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Ring My Bell by Anita Ward

Album: Songs Of LoveReleased: 1979Charted:
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  • This was one of first hit songs to feature a synthesized drum. The hook was the synthesized drum of Carl Marsh, which produced a sound that became copied by many other Disco records.
  • This was written by Ward's producer Frederick Knight, who is known for his 1972 hit "I've Been Lonely For So Long." He originally intended it for 11 year old Stacy Lattishaw, but when she signed with a different label, Ward was asked to sing it instead. She disliked the song and only recorded it as Frederick Knight insisted they needed another dance number on the album.
  • Ward started out as a Memphis Gospel singer. This was her only hit.
  • This song required 3 studios, 4 engineers, 2 remixers and a 'midnight mix by Richie Rivera' as well as the production of Frederick Knight to produce its innovative sound. Knight also provided backing vocals. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) recorded a Rap version in 1991.
  • Rapper Snoop Dogg disclosed to Clash magazine that this was the first record that he ever bought.
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Comments: 12

Wow! Back in '79 I was working at a record store in a huge mall when this song hit #1. Honestly, I came to hate this song after a few weeks! Guys would ring the bell on our front counter and say "you can ring mah bell!" In teenage boys it's obnoxious! It's no wonder this woman never had another hit. This song mustive ruined her career, even though it was a huge hit. Her voice was so tinny-sounding and just too sharp for my ears.Rotunda - Tulsa, Ok
I could never stand listening to this song.Larry - Coral Springs, Fl
When this song came out, I was a dj at a small am radio station in northeast arkansas, we were told that Ms Ward was a Memphis schoolteacher when she released this song. If that was true or not we didnt know but we said it anyway. Our am station was only 1000 watts so its not like we were going nationwide , KCCB Corning ArRich - Corning, Ar
Amazingly, I don't recall anyone at school poking fun at this song. I mean, even the jocks and freaks who hated disco got a kick out of it.Paul - Washington Dc, Dc
"Clean"? "Amazingly wholesome"??? This song is about a female asking her b/f to help her to reach orgasm!" They're married, so in the eyes of the Lord, all is groovey.Mike - Matawan, Nj
The bass guitar is the best part of this song. Absolutely brilliant. Plus, the percussion sounds so real that it's hard to imagine that it's a drum machine. Good work, Frederick K. and Anita W. (and the guitarists and bass player).Splat - Austin, Tx
"Clean"? "Amazingly wholesome"??? This song is about a female asking her b/f to help her to reach orgasm!Martin - London, England
Also covered by The Blood Sisters (Reggae), ending up in the Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Soundstrack, Ann Lee, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Tori Amos, Dynamic Duo, D'Flow Production Squad, Collette, Saïan Supa Crew, INOJ, Pato Fu and Joey BoyReinjan - Groningen, Netherlands
For some reason, Anita Ward sounds like a southern opera star in this song - like a southern version of Petula Clark. Why is that? That doesn't sound much like the others that made their disco hits. Anyway, this song is pretty good; it's CLEAN! Thank you, Anita! You seem to be one of a few. God bless Anita Ward!!Andrew - Birmingham, United States
Marvelous song. No, it's not about drugs, and they're a married couple, at home. Amazingly wholesome for the times.Mark - Lancaster, Oh
When I first heard part of this song, after she said, "While I put away the dishes", in the next line, I could've sworn she said something like, "Then you and me, can Rock a Bye". Wouldn't that make more sense? Since Rock a bye actually rhymes with the line, "I guess you did, by the look in your eye."Annabelle - Eugene, Or
WOW! Do you mean that this aint about drugs? LOLBobbie - Central, Nm