Who Sang Smack Dab in the Middle? Joe Williams & Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra Presenting Joe Williams and Thad Jones / Mel Lewis: The Jazz Orchestra cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1968
length: 3:30
piano: “Sir” Roland Hanna
vocal: Joe Williams
guitar: Sam Herman
bass: Richard Davis
flugelhorn: Thad Jones
saxophone: Pepper Adams, Eddie Daniels, Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion and Joe Farrell
trombone: Cliff Heather, Bob Brookmeyer, Garnett Brown and Tom McIntosh
trumpet: Richard Williams, Snooky Young, Jimmy Nottingham and Bill Berry
drums (drum set): Mel Lewis
writer: Charles Calhoun
Pick me a town in any clime
Where people like a rockin time
And stay awake both day and night
Till everybody's feelin good an' right

Then throw me (smack dab in the middle)
I wanna be (smack dab in the middle)
Ahhhhh, smack dab in the middle, boys now
So I can rock and roll to satisfy my soul

Ten Cadillacs, a diamond mill
Ten suits of clothes to dress to kill
A ten room house, some Bar B Q
And fifty chicks not over twenty-two

Then throw me (smack dab in the middle)
Oh, I wanna be (smack dab in the middle)
Ahhhhh, now boys you can see why
I wanna be smack dab in the middle now
So I can rock and roll to satisfy my soul

One hundred beds with chorus girls
A street that's paved with natural pearls
A wagon load of bonds and stocks
Then open up the door at Fort Knox

Then throw me (smack dab in the middle)
I wanna be (smack dab in the middle)
Ahhhhh, now listen boys throw me
Smack dab in the middle right now
So Ray can rock and roll to satisfy his soul

That's all right!

A lot of bread and gangs of meat
Oodles of butter and somethin sweet
Gallons of coffee to wash it down
Bicarbonated soda by the pound

Then throw me (smack dab in the middle)
I picture it (smack dab in the middle)
Ah, throw me now, smack dab in the middle right now
So I can rock and roll to satisfy my soul

Alright!

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Get Out of My Life Woman
  • 2 Woman's Got Soul
  • 3 Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning
  • 4 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
  • 5 How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)
  • 6 Keep Your Hand on Your Heart
  • 7 Evil Man Blues
  • 8 Come Sunday
  • 9 Smack Dab in the Middle
  • 10 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  • 11 Hallelujah, I Love Her So
  • 12 Night Time Is the Right Time