Tuesday, September 30, 2014

W.O.C.K On Vinyl: Johnny Chester - My Ding-A-Ling (1974)

Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song / album at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
I first heard this novelty single sung by Chuck Berry on his London Sessions album and always loved the humorous lyrics and innuendo's which it portrayed. I was also pleasantly surprised when I heard Johnny Chester's cover of this Berry classic and thought it was appropriate to share it with you for this month's WOCK on Vinyl post, being both Obscure and a just a little bit Korny.
Johnny Chester is an international entertainment phenomena and Australian artist. His highly successful careers embrace a wide range of activities in the entertainment industry. Johnny's careers include artistic performer, recording artist, songwriter, radio personality, television host, promoter and record producer.

Throughout all of these highly diverse careers Johnny has achieved the highest professional and ethical standards. The respect audiences and industry peers have for him is unsurpassed..

Johnny Chester in the 80's
His outstanding achievements include:
- More than eighty releases on vinyl, cassette and compact disc in Australia and many other countries.
- Hosted national television series including Teen Time, Teen Scene and Country Road.
- toured extensively throughout Australia, performed in the United States of America and for the allied troops in Vietnam.
- achieved outstanding success on the radio at 3UZ, 6PM, 7EX, 7HT, 3GL, 3MP, 3DB and Radio Australia which broadcast his shows to every corner of the world.
- shared the stage with an almost endless list of acclaimed international artists including the Beatles, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, Connie Francis, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Roger Miller, Tammy Wynette and Freddy Fender.

Johnny Chester's highly polished entertainment skills have been widely recognised by both audiences and the entertainment industry. This is evidenced by the many accolades Johnny has received including:

- Best selling record 1975 ( She's my kind of woman )
- Australian Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year in 1980, 1981, 1982.
- International Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year for Australia in 1982 and 1983.
- Tamworth Songwriters Association Songmaker Award in 1994
Track listing:
01 - My Ding-A-Ling
02 - Nowhere In Particular
Johnny Chester Link (MP3/320kps)

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