Tootsee Roll – 69 Boyz | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#8) & R&B (#9); 1995

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

The masterminds behind Tootsee Roll first struck platinum with Whoot, There It Is, credited to 95 South. Nathaniel “C.C. Lemonhead” Orange and Johnny “Jay Ski” McGowan were mesmerized by the sound of Miami Bass that was sweeping through the South. In 1993 the duo unleashed Whoot onto the airways and highways of America. In the wake of Whoot‘s success, Lemonhead and Jay Ski hit the road away from 95 South, and expanded their base of operations to include Jacksonville act 69 Boyz. The Boyz’ Albert Bryant brought Tootsee Roll to the session, helmed by C.C. and Jay Ski. The resulting single began its pop chart climb in early July, 1994 – a month after it debuted on the R&B list – and took six long months to peak at #8. Post-69 Boyz, Lemonhead and Jay Ski formed the Quad City DJ’s, of C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train) fame, while Bryant later reinvented himself as Thrill Da Playa.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Quad City DJ’s

Lyrics Written by:

  • Albert V Bryant
  • Pat Hicks