 1951

In days before they became Billy Ward & The Dominoes. Vocal: not Clyde McPhatter but their bass player Bill Brown. What's a sixty minute man? According to The Dominoes he's doing it with an hourglass: first 15 minutes of kissin', then 15 minutes of teasin', 15 minutes of squeezin' and finally 15 minutes of blowin' his top. Risky blues, n°1 R&B and in spite of being banned on the radio, a pop hit too. Risky blues - by definition - hits during a babyboom era. Wasn't even a single child: follow-ups soon followed: Can't Do Sixty No More and Don't Stop Dan, Dan being the original sixty minute man (see footnote).

Covers:

1951:

Du-Droppers [answer song Can't Do Sixty No More]

1957:

Jerry Lee Lewis [Sun recording Sam Phillips outvoted for single release; was that because he hated the song for preventing 'his' Rocket 88 to become the best selling R&B song of '52?]

1960:

Paul Evans

1960:

Untouchables

1962:

Clyde McPhatter

1972:

Trammps

1977:

Persuasions

1984:

Dana Gillespie

1992:

Big Daddy [in When I'm Sixty Four]

1995:

Risky Blues

Lovin' Dan, head character in Sixty Minute Man, must be a direct descendent of the Dan Tucker's or Jim Dandy's in 19th century minstrel shows. Then there's also The Lady's Man, Dapper Dan From Dixieland, a song from '21. Two years later The Black Dominoes cut a Dancin' Dan Foxtrot. Bessie Smith had her Hustin' Dan and Georgia White her Dan The Backdoor Man. Not to mention the Dapper Dan brylcream brand in O Brother, Where Art Thou.

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