Brook Benton

About Kiddio

"Kiddio" is a 1960 R&B/pop song written by Brook Benton & Clyde Otis and released as a single by Brook Benton. The song was first recorded and released in 1957 by Teddy Randazzo while both he and Benton recorded for RCA's Vik label. Randazzo's version is featured in the 1957 movie, " Mister Rock and Roll." The single was the fourth time in a year that Brook Benton had topped the R&B charts. However, two of those times, he'd hit number one with duet partner, Dinah Washington. "Kiddio" also continued Brook Benton's popularity on the pop charts by making it his fifth top-ten pop single. Kiddio was covered by Johnny Littlejohn in 1966 under the title "Kitty O". Johnny Littlejohn scaled back the instrumentation (no violins, or orchestral sounds) and applied an electric Blues guitar treatment to the song. Kiddio was later covered in 1990 by Native American Blues artist Charlie Musselwhite in 1990 under the title "Kiddeo". Charlie Musselwhite emphasized the modern harmonica Blues in his version. 

I told you, baby, how I feel
One word can close this deal
Baby, be my queen of hearts
Please gimme that love you've got

Brook Benton

Brook Benton (September 19, 1931 – April 9, 1988) was an American singer and songwriter who was popular with rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and pop music audiences during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when he scored hits such as "It's Just A Matter Of Time" and "Endlessly", many of which he co-wrote. more »

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Song Artist
"Kiddio" was recorded by American singer and songwriter, Brook Benton. Benton was a prominent R&B artist in the 1950s and 1960s with several hits to his name.
The song was released in 1960, making it one of Brook Benton's early hits.
Song Performance
Brook Benton's "Kiddio" reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart. It also peaked at number 7 on the U.S. pop chart.
Song Collaborators
Like many of Brook Benton's hits, "Kiddio" was written by Benton himself along with his frequent collaborator, Clyde Otis.
Music Genre
"Kiddio" is generally classified under the soul, R&B genre. The song is widely appreciated for its strong, soulful vocals and catchy beat.
Song Lyrics
The lyrics of "Kiddio" reflect a romantic pursuit, featuring the narrative of a man wooing his love interest. Its catchy tune and relatable theme contributed to its popularity.
Cover Versions
The song's popularity led to several other artists covering it. Artists like Ronnie Dove and Michael Buble have included "Kiddio" in their repertoire of cover songs.
Brook Benton's overall contribution to the music industry, including songs like "Kiddio", saw him inducted into the 'Rhythm and Blues Foundation' and he was also recognized by the 'Songwriter's Hall of Fame'.
Song Influence
"Kiddio" along with several of Brook Benton's other songs helped pave the way for future R&B artists, influencing a new generation of musicians.
Song Usage
The song has been used in various mediums, from TV shows to movies, often as a representation or background score of the era it was created in.

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