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Drunk (Jimmy Liggins song)

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"Drunk"
Single by Jimmy Liggins
A-side"Drunk"
B-side"I'll Never Let You Go"
Released1953 (1953)
LabelSpecialty

"Drunk" is a 1953 Jimmy Liggins song.[1] The song was released on Art Rupe's Specialty Records with another Liggins' composition "I'll Never Let You Go" as the B-side. The song "Drunk" has been covered by many artists including Ace Cannon (1971) and Steve Tallis (1986).

The lyrics include the line "Came home one night with a spinning in my head/reached for the pillow, missed the whole darned bed".[2]

The single was a top ten best seller at the end of 1953 into January 1954, according to the Billboard charts, and in the top five of tracks played on jukeboxes.[3][4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Gérard Herzhaft, Paul Harris, Jerry Haussler Encyclopedia of the Blues 1997 p. 30 "His brother JIMMY LIGGINS (1924-1984), a guitar and sometimes harmonica player, was also successful with "Drunk" and "Saturday Night Boogie-Woogie Man," which made his reputation on the West Coast."
  2. Brian Ward Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm And Blues 0203214455 2003 p.77 ""Came home one night with a spinning in my head/reached for the pillow, missed the whole darned bed", moaned Jimmy Liggins on "Drunk"."
  3. "Top Rhythm & Blues Records". Billboard. November 14, 1953. p. 49.
  4. "Top R & B Records". Billboard. January 2, 1954. p. 30.


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