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Top 5 Not-So-Thinly-Veiled Sexual References to the Male Genitalia in Classic Blues and R&B

November 7, 2008  |  12:25pm

American blues and R&B are infamous for countless reasons, subtlety generally not being one of them. Here are some classic examples, many of which have been ripped off by more than a few longhaired rock 'n' rollers. But I won't mention any names (Robert Plant!).

1. Muddy Waters - “Tiger in Your Tank”

The Big Daddy of Chicago Blues, Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield in Rolling Fork, Miss., in 1913), unleashes the, ah, beast on this stinging, fast-paced blues number. “I wanna put a tiger in your tank!” he sings on the chorus. Man ain’t talkin’ ’bout Exxon, if you know what I mean.

2. "My Ding-A-Ling" - Chuck Berry
After he was a dirty young man, and before he was a dirty old man, rock ’n’ roll pioneer and double-stoppin’ guitar hero Chuck Berry, was a dirty middle-aged man. Here, he leads a live sing-a-long based on Dave Bartholomew’s 1952 song “Little Girl Sing Ding-A-Ling,” which became Berry’s only #1 pop hit as “My Ding-A-Ling.” Here's a hint: It’s really not about his little silver bells. Of course, you can probably ring ’em anytime; just ask ol’ Chuck.

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