Posts Tagged ‘Gus Jenkins’

‘Chittlins’

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

We listened to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Ringo Beat” yesterday, and I said we’d dig a little deeper today into the Billboard Hot 100 from January 2, 1965. And we will, but for just one track, with more to come next week.

The information on Gus Jenkins in Joel Whitburn’s reference books is slender. He was an R&B pianist and singer from Birmingham, Alabama, and in late 1956, his instrumental “Tricky” spent one week in the pop chart at No. 79 and then four weeks in the R&B chart as 1956 turned to 1957, peaking at No. 2. The record was on the Flash label, and for some reason, Jenkins’ name was spelled “Jinkins.”

Nine years later, the Tower label got the name right on another instrumental, this one titled “Chittlins.” (The title does have that extra “t” in it.) The record spent five weeks bubbling under the Hot 100, peaking at No. 113, and seven weeks in the R&B chart, peaking at No. 27. During the week we’re looking at, the chart from January 2, 1965, Jenkins and “Chittlins” were bubbling under at No. 123, just four spots north of Ella’s “Ringo Beat.” A week later, like “Ringo Beat,” Jenkins’ record had fallen off the chart for good.