Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

Album: Volume 1: 1947-1951 (1947)
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  • Down in New Orleans where everything's fine all them cats is drinkin' that wine
    Drinkin' that mess is their delight when they get drunk start singin' all night
    Drinkin' wine spo-dee-o-dee drinkin' wine wine spo-dee-o-dee drinkin' wine

    Wine spo-dee-o-dee drinkin' wine pass that bottle to me
    Now I've got a nickel have you got a dime let's get together and get a little wine
    Some buys a gallon some buys a quart
    When you buy black beer now you're doin' things smart
    Drinkin' wine spo-dee-o-dee...

    Down on Rempart Street in Willie's den he would sell but a gill of gin
    One cat wanted a bottle of wine he hooked that cat for a dollar and a dime
    Drinkin' wine spo-dee-o-dee...Writer/s: GRANVILLE STICKS MCGHEE, J. MAYO WILLIAMS
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 11

  • Rotunda from Tulsa, OkGood rockin' song. I have two versions of this song by Jerry Lee Lewis. One is a fair rocker while the other is a far rowdier rocker with a wild guitar break then later on his piano break which leave you all hot and nasty! A party song, without a doubt! And such a talent as Jerry Lee Lewis' vocals and red-hot piano. Yes indeed, party time!
  • Cynthia from Lake County, IlFrom "A Morning for Flamingos" by James Lee Burke.... "the customers ate boudin and pickled hog's feet off paper plates, drank long -necked Jax and wine spotioti, a mixture of muscat and whiskey that can fry your head for a week...." The Cajun/Creole "spotioti" became "Spo-De-O-De".
  • Denis from St.paul, MnI heard that the word Spo de o de actually means the words mother f.....r. Has anyone else ever heard that or is someone pulling my ....
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyThis was the second of his 'drinking theme' songs;
    in 1968 he released "What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out of Me)", it peaked at No. 94!!!
  • Darrell from Muskegon, MiMy favorite part/line is the end "think about it"...
  • Oscar from Zebulon, NcI believe the confusion some appear to have with the actual spelling, can be attributed to Jerry Lees' personality.
    In his youth; Lee was a very cocky, self absorbed showman. He relished in being seen as the "Bad Boy" standard bearer of the newly emerging Rock'n Roll genre.
    With out him, the popularity of Rock'n Roll would have been resigned to represent a bunch of wiggling hips.
    His contribution helped turn it into the revolutionary anthem, for all who dared to be different.
    That said, his rendition used a play on the lyrics from "Dee" to his own name of "Lee".
    So the title under copyright was "Spo-Dee O'Dee"
    but the lyrics were slurred to sound as "Spo-Lee O'Lee". A deliberate self absorbed act of showmanship, of which Jerry Lee was truly the "King"
  • Robert from Philadelphia, MsThe Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, at one time had big parties they called "Spo-Li-O-Li" parties. This was in the early 1960s. I can't say if they still exist. I suppose they got the name from this song.
  • Doug from Tempe, AzJerry first recorded this song while at Sun Records.
    In the mid 1960's, Smash/Mercury released an album by Jerry in stereo, Memphis Beat I believe, that had a version of this song on it.
  • Ed from Nashville, Tn"Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O-Dee" was written during WWII by Stick McGhee, the brother of blues great Brownie McGhee. Stick first recorded it in 1946 on Harlem, then again in 1949 for Atlantic - at which point Decca re-released his original version. The Atlantic release (as by Stick McGhee and his Buddies) became a hit with rock and rollers, and was the version I heard growing up in Pittsburgh and the one on my 78 jukebox at home.
    Ed S., Nashville, TN.
  • R from Seattle, WaIn the Pacific Northwest, high school students used to call a partially hollowed-out watermelon filled with vodka a "spo-de-o-de"
  • Ted from Loveland, CoThe title is actually..."Drinkin' Wine Spo-De-O-De"
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