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Johnny Cymbal Mr. Bass Man

Doo Wop Pop

How about those low vibrations?  “With a boom boom boom boom /And a dit dit ba boom boom bom.”  The song pays tribute to those wonderful bass voices in the vocal harmony of so many 1950s and 1960s songs. The bass voice with “that certain something” on this record is Ronnie Bright, who sang with  a number of artists, including The Valentines (e.g., “Lily Maebelle”), The Cadillacs, The Deep River Boys, and The Coasters. He also did session work with Barry Mann, Jackie Wilson, and Peter Gabriel. The song, written by Johnny Cymbal, was arranged and produced by Alan Lorber. “Mr. Bass Man” went to #16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #24 on the U.K .Singles chart in 1963.

Johnny Cymbal was born John Hendry Blair in Ochiltree, Scotland. Although this was one of Cymbal’s best known hits, he was a record producer and a prolific songwriter. His career spanned four decades, starting when he was fifteen. He wrote hits for Elvis Presley, David Cassidy, Gene Pitney, and Glen Campbell, among others.

Here are the lyrics to “Mr. Bass Man” by Johnny Cymbal:

“Mr. Bass Man
You’ve got that certain something
Mr. Bass Man
You set that music thumping

To you, it’s easy
When you go one, two, three
Be bop bop bop… Yeah

Mr. Bass Man
You’re on all the songs
With a boom boom boom boom
And a dit dit ba boom boom bom

Hey, Mr. Bass Man
You’re the hidden King of rock and roll
Be bop bop bop bop…

Oh, it don’t mean a thing
When the lead is singing
Or when he goes
Hi yi yi yi yi yi

Hey, Mr. Bass Man
I’m asking just one thing
Will you teach me
Mm yeah, they way you sing

Cause Mr. Bass Man
I wanna be a bass man too
Be bop bop bop bop…

Oh, Mr. Bass Man
I think I’m really with it
Boom boom boom boom
And a dit dit dit dit dit

Come on, Mr. Bass Man
Now I’m a bass man too
Bop bop bop bop…

Bum bum bum bum…
Now you Bum bum bum bum…
With me Bum bum bum bum…

Oh, it don’t mean a thing
When the lead is singing
Or when he goes
Hi yi yi yi yi yi

Hey, Mr. Bass Man
I’m asking just one thing
Will you teach me
Mm yeah, they way you sing

Cause Mr. Bass Man
I wanna be a bass man too
Be bop bop bop bop… Try this
Bop bop bop bop

Oh, Mr. Bass Man
I think I’m really with it
Boom boom boom boom
And a dit dit dit dit dit

Come on, Mr. Bass Man
Now I’m a bass man too
Bop bop bop bop…

Bum bum bum bum…
Now you Bum bum bum bum…

You’re getting good
Bum bum bum bum…”

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Juke Box Saturday, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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