Slow Poke - written by Redd Stewart, Pee Wee King & Chilton Price (1951)
Chilton Price, music librarian at the radio station in Louisville, had written several songs, which she gave to Pee Wee King to see whether he thought they had any potential. Pee Wee & Redd slowly worked their way through the songs, revising the lyrics as needed to make them easier to sing, punching them up as needed, and coming up with improvements on the melodies.
They tried the revised, 'Slow Poke' out several times on dances, and the response was encouraging. They brought the song to the studio, but there was an emptiness to it. It sounded better on stage in a ballroom than it did in the studio. something was missing.
They played the song numerous times, and finally the band's drummer picked up the old tempo box and the sticks making a tick-tock sound. Bingo! That tick-tock sound is what made the song and the recording so well.
The recording was released by RCA Victor Records. It first reached the Billboard magazine best seller chart in October 1951, and lasted twenty-two weeks on the chart, peaking at #3. It first reached the country charts in September 1951 and lasted thirty-one weeks, peaking at #1 and remaining there for fifteen weeks.