the innocence of children
So, I’m at Intermediate School – that’s Year 7 or Grade something for our American friends. Everyday, straight after lunch, the teacher lets us listen to a piece of what she calls, “popular music.” She says “popular” with an emphasis on the “POP-u-LARRR” which somehow accentuates her total disapproval for all things contemporary.
Anyway, it’s that time of the day. We’re waiting expectantly. David Johnstone slips today’s 45 (that’s a single record for the young folks) from his bag and hands it over. It’s a song called Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It) by Daddy Dewdrop. Teacher looks at it and screws up her nose – as she does everyday! Seating the disc on the turntable, she lowers the needle and we start grooving to the familiar Hammond Organ intro.
We’re singing along to the catchy chorus and listening with childhood naivety as the story of the girl in the black bikini unfolds, all the time totally unaware of the growing look of indignation on teacher’s face.
standing up for women
The song ends. Approving nods are passed from pupil to pupil – boys and girls alike. And then teacher speaks.
With a quavering voice she begins to talk about the degrading nature of the song. She talks about feminism and chauvinism and a number of other –isms I’ve never heard of. And, while some argue with her, scales fall from my eyes!
I recall this moment of my childhood quite vividly. It was the first time I ever heard anyone argue a point of view that came anywhere close to expressing an opinion that had to do with an issue of social justice. Years later I’m involved in the leadership of aid agencies that champion the cause of various social justice initiatives and I wonder if this is the point such a desire for social justice was planted inside of me?
It probably won’t surprise you to know that Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It) was a one hit wonder. And neither will it surprise you to discover that Daddy Dewdrop was not the singer’s real name.
Daddy Dewdrop was a pseudonym Dick Monda, an American songwriter. Dick went on to become a successful songwriter penning songs for artists such as; Ringo Starr, Kenny Rogers, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Sammy Davis Jr.
Dick still records, sometimes as Daddy Dewdrop, and sometimes under his full name, M. Richard Monda.
chick-a-boom (don’t ya jes’ love it) fax
- Chick-A-Boom was originally recorded for the cartoon, Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies.
- Chick-A-Boom was re-recorded, renamed Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It), and released in 1971 on an album of novelty tunes.
- Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It) reached #9 in the US.
- The follow-up singles didn’t do so well. Neither The March of the White Corpuscles nor Nanu Nanu (I Wanna’ Get Funky With You) charted.
- Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It) lyrics.