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Album: Gimme Dat DingReleased: 1970Charted:
Hammond and Hazlewood wrote this for the children's television show Oliver And The Overlord. Later, it the became background tune used on The Benny Hill show.
The Pipkins were not a real group - the song was recorded by producer Roger Greenaway and session singer Tony Burrows. For live appearances, The Pipkins were Davey Sands and Len Marshall.
This was used on the TV show Ally McBeal
several times, for John Cage (played by Peter MacNicol) to do his "Angry Dance" to.
Singer Tony Burrows told the story of the song to Mojo magazine August 2010: "It was written for a children's TV programme called Oliver In The Underworld. "Freddie Garrity (of Freddie and the Dreamers) was the artist. It was the only song Freddie didn't do on the album, Roger Greenaway and I were booked to do backing vocals for the album at Abbey Road. Basically we made (Ding) in the studio. It was a conversation between a metonome and a pianola - the metronome had lost its click, so it was originally called Gimme Dat Click. But that wouldn't sing, so we changed it."
Burrows admitted to Mojo: "I was surprised it was a hit. It was banned in Italy, they thought it was vulgar."
Burrows was part of four different acts that had a hit song around this time. In addition to The Pipkins, he sang lead on Love Grows (where My Rosemary Goes)
by Edison Lighthouse, "My Baby Loves Lovin'" by White Plains, and "United We Stand
" by Brotherhood of Man. Burrows performed all three of these songs just mentioned in addition to "Gimme Dat Ding" on the BBC music show Top of the Pops
in 1970. He told Mojo
: "The producer said, 'The word has come from above that you're not to be used any more, people are beginning to think it's a con.' They banned me from Top of the Pops
. I was not played by the BBC for two years."