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MP3 John, Dan and The Chicken Wing Band - The Chicken Wing Song

A musical tribute to Buffalo Chicken Wings, written and recorded as a parody of 1950''s/1960’s “car crash” ballads, this song delivers a poignant message for all who might recklessly venture to order bar food without considering the consequences.

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Related styles: Pop: 50''s Pop, Folk: Folk Pop, Mood: Funny

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In the late 1970s, brothers John and Dan Osborn of Buffalo, New York wrote a musical tribute to Buffalo Chicken Wings as a parody of early 1950''s/1960’s “car crash” ballads. After years of singing and playing “The Chicken Wing Song” on a piano at parties for friends, these same so-called friends chipped in the money to have the song produced and distributed on the technology of the day: vinyl records. Under the shingle of Serious Dude Music and Publishing (named after the lead investor who was, and still is, a “Serious Dude”), a business plan was hatched and implemented. A full band was needed and soon the talents of arranger and guitarist Bob Wascura, stand-up bass player Ki Webster, and saxophonist Darryl Brown joined John Osborn (piano) and Dan Osborn (vocals) to take the Chicken Wing Song to the next level. One thing was missing though – the kind of back-up vocals that would recreate the flavor and feel of vintage songs such as “Tell Laura I Love Her”, “Last Kiss” and “Dead Man’s Curve”. With the arrival of Doris Moore, Jackie Albarella and Kathy Vogel (who would forever after be known collectively as “The Celery Sticks”), the Chicken Wing Band was complete. On a crisp Fall evening in 1982, the song was recorded from early evening into the wee hours at Mark Records in Clarence, New York, and the first, vinyl launch of “The Chicken Wing Song” happened on November 18, 1982.

In 1982 digital recording did not exist, nor was there any way to distribute music other than through a physical product on an established record label. For this independent production, the launch involved boxes of vinyl records and good, old fashioned “pounding the pavement”. Once the song was successfully recorded, the producers went to record stores all over Buffalo and Notre Dame, Indiana (where Dan Osborn was a student) and left hundreds of copies to be sold on consignment. In the end, only a few hundred copies were sold this way, but not for lack of publicity and airplay. The song was played nationally on Dr. Demento’s syndicated radio show as well as locally on The Danny Neaverth Show on WKBW-AM in Buffalo and Notre Dame’s student radio station, WVFI. News features and interviews appeared on WGR-TV in Buffalo and WBFO, the University at Buffalo’s NPR station. A front page article in The Buffalo News covered the original launch, as well as articles in USA Today and The Notre Dame Observer. It is believed that only the limitations of 1980s music technology and distribution kept this from hitting the charts on a national level.

Today, with the arrival of digital recording and the internet age, the record has been re-released. As of Thanksgiving weekend 2010, some 28 years after the original, vinyl launch, fans and would-be fans can now enjoy the driving rhythms and poignant message of this unique piece of work digitally.

The Chicken Wing Song is dedicated to all of those who have found that any of the life’s most difficult situations can be put into perspective with the four simple words found at the end of this song.

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