Slow Poke

Pee Wee King

About Slow Poke

"Slow Poke" is a 1951 popular song credited to three writers: Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart, and Chilton Price. Actually Price wrote the song in 1951, as she thought the song described her friend, King, very well. King recorded the song and Stewart did the vocal. Price gave rights to the other two in exchange for publicity, as she felt she knew nothing about the music distribution business. The song did so well commercially that when Price wrote the song "You Belong to Me" the next year, she felt she could do better by ceding partial credit for authorship to King and Stewart than trying to publicize the song herself, so that song as well was credited to King, Stewart, and Price, though Price was the sole author. Pee Wee King's recording was issued by RCA Victor as catalog number 21-0489 (78rpm) and 48-0489 (45 rpm). It first entered the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on October 21, 1951 and lasted 22 weeks, peaking at #3. It was his only crossover from the country genre to score on the pop chart. It appeared on the country charts on September 21, 1951 for 31 weeks, peaking at #1 and remaining there for 15 weeks. 


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[Male (M) and Female (F) voices alternate]

F: (Slow poke, slow poke, I'm a silly old slow poke)
M: You keep me waitin' till it's gettin' aggravatin', you're a slow poke
F: You wait and worry but I never seem to hurry, I'm a slow poke
M: Time means nothin' to you, I wait (you wait) and then

F: Late again, eight o'clock, nine o'clock, quarter to ten
M: Why should I linger every time you snap your finger, little slow poke?
F: Why can't I hasten when I see the time's a-wastin'? I'm a slow poke, dear
M: Why should I keep tryin' to change you? It's not the thing to do
F: Here's the thing to do-I guess you'll have to learn to be a slow poke, too (slow
poke, too)

F: (Slow poke, slow poke, I'm a silly old slow poke)
ALL: We keep on waitin' till it's gettin' aggravatin', what a slow poke
We wait and worry but there's never any hurry, what a slow poke
Time means nothin', you see, we wait and then
Late again, eight o'clock, nine o'clock, quarter to ten

M: Why should I linger every time you snap your finger, little slow poke? (slow
poke)
Why can't you hasten when you see the time's a-wastin'? You're a slow poke,
dear

F: Why do you keep tryin' to change me? It's not the thing to do
M: Then I guess I'll have to learn to be a silly old slow poke, too
F: Slow poke, slow poke, you're a silly old slow poke
M: Slow poke, slow poke, I'm a silly old slow poke
BOTH: Slow poke!!

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Pee Wee King

Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski (February 18, 1914 – March 7, 2000), known professionally as Pee Wee King, was an American country music songwriter and recording artist best known for co-writing "The Tennessee Waltz". more »

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Written by: Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart, Chilton Price

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7 facts about this song

Historical Context
"Slow Poke" was written and originally performed by country music artist Pee Wee King in the 1950s. - This song has a rich history, influencing both country and pop music genres.
Popularity and Success
Upon its release, the song found quick success, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts in 1951. - The song also ranked in the top 10 of the Billboard Country chart.
Song Interpretation
Helen O'Connell, a big band singer in the 1940s and 50s, also covered the song "Slow Poke". - She was known for her interpretations of songs that were originally performed by other artists.
Style and Genre
Despite the song's country origins, Helen O'Connell's version is more aligned with the big band, jazz or swing genres - a testament to her artistry. - Moreover, Pee Wee King's version portrays the classic country twang.
Pee Wee King’s Significance
Pee Wee King was an influential figure in country music helping to modernize the genre with his incorporation of pop music elements. - His work, including "Slow Poke", has had a lasting impact on the music world.
Helen O'Connell’s Significance
Known for her work with the Jimmy Dorsey Band, Helen O'Connell has an enduring legacy in the world of big band music. - This song displays her ability to take a song from another genre and make it her own.
Durability of the Song
The song "Slow Poke" has been covered and interpreted by numerous artists over the decades, highlighting its timeless appeal. - Both versions continue to gain airplay in retro music platforms.

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