Here are five versions of Please Pass The Biscuits, the timeless story of one hungry kid's desperate attempt to snag some nourishment.
From my perspective, the definitive version is the one recorded by Andre Williams for the Fortune label in Detroit in 1958, the year after the original version, by author Gene Sullivan, landed in the Top Ten on Billboard's Country chart. Williams, a pioneer of R&B sleaze, is still out there hustling. His most recent album came out just last year and this month his first book, a semi-autobiographical tale of pimps, gangs, and drug running, was published by Kicks Books.
Gene Sullivan - Please Pass The Biscuits (2:52) 1957
Andre Williams - Pass The Biscuits Please (3:19) 1958
Jimmy Dean - Please Pass The Biscuits (2:57) 1962
Norval & Ivy - Please Pass The Biscuits (2:56) 1967
And to wrap things, up we'll check in with an unforgettable live performance from the Collins Kids featuring a great vocal performance by young Larry. Tex Ritter provides the introduction and somehow manages to keep a straight face while he observes, "You show me a growing boy and I'll show you a biscuit eater."