Quarter To Three

Album: Dance 'Til Quarter to Three (1961)
Charted: 7 1
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  • Don't you know that I danced
    I danced till a quarter to three
    With the help, last night, of Daddy G
    He was swingin on the sax like a nobody could
    And I was dancin' all over the room
    Oh, don't you know the people were dancin'
    Like they were mad
    It was the swingin'est band they had ever had
    It was the swingin'est song that could ever be
    It was a night with Daddy G
    Let me tell you now
    I never had it so good
    Yeah and I know you never could
    Until you get hip with that jive
    And take a band like the Church Street Five
    Oh don't you know that I danced
    I danced till a quarter to three
    With the help last night of Daddy G
    Everybody was as happy as they could be
    And they were swingin with Daddy G
    Blow Daddy

    Let me tell you now
    I never had it so good
    Yeah and I know you never could
    Until you get hip with that jive
    And take a band like the Church Street Five
    Oh don't you know that I danced
    I danced till a quarter to three
    With the help last night of Daddy G
    He was swingin on the sax like nobody could
    And I was dancin all over the room
    Oh don't you know the
    Dance, do bee wa dah
    Dance, do bee wah dah
    You can dance, do bee wah dah
    You can dance, dance, dance

Comments: 10

  • G Whiz from NycBand named "Church Street 5"..can someone please tell me what CITY church street was in
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NySixty years ago today in 1961 {June 26th} "Quarter To Three" by Gary 'U.S.' Bonds peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    "Quarter To Three" peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart and reached #7 in the United Kingdom...
    Between 1960 and 1982 the Jacksonville, Florida native had eleven records on the Top 100 chart, five made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, the above "Quarter To Three"...
    Besides "Quarter To Three", his other four Top 10 records were "New Orleans" {#6 for one week in November of 1960}, "School Is Out" {#5 for one week in September of 1961}, "Dear Lady Twist" {#9 for one week in February of 1962}, and "Twist, Twist Senora" {#9 for one week in May of 1962}...
    He just missed having a sixth Top 10 record when his "This Little Girl" peaked at #11 for three weeks in June of 1981...
    Gary 'U.S.' Bonds, born Gary Levone Anderson, celebrated his 82nd birthday twenty days ago on June 6th, 2021...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of Billboard's Top 10 on June 26th, 1961:
    At #2. "Raindrops" by Dee Clark
    #3. "Moody River" by Pat Boone {was the #1 record the previous week}
    #4. "Tossin' And Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis
    #5. "Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson
    #6. "The Writing On The Wall" by Adam Wade
    #7. "The Boo Weevil Song" by Brook Benton
    #8. "Every Beat of My Heart" by The Pips
    #9. "Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)" by Little Caesar and the Romans
    #10. "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Nyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MisEdV89Yp8
  • Rich from New JerseyThis song hit #1 the week I graduated from high school. The story that went around at the time is that it was recorded at a big party to celebrate the success of Gary's previous hit, "New Orleans." This would explain the poor quality and raucusness of the recording.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 18 1962, Gary "U.S." Bonds performed "Twist, Twist, Senora" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    Seven days later on March 25th, 1962 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #68; six weeks later on May 6th, 1962 it peaked at #9 {for 1 week} and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    It was the last of his five Top 100 records; started with "New Orleans" {#6}, followed by "Quarter to Three" {#1 for 2 weeks}, "School is Out" {#5}, "Dear Lady Twist" {#9}, and then finally this one...
    Gary 'U.S.' Bonds; born Gary Levone Anderson, will celebrate his 76th birthday in three months on June 6th {2015}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 21st 1961, 'A Night With Daddy G" by the Church Street Five peaked at #11 on Billboard's Bubbling Under the Top 100 chart; it never did make the Top 100 in its instrumental* form...
    But when lyrics were added, "Quarter to Three" would enter the Top 100 on May 22nd, 1961 at position #99, and five weeks later on June 26th, 1961 it would peak at #1 {for 2 weeks} and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    * Actually "A Night with Daddy G" did have a few lyrics; they were 'Wop Wop, Oh Yeah'; and the song is available on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5YWxO_lHsk.
  • Elmer H from Westville, OkQuarter to Three was a monster hit back in 1961 and a fav of teen dance parties & the dance-craze phenomenon at the time. Some of my older cousins bought the single & Bonds' album & I heard it from them & on the AM radios in the Tulsa metro area. I recall that the single 45 rpm sounded muffled and the production quality wasn't so good. Who produced this song? Was it produced in a port-a-potty? Well, after all it was in 1961. They could've used Phil Spector's expertise. Anyway, it made it to #1 despite that deficiency. . But I still love Quarter to Three. And another of Bonds' hits I absolutely go bonkers over is Dear Lady Twist (another of his many Top Ten hits). Check it out. Is Gary Bonds in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame??
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyThe closing song on Bruce Springsteen's first concert {Providence, RI} of his legendary "Born To Run" tour in 1975...

  • Ron from Philadelphia, Pawhen this song was popular, there were rumors that there were suggestive or even explicit sexual references in the spoken words at the beginning, just before the main part of the song started. I'm surprised this isn't mentioned here.
  • Jay from Atlanta, GaAnother great song of his (written by Springsteen) was "Out Of Work", check it out, good stuff.
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