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August 3, 2018

Rama Lama Ding Dong by The Edsels

Rama Lama Ding Dong by The Edsels

Doo Wop

Where would doo wop music be without a little rama lama ding dong, with all of those nonsense syllables going? The Edsels were one of the influential doo wop groups. They originally were from Campbell, Ohio. The members included George Jones, Jr., Larry Green, James Reynolds, Harry Green, and Marshall Sewell. They changed their name from The Essos (the gasoline brand now known as Exxon) to The Edsels after Ford’s car that was to be “the next big thing.” The car wasn’t exactly a hit, but The Edsels did – eventually– have one with “Rama Lama Ding Dong.” The song came out in 1958 as a Dub single with the erroneous title “Lama Rama Ding Dong,” and after a little airplay, people lost interest. However, the song was revived in 1961 and reissued with the correct title as a Twin single. “Rama Lama Ding Dong” then went to #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The song has since become a doo wop classic.

Here are the lyrics to “Rama Lama Ding Dong” by The Edsels:

“Oh oh oh oh
I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding dong
she’s everything to me
Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding dong
I’ll never set her free
For she’s mine, all mine
Oh oh oh oh
I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong,
She’s fine to me,
Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding dong
You don’t believe that she’s mine, all mine
I love her,
love her, lover her so.
That I’ll never, never let her go.
You may be certain she’s mine, all mine,
She’s mine all of the time.
Oh I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding dong
she’s everything to me
Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding dong
I’ll never set her free
For she’s mine, all mine”

The song “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) by Barry Mann makes fun of the doo wop music genre, and has a reference to “Rama Lama Ding Dong.” If you would like to read about Mann’s song, please click here.

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