The best-known version of that joyful ode to getting smashed, Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
, would surely be the Jerry Lee Lewis rendition
, and Memphis rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette
recorded a hopping little version
of the tune as well. But the song was written and originally recorded
by Stick (aka "Sticks") McGhee
, who adapted it from a chant he learned during his stint in the Army. And yes, "spo-dee-o-dee" was a substitute for another word
, which, though fine for the Army, wasn't exactly radio friendly. Stick wrote a few other tunes in celebration of the alcoholic beverage, including "Six To Eight" and "Jungle Juice"
. And as has been pointed out previously
, the song title was likely the inspiration for the alcoholic concoction known as the "spodi
". Drink up!
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 13, 2008 -