"Ready 'N' Steady" (Found 1979 D.A. Song)


D.A. - Ready 'N' Steady
Fake single cover.
Fake single cover.
Status Found
Date found July 8, 2016
Found by Paul Haney & Joel Whitburn

" Ready 'N' Steady" is a found 1979 record by recording artist D.A., which appeared on several charts. The single was released by Rascal Records.

History

"Ready 'N' Steady" first landed on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at number 106. In the next issue, it climbed higher to 103, before reaching a peak listing at number 102 the issue after that. The single's time on the chart was short, and the limelight was a brief three weeks for the single. The song has never been listed since, and many rumors and doubts as to its existence have circulated, with music historian Joel Whitburn, having collected 45s of every song to hit the charts except for this one, has tried searching desperately for proof of its existence in 1995.[1]

The exact identity of the artist was a mystery. For a while, it was assumed that the song was made by Chicago-based female punk rock band DA!, who were active during the single's release. Further backing this up was that the alleged label, Rascal, was advertising in a Punk Rock magazine, based in Detroit; the label has been long gone since, being based out of a residential home. However, DA! later publicly stated that they never made such a record.

For years, it was presumed the record was false, or may have been a misprint by Billboard. The 2002 edition of Jerry Osbourne's Official Price Guide to Records, listed it as being worth $75-$125.

Record Found!

The United States Copyright Office has actually listed a registration for the record, dating back to 1986, with the creation date of 1979, likely meaning the song did indeed exist.

The artists of the song turned out to be Dennis Armand "D. A." Lucchesi (1945-2005), a California-based mortgage broker and amateur musician, and Jim Franks. Franks is still alive, and willingly gave Paul Haney (on behalf of Whitburn) a recording of the song. It was played on July 8, 2016, on the Crap from the Past radio show on KFAI in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. According to Haney (who appeared on Crap from the Past, explaining the history behind the song), he had spoken with Franks, who told him that the song (as well as three or four other songs) was recorded in 1979 after a major label representative witnessed the band play live. He offered the band studio time and promised that he would help the band get a song on the Billboard charts. Despite its appearance on the charts, the song was never pressed onto vinyl. Because of this, it is unknown if the song even received radio play at the time of its recording.

A recording can be listened on here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdt_Aer-46Q

Lyrics

(courtesy of Stewartisme on LMW forums)


Well I just came in town

Thought I'd have a look around

Then I met a nice lady, in some shady tavern


I said, "Honey how'd you like to be my gal?"

She said, "That's fine and dandy, but I'm not your ((midnight)) candy."

Some things I do might be wrong

I said, "Honey, have you ever seen a man come on so strong?"


Here's what I said:

I said, "I'm funky, I boogaloo, and I like to get down too."

So come on baby! Why don't you drive me crazy?


Well, we sat down and had a drink, maybe two or three, and that girl started looking REAL good to me, I said: "Baby, come on and turn my key!"


Here's what she said:

She said

I'm Ready (I'm Ready)

and I'm Steady (I'm Steady)

But are you, ready for me? (WOO!)

Cause baby, I'm gonna drive you up a tree! (Oooooooh!)


(Guitar solo)


((Well we tumbled?)) night and day,

day and night (shoop, shoop)

We rocked out til' Sunday

it was out of sight

I said, "Baby, you know what I like!"


Cause I'm funky, I boogaloo, and I like to get down too

So come on baby

Let's have some fun and get crazy!


Here's what she said:

She said

I'm Ready (I'm Ready)


and I'm Steady (I'm Steady)

But are you, ready for me? (Woo!)

Come on baby, I'm gonna turn that key!

(AHOOHOOHOOAHOO)


I'm Ready

And I'm Steady

I'm Ready

And I'm Steady (OhhhhhhhhOhhhhhOhhhhh)


Here I come, baby!


I'm Ready (I'm Ready)


and I'm Steady (I'm Steady)

I'm Ready (I'm ready)

And I'm Steady (Who's steady?)

Ohhhhhhh (Come on baby!)


I'm Ready (I'm ready)

And I'm Steady (Who's steady?)

I'm Ready (I'm ready)

And I'm Steady (Who's steady?)

Come on baby, Let's have some fun

and get crazy!


I'm Ready (I'm ready)

And I'm Steady (I'm steady)

I'm Ready (I'm ready)

And I'm Steady (Who's steady)

(OwwOwwOwwOwww Ohhhoohoohoohoohoo)


I'm Ready (I'm)

-cuts off-

References

  1. All known information on "Ready 'N' Steady". 06-30-1995. Horowitz, R. Retrieved April 27, 2015.

Comments


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Solca2

6 months ago
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i found this on the wayback machine. https://web....N_Steady.mp3 kinda mad there's no sound
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Kobochat

4 months ago
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Gonna be honest - this might be the last thing on this site that I expected to be found.
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Nodog

4 months ago
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Ditto.
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SenaUW

4 months ago
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According to the Wikipedia entry on this song, it was never released as a vinyl single, so I assume it's safe to remove the fake 'single cover' above. Any objections?
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Nodog

4 months ago
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I do not think Wikipedia is a very reliable source.
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SenaUW

4 months ago
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Wikipedia is not a source. The article in question, however, seems to list the audio from the radio show as the source for the claim that the song was never pressed on vinyl, so I suppose it's legit.
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Xcriteria4lyfe

4 months ago
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I'd say keep it; it'd be worth to find out where it came from, since it looks rather morbid.

Also, I've downloaded the song in case it goes down.
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Double - U

4 months ago
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I uploaded a FLAC file on MEGA if anyone wants to download the song. https://mega...rPDw4HV8Lq-o
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Double - U

4 months ago
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On the 'Crap from the Past' broadcast, Paul Haney said that Franks sent him "4 or 5 songs". I'd personally love to see these songs get an official release. Perhaps as some kind of EP. I'd buy it.
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Sf95

4 months ago
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It's kind of funny that the broadcast with this song was put up right after Blameitonjorge's video on top 11 missing pieces of music was uploaded and was included on that list saying its existence was still questionable at the time. Also I wonder how it was eligible to make the Bubbling Under chart or how it was listened to by the general public if it was never even actually released. on vinyl. I imagine it had something to do with that promise.
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Sf95

4 months ago
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Sorry, I wish you could edit your comments here. I meant to say the broadcast was before that video.
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AeonicButterfly

4 months ago
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My theory is something like a phantom record scam, where a big record label chose a random song in their archives, created a special imprint to print the vinyl, and then printed a ton and promptly sink them. In the States, this used to net you a lot of money, since it'd count as product as not sold, but might've been picked up by Billboard somehow, for the large amount of records sold. Just a thought.
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AeonicButterfly

4 months ago
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  • Tax Record Scam. Basically, The Producers, but with vinyl.
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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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No. There were no actual records pressed. It was simply a case of a record promoter that knew how to get a non-existent record on the charts.
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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Yes yes yes! I always held out hope that this would be found and it's actually pretty good! Honestly it sounds a bit like I was expecting based on the title.
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DemonDaze

4 months ago
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Wow, they found this? Pretty surprising considering that some people doubted its very existence.
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Anonymous user #3

3 months ago
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Lyrics pls
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Anonymous user #4

3 months ago
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Love :)
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CryClown

3 months ago
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I'm ready, and I'm steady and summon Celtic guardian in attack mode
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Steady N Ready

3 months ago
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da fuck is this shit?
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Mrkoolnerd

2 months ago
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https://www....teady_by_da/ has info on the fake album cover
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DamonStryde

2 months ago
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Added lyrics, m8s :)
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