Who Sang Betty and Dupree? Chuck Willis

Chuck Willis King of the Stroll cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1958
Genre: Blues
Style: Rhythm & Blues
length: 2:27
producer: Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler
background vocals: Elise Bretton, Carter Farris, Bob Harter, Marcia Nell, Rudy Williams and Myriam Workman
baritone saxophone: [unknown]
bass: Lloyd Trotman
drums (drum set): Joe Marshall
guitar: Kenny Burrell, Al Caiola and Chuck Willis
piano: Mike Stoller
tenor saxophone: King Curtis
vocal: Chuck Willis
xylophone: Harry Breuer
Betty told Dupree, "I want a diamond ring." (2x)
Dupree told Betty, "l'Il give you most anything."

He said, "Lie down, little Betty, see what tomorrow brings," (2x)
It may bring sunshine, may bring you that diamond ring."

Then he got his pistol, went to the jewelry store,(2x)
Killed a policeman and he wounded four or five more.

Then he went to the post office to get the evening mail (2x)
Sheriff caught poor Dupree and put him in that old Atlanta jail.

Dupree's mother said to Betty, "Looka' here what you done done."(2x)
"Made my boy rob and steal, now he is gonna be hung"

Betty went to the jailhouse, she could not see Dupree (2x)
She told the jailer, "Tell him these words for me."

"I come to see you, baby, I could not see your face." (2x)
"You know I love you, but I cannot take your place."

Sail on, sail on, sail on, Dupree, sail on. (2x)
You don't mind sailing, you'll be gone so doggone long.

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Betty and Dupree
  • 2 That Train Is Gone
  • 3 Love Me Cherry
  • 4 Juanita
  • 5 It's Too Late
  • 6 C.C. Rider
  • 7 My Life
  • 8 Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Baby Leaves You
  • 9 Kansas City Woman
  • 10 There's Got to Be a Way
  • 11 Ease the Pain
  • 12 Thunder and Lightning
  • 13 My Crying Eyes