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Anita Ward

Singer Anita Ward is most well-known for her 1979 disco single "Ring My Bell," a number one pop hit in the U.S. and the U.K. Born on December 20, 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee, Ward developed an interest in music -- particularly gospel -- at an early age. She went on to sing with the Rust College A Cappella Choir (which included recording alongside renowned Metropolitan Opera vocalist Leontyne Price), and recorded an obscure album with her own gospel quartet. After graduation, however, Ward didn't set out to pursue a career in music and instead became a substitute teacher in the Memphis elementary school system. It wasn't long before Ward realized music was too much a part of her life to ignore, and her manager put her in contact with singer/songwriter Frederick Knight (who had scored a substantial hit in the summer of 1972 with "I've Been Lonely for So Long"). Knight signed on to help produce a three-song demo session with Ward, but once the tape was rolling, Knight became so taken by Ward's singing ability that the sessions soon produced an album's worth of material.

After listening to what they'd recorded, both agreed that they were still one song short, which resulted in Knight digging up an old track titled "Ring My Bell," which he had originally penned for a younger singer, Stacy Lattisaw (who would later score several hits in the early '80s). The song's original lyrics dealt with teens chatting away on the phone and even though Knight gave the track a quick lyrical overhaul, Ward was less than enthusiastic about the song. Still, she agreed to record it, with Knight providing most of the musical accompaniment. Recorded over the course of two days, "Ring My Bell" turned out to be the best track of the bunch. It resulted in a recording contract with the T.K.-affiliated Juana label, and the release of Ward's debut album, Songs of Love, in 1979. It didn't take long for "Ring My Bell" to scale the charts. That summer, it topped Billboard's Hot 100 and remained on that chart for five months. A subsequent single, "Don't Drop My Love" -- taken from the quick-to-follow second album Sweet Surrender -- peaked at only number 87. A few songs were recorded during sessions for a third album abandoned prior to completion. They surfaced on various Ward anthologies released during the following decades. Although Ward rarely recorded -- she released a single in 2011 -- she continued to perform into the 2010s. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Who is ready to ring my bell? Understated but the message is clear-old school baby!
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Original breakbeat!!! ! !
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kristawillia m
I remember watching this on Solid Gold.
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Ring it, Ring it, Ring it.
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You can ring my bell
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Tired of putting away the dishes just ring my bell
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I was 16 when I first heard this song! Brings back many great memories
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I was 11 years old and in San Francisco, I remember this song on the radio and a fat neighborhood kid singing this song. Funny thing.
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The year was 1979 NCO club Ft lee Va
25 club downtown Nuremburg the party was on anybody hear was there if so contact me @dexmone@aol . c o m
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Des Ft Lee Va 1978 the party was on
yes sir NCO club/25 club downtown
Nuremburg
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Bringing sexy back
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Love this bring back so many memories r.i.p lil bro
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Ring my bell......19 7 8 . . .
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I remember this song from my childhood. .
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My cousin who lived next door would play this song over and over in the late ,70's.:-) :-) :-)
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ring it
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datonebrooks
Love this song
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"Ring My Bell"H-Town~ K n o c k ' n - T h a - B o o t z z z
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * ~ 7 m 1 4 y ~
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suga free version is better
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That song will always be a jam, why? Because it's old skool and music like that will never die. The new skool sound can't be compared.
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Ring my bell! Another classic disco song that you have to love.
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rlknight22
Sh0 U Rite Baby...that' s what's Up!! ! ! !
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Dizzzzzzam.. . . r e m i n d s me of my parents!
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BABY RING MY BELL!
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Stop posting chain letters C**K suckers.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However If you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works!
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Ring it..ring it..rigaling . . . w e p a . . . .
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Get up ya-allll!
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lucky_me502
Wow! I'm just now realizing what Ring My Bell meant.
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jbelmonte22
Anita Ward is very much alive.
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She isnt dead...Accor d i n g to Wikipedia she is currently working on a new album
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She died when she was in her early 20s I believe of cancer
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earl.1958
Can't help wondering why she didn't try harder to record more. Wonder what she's doing now?
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yeah this take me back. love this song
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Great party song!!! :-)
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greentea2003
I love this song. It came out when I was 4 years old. I remember dancing to it at parties with my mother.
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kennethdavid s o n 4 8

That was my theme song in 1979 and that was the song I last heard when I left for the Army in 1979 and I was wearing a shirt saying Ring My Bell on it. I loved that song and thanks Anita for that great hit and the whole album was good to me and I still have it. Thanks and wish you the best because you made 1979 good for me.
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awesome artist!!!!
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love her.....
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MS. WARD WAS SUCH GOOD SINGER,I JUST WISH THAT SHE COULD HAVE MADE A LOTS MORE GOOD HITS.LIL DRAGON THANKS MS WARD FOR HER SONG RING MY BELL LILDRAGON
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jger732
http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / m u s i c / a r t i s t / a n i t a + w a r d
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jger732
you!! can ring my bell
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jbrooks252
Brings back some great! memories for me, Anita Ward is still ringing my bell. Where is she now?
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smaina
1 of the bestest best.. all time hit!
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robtsully9
I hit wonder, it was a big hit at McDonalds in The Galleria with the late night clean up crew! Me, Byron, Chuck and Dale
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I was still roller skating back then
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This song introduced for the very first time 'piu' sound, which later was used in hundred songs.
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love this song
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love this song
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