[Ads-l] Wham, bam, thank you, ma'am

Stanton McCandlish smccandlish at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 10 08:08:41 UTC 2020

Wikipedia on "Suffragette City" says: 'The "sexually charged" famous hook
"wham bam, thank you, ma'am!" previously appeared as the title of a song on
jazz bassist Charles Mingus's 1961 album Oh Yeah, as well as a 1967 song by
the Small Faces.'  Cites: Doggett, Peter (2012). *The Man Who Sold the
World: David Bowie and the 1970s*. HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN
978-0-06-202466-4.  So, Black Oak Arkansas gets way less popularization
credit than I had in mind. :-)

On Sat, May 9, 2020 at 5:35 AM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>

> I also recall that David Bowie included the phrase in the lyrics of
> Suffragette City.
> YouTube Video
> Release Date: April 1972
> Song: Suffragette City
> Singer/Songwriter: David Bowie
> Location: 2:50 of 3:26
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLnPd7lzT4g
> [Begin excerpt]
> Oooh-how, Sufragette City, oooh-how, Sufragette
> Ohhh, wham bam thank you ma'am
> [End excerpt]
> Garson

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