The Edsels – Rama Lama Ding Dong

Here is a very welcome new addition to my collection of great fun doo-wop boppers. The Edsels originally named themselves The Essos, after the oil company, before settling on being named after a model of Ford car — perhaps they were hoping for an endorsement deal. They recorded and first released their biggest hit, Rama Lama Ding Dong, in 1958, but it didn’t catch on until 1961. It’s referenced in Barry Mann’s Who Put The Bomp, also from 1961, which in turn is referenced in Le Tigre’s superb Decepticon. You would have to try quite hard to not enjoy today’s selection.