Work With Me, Annie

Thanks to Brother Dave for reminding me of this classic song that arguably started the R&B revolution. How could I forget?

You never heard of “Work With Me, Annie?” I’m not surprised. It was considered too risqué at the time to play on the radio where we learned of the new songs. (Work is obvious code for intercourse.) The second line is, “Don’t be ashamed. Call my name.” The third line is, “Give me all my meat.” The catch-phrase at the end of the chorus is, “Let’s get it while the getting is good (so good, so good).”

Pretty explicit. No wonder it was banned from the radio, but that gave it the appeal of inside knowledge.

It became wildly popular, even with the radio ban. The inside knowledge plus the sex angle was irresistible for teenagers. I was one of them.

I don’t know where I heard it, but I did and even had the 45 rpm R&B (rhythm and blues) record by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. Years later, a forgettable record came out, “Annie Had a Baby,” (non-R&B) which is the unsurprising natural outcome of all that work, which teenagers ignore.

(This came several years after the sex-themed song and rival claimant to the start of R&B, “Sixty Minute Man,” in 1951, by Billy Ward and his Dominoes.)

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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