Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kong! Dickie Goodman...

I have been looking for this novelty song since the late 1970s.  I have vague memories of being at my grandmother's house in 1978 and one of my Texas cousins played this.

All I remembered about "Kong" by Dickie Goodman was that it had snippets of "Hotline" and "Weekend In New England" in it and was about an ape.  I mistakenly thought this song was also sampled in it…

"Ape Call"

It wasn't, of course.  For years, I've been trying to find this song.  I have a habit of getting obsessed with things I hear once or twice.  I want to identify it, even if I don't necessarily like it.  I eventually do find the answers at some point, mainly because I have a remarkable knack for remembering snippets of lyrics.  Thanks to the Internet, I can usually figure out what something is by plugging in lyrics in my favorite search engine.  Last night, it finally happened with Dickie Goodman and his song, "Kong".

Dickie Goodman had quite the career making up novelty songs by sampling the hits of the 70s and 80s.

"Energy Crisis '79"

"America '81"

Sadly, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1989.  And just when I was discovering his genius, too.  What a shame.

I'm just glad I finally found "Kong" so I can stop thinking about it and wondering what it was and where it came from.


  1. Interesting little piece of novelty. I'd never heard it before, but I suspect not many people have.

  2. Finding this was a bit anti-climactic.


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