Hey Bartender

Floyd Dixon

About Hey Bartender

"Hey Bartender" is a song written by Dossie Terry, copyright filing EU389235 dated 10MAR55 and renewed RE180048 11MAR83. It was first recorded by Floyd Dixon in 1955 on Cat Records 114; the label credits "Terry" as composer. A cover by "Blue Boo Boo" Blazer & Little Archie Taylor with Geechie Hicks & His Creole Combo was released as a b-side in 1959 and it was credited to "Blazer-Williams". A cover by Laurel Aitken in 1961 titled "Bar Tender" made the song a huge success, though the Blue Beat 45 label credited "L. Aitken" as composer. It was subsequently covered and recorded live by The Blues Brothers in 1978 although the composer credit on the Atlantic Records release indicated "Floyd Dickson". It was also recorded by American country music artist Johnny Lee though his release also credited "Floyd Dickson" as composer. It was released in June 1983 as the first single and title track from his album Hey Bartender. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. 


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Went ballin' the other night
Started drinkin' and got real tight
I blew each and all my friends
Felt so good, I had to blow again

I said, "Hey, bartender
Hey man, looka here"
Draw, one draw, two draw
Three, four glasses of beer

Saw a chick sittin' on the end
I said, " Baby, can't we be friends
You're looking sweet as you can be
Come on down and drink with me"

I said, "Hey, bartender
Hey man, looka here"
Draw, one draw, two draw
Three, four glasses of beer

We were having so much fun
Didn't know it was half past one
Sat down to have one more
Looked the clock and it was almost four

I said, "Hey, bartender
Hey man, looka here"
Draw, one draw, two draw
Three, four glasses of beer

Juke box playin' and everything
All the cats began to sing
I heard somebody called, said
Last round for alcohol

I said, "Hey bartender, hey bartender
Hey bartender, hey bartender
Hey bartender, hey bartender
Draw one, two, three, four glasses of beer"

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Floyd Dixon

Floyd Dixon (February 8, 1929 – July 26, 2006) was an American rhythm and blues pianist and singer. more »

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Floyd Dixon Version
The original version of the song "Hey Bartender" was performed by the American R&B pianist, Floyd Dixon. His version was released in 1955. - Floyd Dixon is considered a pioneer of the post-war West Coast blues scene. His influential music combines elements of Texas blues, jump blues, and R&B. - Though not as commercially successful as other blues musicians of the time, Dixon's songs - "Hey Bartender" being a prime example - have had a lasting impact on the genre.
Johnny Lee Version
"Hey Bartender" was also covered by American country music artist Johnny Lee, released in 1983. - Johnny Lee's version was released as the first single from his album "Hey Bartender". It peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and number 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks. - The song was a significant hit for Lee, being one of his 20 top-10 country hits in the U.S.
The Blues Brothers Version
The Blues Brothers, a band founded by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, covered "Hey Bartender" for their debut studio album, "Briefcase Full of Blues", released in 1978. - Their cover of "Hey Bartender" is frequently recognized due to its appearance in the film "The Blues Brothers" (1980), where it is performed in a country and western bar. - The Blues Brothers' take on this song is characterized by its high-energy performance and big band arrangement, which features a horn section.
General Facts
"Hey Bartender" is a blues song that has definitely endured the test of time. The same basic song has been successfully adapted to the R&B, country, and blues-rock genres by Floyd Dixon, Johnny Lee, and The Blues Brothers respectively. - The song's relatable theme and catchy rhythm have contributed to its continued popularity and the variety of covers it has inspired. - In addition to the mentioned artists, "Hey Bartender" has also been covered by various other musicians, including Koko Taylor and Laurel Aitken.

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