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Big Ten Inch Record by Aerosmith
Album: Toys In The AtticReleased: 1975
The first vinyl records, released around 1900, were 10-inch, 78 RPM records. This song is specifically about the Blues recordings found on those records that influenced the band, but also about the sexual connotation that the singer has a 10-inch penis, which is made clear in the line, "Suck on my big 10-inch." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
"Big Ten Inch Record" was composed by Fred Weismantel and became a big hit on the R&B charts during 1952 for tenor-sax player Bull Moose Jackson.
By all accounts Jackson got his nickname because of his facial resemblance to the animal; his given name was Benjamin Joseph. Born in Cleveland Ohio on 22nd April 1919, Jackson's first instrument was violin and his career started as a crooner of pop standards.
This song has been covered a number of times. Of note is the version by Dana Gillespie in 1982 on her Ace album Blue Job. Her reading of the lyrics squeezes out every delicious double-entendre of the original. (thanks, Gary - Thetford, England, for above 2)
It was Aerosmith's drug dealer Zunk Buker who introduced them to this song. He heard the Bull Moose Jackson version on the Dr. Demento radio show and sent the band a copy of the song. Steven Tyler was struggling to come up with lyrics for the Toys In The Attic tracks, so adding a cover to the set took some pressure off of him.
Aerosmith used a horn section on this song, which included a bass saxophone played by Stan Bronstein. They also brought in Scott Cushnie to play the piano. Cushnie got the gig because he used to play in a band with Aerosmith's producer Jack Douglas.
When Steven Tyler released a country album in 2015, he cited this song as an example of the genre's influence on him. He says he was listening to a lot of Dan Hicks around this time.