The Platters’ SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES written by Jerome Kerns was held up by his widow until publisher Max Dreyfus helped change her mind by whispering gently, “Madame, this might be a million seller.” And it was in 1959.
This high energy rocker was released in 1947 by Harlem Records for 49 cents. Later released by Atlantic in 1951 where it hit #3 R&B, saving Atlantic Records from having 20 flops in a row. A former sailor put a major tweak and a hard-edge beat on an old G.I. song and deleted a few colorful verses...and Wine-Spo-Dee-O-Dee was born. Spodi was a moonshine fruity concoction usually mixed in a bathtub. Granville Stick McGhee’s Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee was a real booty shaker for all the southeast jitterbugs and fast dancers, with down and funky juke-joint lyrics.
“Drinkin that mess is their delight…when they git drunk start fightin
all night…knockin out windows n tearin down doors…drinkin half gallons
and callin for more.”...
...What else could it be but WINE-SPO-DEE-ODEE by STICK McGHEE.