“I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)” Performed by The Ikettes (1961)

Now this is one funky girl group! This group was formed in 1960 when lead Delores Johnson (Flora Williams), Eloise Hester, and Joshie Armstead sang backup for Tina Turner on her first recording, “A Fool in Love.” They cut “I’m Blue” on the Atco label the following year, with Tina singing background for them, and it zoomed to #3 on the R&B charts and #19 on the Pop charts. In fact it charted eight higher than Ike & Tina’s “Fool In Love” release.

Unfortunately after this release The Ikettes couldn’t seem to get another hit as big as this one, but this tune insured their rock and roll legacy. Ike penned this track so you must give him his props as well.

The song was featured prominently in the original Hairspray movie and on the 1988 Soundtrack.

Last but not least — another girl group, Salt ‘N Pepa, turned “I’m Blue” into “Shoop” on London Records in 1993. So the song lived on for over 30 decades still charting that year at the top spot (#1) on the Dance chart, Rap Single chart, and Top 40 chart – plus #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart !

Thanks for letting me share the music with you.

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. this song always in the top because its very very great how i wish someone will make a revision of this song again

  2. the 5.6.7.8’s did do a cover of this tune…an excellent, speed-o version, matter o’ fact.

    They performed it live in the movie “Kill Bill vol. 1”, even!!!

    Check it out!

  3. Hi Jim,

    I am gonna look for that remake this weekend. Never saw any of the “Kill Bill” movies so that cover version eluded me. The original is such a great song that I suppose not too much damage could possible be done to it in a cover. 😉

    Thanks so much for the information. Hopefully Bluedreamer will be checking in to see your response as well.

    BTW that’s a nice blog you have there. Glad you found me so that I could “find” you blogspot.


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