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Encyclopedia > Stick McGhee

Granville 'Stick' McGhee (March 23, 1917 - August 15, 1961) was an American guitarist (Brownie McGhee's younger brother) best known for "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", one of the earliest prototypical rock and roll songs, which Jerry Lee Lewis memorably covered. He grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee and first recorded "Drinkin' Wine" in 1947 to little fanfare. A remake in 1949 (as Stick McGhee & His Buddies) became a huge R&B hit. 1951's "Tennessee Waltz Blues" was another hit, as were several following singles, including "Jungle Juice", "Double Crossin' Liquor" "Six to Eight" and "Head Happy with Wine". March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (83rd in Leap years). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Walter Brownie McGhee (November 30, 1915 - February 16, 1996) was a folk-blues singer and guitarist, best known for his collaborations with the harmonica player Sonny Terry. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist, as well as an early pioneer of rock and roll music. ... In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. ... Kingsport is a city located in Sullivan County, Tennessee. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ...


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  • Rock Before Elvis: Stick McGhee and the "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" record, including sound clips

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Stick McGhee - Biography - AOL Music (255 words)
He may have not been as prolific or celebrated as his brother Brownie, but guitarist Stick McGhee cut some great boozy blues and R&B from 1947 to 1960 -- including the immortal "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" (a tune that Jerry Lee Lewis, for one, picked up on early in life and has revived often since).
Young Granville McGhee earned his nickname by pushing his polio-stricken older brother Brownie through the streets of Kingsport, TN, on a cart that he propelled with a stick.
McGhee was inspired to pen "Drinkin' Wine" while in Army boot camp during World War II; it was apparently a ribald military chant that the McGhees cleaned up for public consumption later on.
Stick McGhee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (205 words)
Granville "Stick" McGhee (March 23, 1917 – August 15, 1961) was an American guitarist (Brownie McGhee's younger brother) best known for "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", one of the earliest prototypical rock and roll songs, which Jerry Lee Lewis memorably covered.
A remake in 1949 (as Stick McGhee and His Buddies) became a huge RandB hit.
'Stick' McGhee died of lung cancer in 1961.
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