Monday, January 11, 2010

LADIES FIRST: "I'm Blue!" -The Ikettes > Shangri-Las > Salt-n-Pepa > KILL BILL



Ladies First = She Did It First


LADIES FIRST hopes you're reading this right.

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The song "I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)" was first done by The Ikettes, the back-up singers for Ike & Tina Turner. Fronted by the powerful belting of Dolores Johnson, this single was meant to expand the Turner brand into the market.

THE IKETTES -"I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)" (1962)



Here's ingenue Sylvie Vartan blasting it out in French.
SYLVIE VARTAN -"Gong Gong" (1962)



Here's a refreshingly genderless take shortly thereafter...

THE NEWBEATS -"I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)" (1964)



True to form, The Shangri-Las bring moody production and their underrated Soul to it.

THE SHANGRI-LAS -"I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song)" (1966)



The Shangri-Las version was sampled in this masive HipHop hit.
SALT-n-PEPA -"Shoop" (1993)



The original was featured int John Waters' HAIRSPRAY (1988), but it got its biggest fame blasted out Garage Rock style by The 5.6.7.8.S in their showstopping preformance in the film KILL BILL, Vol. 1.

The 5.6.7.8.'s -"I'm Blue" (2004)



© Tym Stevens



See Also:
-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Music Player Checklist


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