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My Toot Toot

For other uses, see Toot Toot (disambiguation)

"My Toot Toot" also popularly known as "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot" or "(Don't Mess with) My Toot Toot" is a song written by Sidney Simien and performed by him under his stage name Rockin' Sidney. Simien wrote the song and released it on the Maison de Soul Records label in Ville Platte, Louisiana. In October 1984, he included the tune on his third album, My Zydeco Shoes Got the Zydeco Blues, recording the entire album at his home studio in Lake Charles and playing all the instruments himself.

In January 1985, "My Toot Toot" was released as a single in Louisiana and Texas, and became his first true regional hit.[1] Thanks to Cleon Floyd, manager of R&B singer and uncle to King Floyd, it became a huge New Orleans hit. Floyd first heard the crowd's reaction to the song at a bill headlined by Solomon Burke. Cleon was also the president of the Orleans Street Jocks Association and took twenty copies of the record back to the city; he quickly had to order more. By Mardi Gras, it was a jukebox and record hop smash.[citation needed]

Huey Meaux got the original leased to Epic Records (a division of Columbia Records), who released it nationally,[2] and for a brief moment Rockin' Sidney made musical history. Epic managed to get Rockin' Sidney into the country Top 40 where it stayed for 18 weeks.[3][4] It was the first zydeco song to receive major airplay on pop, rock and country radio stations.[1] Later in 1985, "My Toot Toot" was certified platinum and won the 1986 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording.[5] "My Toot Toot" became a national and international million-selling phenomenon.

As a result, Sidney was featured in People magazine, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Music City News and appeared on many national TV shows, including Nashville Now, Church Street Station, Hee Haw, Austin City Limits, John Fogerty's Showtime Special, New Country and Charlie Daniels Jam. He was also a guest celebrity on You Can Be a Star.

In popular cultureEdit

"My Toot Toot" has been used in soundtracks of the motion pictures Hard Luck, One Good Cop and The Big Easy.

Over 20 years after "My Toot Toot" debuted, it continued to draw royalties from commercial use in Europe, and cover versions in several languages by dozens of musicians.

CoversEdit

"My Toot Toot" has been covered by many artists including Fats Domino, Rosie Ledet, Jean Knight, Terrance Simien, Doug Kershaw, Denise LaSalle, Jimmy C. Newman, John Fogerty and Jello Biafra. Other versions include Louisiana Zydeco accordionist and singer Fernest Arceneaux, British-Jamaican television personality Rustie Lee, the Swedish dansband Lasse Stefanz and Irish country singer Mike Denver.

Other language covers

A Spanish version by La Sonora Dinamita titled "Mi Cucu" sold over a million copies in Mexico, Central America, and South America.[6]

A German beer company licensed it to use in their radio and television commercials. The German cover version "Mein Tuut Tuut" by Leinemann reached number 15 on the German charts in 1985.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bradshaw, Jim (January 25, 2013). "A Simple Song that Went to the Top". The Daily Review. Morgan City, LA. p. Opinions section, 4. 
  2. ^ Selvin, Joel (December 1, 1986). "The Song That Turned It Around". San Francisco Chronicle (Final ed.). San Francisco, CA. p. Daily Datebook section, 54. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 357. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  4. ^ Minton, John (Autumn 1998). "Zydeco on CD". The Journal of American Folklore. 111 (442): 417–434. ISSN 0021-8715. doi:10.2307/541051. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  5. ^ ""Toot Toot" tune garners Grammy Award for native of St. Landry". State Times. Baton Rouge, LA. February 26, 1986. p. 2-E. 
  6. ^ Tighe, James (July–August 1991). "The House of Zydeco: Floyd Soileau and Maison de Soul". Living Blues. Vol. 22 no. 4. Oxford, MS: Center for the Study of Southern Culture. pp. 23–26. ISSN 0024-5232.