Bishop Bullwinkle

Daddy B. Nice's #51 ranked Southern Soul Artist

Portrait of Bishop Bullwinkle  by Daddy B. Nice

"Hell Naw To The Naw Naw"

Bishop Bullwinkle

Bishop Bullwinkle is the #13-ranked southern soul artist on Daddy B Nice's new Top-100 Chart---The New Generation. Click here.

September 1, 2019: A Belated Obituary

Bishop Bullwinkle: Gone But Not Forgotten

Days after having a heart attack and complications from a stint, Bishop Bullwinkle (born Bernard Thomas) died on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019 in a Tampa Bay-area hospital. The 70-year-old Plant City, Florida pastor, whose claim to fame was "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw," a southern soul song/slash/sermon from the “First Church Of Nothin’ But Da Truth,” was based on an instrumental track from southern soul star Bigg Robb's song "Country Girl". Released as a YouTube video rather than a single, "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" went on to become a viral hit and novelty sensation, garnering millions of views. It also eventually thrust Bullwinkle into court, where Bigg Robb (Robert Smith) sued and won a copyright infringement case.

“Bullwinkle” was a nickname picked up in Bernard Thomas’s childhood, when a TV cartoon show named "Rocky & Bullwinkle" was popular. In later life Thomas combined "Bullwinkle" with "Bishop" when he decided to record the rap-slash-sermon lambasting the hypocrisies he witnessed in his church and neighborhood. When Bullwinkle auditioned and filmed the tune for Mobile, Alabama's WDLT radio station via a microphone and boombox in a Mobile shopping mall, the song soon went viral, ultimately becoming the #1-ranked song in southern soul:


Daddy B. Nice's TOP 25 SOUTHERN SOUL SONGS OF 2015

1. "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" ------Bishop Bullwinkle

Once in awhile, a song comes along that makes everyone feel like they've been creating inside a "box". "Hell To The Naw Naw" was such a record.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on YouTube.


A wake was held for Bishop Bullwinkle on June 28, 2019 at the Allen Chapel AME, 1109 East Laura Street, Plant City, Florida, followed by a funeral on June 29, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 3309 James L. Redman Parkway in Plant City. Daddy B. Nice had just published an update and appreciation of Bishop Bullwinkle ("Bishop Bullwinkle's New "No Woman, No Cry" Single") a few days before he was hospitalized. A posthumous digital album--The Da Vinci Code, Bullwinkle's first and last--was published two months to the day after he passed, August 16, 2019. (Scroll down this page.)

--Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

September 1, 2019:

New Album Alert!

Buy Bishop Bullwinkle's new THE DA VINCI CODE album at Apple.



Do You Hear Me

Beast of Burden

You Do Too

Pouring Water (On A Drowning Man)

No Woman, No Cry

Some Preachers

Is It Real?

Daddy B. Nice notes:

In a bittersweet twist, Bishop Bullwinkle's first full-length (digital only) album turns out to be his last and posthumous release. (See obituary above.) The compilation combines previously-released video singles such as "Some Preachers" and "You Do Too" with recently-released tunes, including covers of Bob Marley & The Wailers' "No Woman, No Cry" (see feature below) and The Rolling Stones' "Beast Of Burden." Watch for Bullwinkle's "Do You Hear Me Now?" on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles for September 2019.

--Daddy B. Nice

Listen to all the tracks from Bishop Bullwinkle's THE DA VINCE CODE on YouTube.

Buy Bishop Bullwinkle's THE DAVINCI CODE album at iTunes.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle's THE DA VINCI CODE on Spotify. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

To read "Daddy B. Nice on Plagiarism, Copyright Law, Copyright Infringement, Bigg Robb & Bishop Bullwinkle," scroll down this page to "Tidbits #4. To read Daddy B. Nice's profile/interview of Bishop Bullwinkle and biography, also scroll down. To automatically link to Bishop Bullwinkle's charted radio singles, awards, CD's and other citations on the website, go to "Bishop Bullwinkle" in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

June 5, 2019: Originally posted in Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

Bishop Bullwinkle's New "No Woman, No Cry" Single

Reggae was my blues in the seventies. I was in on it from the beginning, just as I've been in on contemporary southern soul from the get-go, just part of my never-ending search for new music, and what we need today is a movie soundtrack that brings southern soul to the world the way "The Harder They Come" brought reggae to the world in the early seventies. Jimmy Cliff was the star of the album and the movie, but my favorite cuts were by groups like The Melodians' and their bluesy "Rivers Of Babylon.

Without "The Harder They Come," "No Woman No Cry," which came years later, would have remained a regional Jamaican hit, never heard in the U.S. Without that album--one movie soundtrack, just one--reggae would have remained regional and never heard by the masses (like southern soul in 2019). And if the album hadn't appeared, there would have been no Bob Marley, who was simply an unknown member of a Kingston group called The Wailers. His group wasn't even invited to be on that landmark album.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "No Woman, No Cry" on YouTube while you read.

Bishop Bullwinkle is the only artist I'd be interested in hearing cover "No Woman No Cry," simply because the idea sounds preposterous. I certainly never imagined Bullwinkle in Jamaican-colored head wear, puffing on a big blunt, like he does on the artwork for "No Woman, No Cry".

Moreover, in Bullwinkle's passionate testimony, I hear lyrics I never understood (or bothered to pay attention to) in the thousand-plus times I've listened to the Bob Marley version. I remembered the phrase "mingling with the good people we meet/In the government yard in Trenchtown," but I'd never heard the scathing reference to "observing the hypocrites" (a critical phrase to have missed). And I had never heard an important line which Bullwinkle repeats in at least two verses: "Then I cooked some corn meal porridge/ Which I shared with you".

It's great to have Bishop Bullwinkle back. I wrote him off as a vanishing novelty act after a down and mostly absent year in my southern soul wrap-up for 2018: The Year In Review, and I'm so happy to have to eat my words. Bullwinkle's got another single out (even newer than "No Woman No Cry"), and he's once again touring on the concert scene.

Southern soul culture celebrates alcohol. Mel Waiters celebrated it in song and verse even though he didn't drink. Unlike rap and hiphop, southern soul is a "grown-folks" culture, licentious but law-abiding. So to see and hear Bishop Bullwinkle put his blunt out there for all to see--"Hell naw! to the naw naw!"--gave me renewed respect for the man.

And I should add a caveat. The fact that Bullwinkle is promoting his song by appearing to smoke a joint the size of Texas doesn't mean he smokes in real life. Why, he may never have touched the stuff! But the underlying fact is that with the release of that hilarious picture of him smoking herb, the good Bishop has broken one of the last southern soul taboos.

Of course, we all knew Bullwinkle was a brave man when he started singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" to that first shopping-mall audience in Mobile captured on YouTube (now gone). And I'm not talking about the watered-down, pureed version--good as it is--the "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" YouTube video people have to content themselves with on the Net nowadays. What is it?--Three years after the original went viral? I'm talking about the original with the Bigg Robb instrumental track (it was so much better, it pulled you along). I'm talking about the original with the "N-word" in the phrase "kids looking for a job/ with pants hanging down their knees/ I say, 'N----, please!"

This was part of his "blazing preacher" viral breakout. The phrase was perfect in the context of the lyric--and also rhythmic. I mean, if we can appreciate it when Richard Pryor says it, why can't we appreciate it when Bishop Bullwinkle says it?

Don't tell me. I know the answer to that question, and it bores me. Even Richard ended up repenting. That's why I'll continue to scratch out the new music like a barnyard rooster, getting it while it's fresh, in all its squirming and crawling messiness.

--Daddy B. Nice

See "No Woman, No Cry," Daddy B. Nice's #6-ranked Southern Soul Single for June '19 (right-hand column this page)

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Bishop Bullwinkle.

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February 28, 2018:

Daddy B. Nice Announces THE WINNERS of the 2017 (11th Annual) SOUTHERN SOUL MUSIC AWARDS.

Best Mid-Tempo Song

Top Contenders:
“I’m Stepping Out” ---- Mr. Campbell
"Kiss It Good-Bye" ---- Lomax
“I Can’t Be Faithful”----Big Pokey Bear & Bishop Bullwinkle
"Textual Harassment" ---- Nellie "Tiger" Travis
“You’re My Gold” ---- Joe “Blues” Butler
“My Country Girl” ---- Jeter Jones
"Shake Something (Remix)" ---- J. Red, Columbus Toy, Ms. Lady Blues
“Don’t Blame It On Jody” ---- Adrian Bagher
“Caller I.D.” ----- El’ Willie
“It’s The Weekend” ----- Magic One
“Stilettos & Jeans” ----- Sharnette Hyter & J.J. Callier
“Bedroom Rodeo (Remix)” ----- Big Yayo, Gentry Jones, Omar Cunningham
“Call Me” ----- Nelson Curry
“Preacher Car In My Yard” ---- Luther Lackey
“All I Need Is You” ----- Pokey Bear & Crystal Thomas
"I Had To Lie" ----- Ms. Jody
"Call My Name" ----- J. Red & Sharnette Hyter
“Neighbor” ----- Solomon Thompson
"Pretty Girl" ----- J-Wonn & Tucka
"I Left My Woman" ----- Stan Butler
"'Til The Sun Comes Up" ---- Tucka

Best Mid-Tempo Song: "I Can't Be Faithful" by Pokey Bear & Bishop Bullwinkle

Listen to Pokey Bear & Bishop Bullwinkle singing "I Can't Be Faithful" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide


December 2, 2017:

CHART-CLIMBER!: Bishop Bullwinkle And "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" Debut At #51 On Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 Southern Soul!

The chart ranks the top one hundred contemporary southern soul singles over the last eighteen years--ultimately a twenty-year period (from 2000-2020).

See Bishop Bullwinkle's new position on the Chart.

Bishop Bullwinkle also becomes the #51-ranked artist on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Artists Chart.

See the chart.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

More than two years have passed since Bishop Bullwinkle's "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" exploded on the southern soul scene, and Bishop Bullwinkle still has not recorded the song for purchase. It remains a YouTube phenomenon, and what a phenomenon. The various YouTube versions of the song have been viewed by millions of fans, and the seventy-something Bishop Bullwinkle has parlayed the success of the song into a lucrative touring career. Along with only Big Pokey Bear and Tucka, the Bishop (Bernard Thomas in real life) has hurdled scores of traditional and not-so-traditional southern soul recording artists to headline concerts throughout the South and even play the vaunted national Blues Is Alright Tour. The singer/comedian may be viewed as a "novelty" act, but so have countless other R&B performers who went on to fame on the national stage. While the lack of a recording resume has kept him off Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 Southern Soul Chart up until now, Bishop Bullwinkle can no longer be denied. He has vaulted over past chitlin' circuit comedians like Poonanny, Willie P. Richardson, Unckle Eddie and Marcel to become the greatest novelty act in contemporary southern soul music. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Scroll down this page to "Tidbits" for the latest updates on Bishop Bullwinkle. To automatically link to Bishop Bullwinkle's charted radio singles, awards and other citations on the Southern Soul website, go to "Bishop Bullwinkle" in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

May 2, 2017: Originally posted on Daddy B. Nice's Corner

41,000 Views In 1st Week!

Watch the official new video of Pokey Bear and Bishop Bullwinkle singing "I Can't Be Faithful" on YouTube.


Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

-------FEBRUARY 2017-------

1. “I Can’t Be Faithful”----Big Pokey Bear featuring Bishop Bullwinkle

The two biggest new stars in southern soul music team up for the first time on a Beat Flippa-produced track that continues Pokey’s theme of being “addicted to the women.” Hewing to his theme of preaching about worldly evils, in this case Pokey’s, Bishop Bullwinkle stuns with his crystal-clear clarity and tone, proving he’s not just a novelty act but a unique vocalist. DBN - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on YouTube while you read. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

--Daddy B. Nice

About Bishop Bullwinkle

November 26, 2015: Story & Interview

Daddy B. Nice's Profile of Bishop Bullwinkle

Bishop Bullwinkle's "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw": The Early Days...

Bishop Bullwinkle is a YouTube phenomenon. He has never released a single, much less an album. His fame/notoriety as an X-rated preacher/performer was ignited by an open-air appearance singing “Hell Naw To The Naw Naw” on the Tom Joyner morning show on WDLT, Mobile, Alabama a couple of years ago. The performance was posted on YouTube, gradually gaining millions of views.

You’ll have to content yourself with listening to the many YouTube versions of the song currently online, because Bishop Bullwinkle has shown no eagerness to release a record or even an online mp3. Be aware that many YouTube versions continue to be deleted by southern soul artist Bigg Robb for copyright infringement even as new versions proliferate. Regardless of the controversy, "Hell Naw" burst on the southern soul scene like no other tune in years.

See Daddy B. Nice’s #1 Southern Soul Single of 2015: “Hell Naw To The Naw Naw” by Bishop Bullwinkle.

Daddy B. Nice's TOP 25 SOUTHERN SOUL SONGS OF 2015

1. "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" ------Bishop Bullwinkle

Once in awhile, a song comes along that makes everyone feel like they've been creating inside a "box". "Hell To The Naw Naw" was such a record.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on YouTube.

Bigg Robb removed the official Bishop Bullwinkle video for "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" from YouTube for copyright infringement, citing Bullwinkle's unauthorized use of the instrumental track from Robb's "Looking For A Country Girl."

Juke Joint Music, the Bigg Robb album from which "Looking For A Country Girl" was taken, was first published and copyrighted by Robert Smith (Robb's given name) at CD Baby upon its initial issue in 2012.

In a related matter, Bishop Bullwinkle's "Some Preachers" has been reported to steal the instrumental track from Sheba Potts-Wright's "The Real Deal". "The Real Deal" was first published and copyrighted by Ecko Records and Sheba Potts-Wright on her LET YOUR MIND GO BACK album in 2011. At the time of this news story, the YouTube video for Bullwinkle's "Some Preachers" had not yet been taken down by the victims.

Bishop Bullwinkle's "Hell Naw 2 To Da Naw Naw"--an unheard-of and explicit preaching sermon set to R&B--caused a sensation throughout the chitlin' circuit over the course of the last year, dwarfing the usual numbers for southern soul video (the genre's main exposure for singles) and giving the idiosyncratic singer/preacher instant notoriety and "headliner" status in chitlin' circuit venues. And yet, the song was never made into a record, never offered for sale.

"Hell Naw 2 To Da Naw Naw's" first chart appearance was on....

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Preview For. . .

-------JUNE 2015---------

1. "Hell 2 Da Naw Naw"---------Bishop Bullwinkle

A one-in-a-thousand, hybrid gospel/southern soul song arising from a preacher's (or would-be preacher's) frustrations with the hypocrisy of his fellow churchgoers, "Hell To The Naw Naw's" six-plus blissful minutes go by way too quickly. Already a hit in Florida (Tampa, Orlando), the song has amassed 150,000 plays on YouTube and an astounding number of enthusiastic comments. And who wouldn't love someone named Bishop Bullwinkle?

Listen to Bishop Bull Winka singing "Hell To The Naw Naw" on YouTube.

One of the only two available YouTube versions of the song at the time was a video of a local shopping-mall appearance with Bishop Bullwinkle singing in front of a boombox for a few by turns enthusiastic and bemused onlookers and passersby. The video included J. Anthony Brown from former Dallas talk-show host Tom Joyner's morning show snatching the microphone from Bullwinkle and singing a verse of his own inspiration. (That video has also been removed by Bigg Robb.)

However, the initial online recognition for the song (your Daddy B. Nice later discovered) came in December of 2014, when the blog Southern Soul Paradise made "Hell To The Naw Naw" its "song of the day" and reported:

"This is one of those songs that is in so much demand in the south --- turn on any radio station in south central Alabama and you will hear it."

At the time, the song still hadn't made it to radio stations in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Bishop Bullwinkle made an appearance the following month as Daddy B. Nice's #3 Single for July:

3. "Some Preachers"-----Bishop Bullwinkle

I don't think you'll be hearing this follow-up to "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on the radio. It's true underground African-American "folk" culture, undiluted and outrageously raw, and it's the reason your Daddy B. Nice got into southern soul in the first place. If you think Bishop Bullwinkle "crosses the line" with lyrics like:

"Some preachers ain't shit.
Some preachers, they need to quit...."

....There's much worse. Listen to "retired preacher" Bullwinkle's full story in the song. You'll understand his anger and passion, and you'll realize he's following in the huge footprints of Clarence Carter, Marvin Sease and Bobby Rush.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Some Preachers" on YouTube.


Meanwhile, the letters kept pouring in--"More Clamor For Bishop Bullwinkle"--seeking to buy the (non-existent) two singles or CD.

By August the Bishop was a full-fledged phenomenon:


From Daddy B. Nice's Corner
August 22, 2015:


Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell 2 Da Naw Naw" (The Official Video) on YouTube.

Read more about Bishop Bullwinkle in Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag.

And here's a glimpse of the pre-"Hell To The Naw Naw" Bishop Bullwinkle, as an X-rated preacher-slash-stand-up comedian. Videos of his pre-singing appearances are proliferating on YouTube. There is a long tradition of story-tellers in the chitlin' circuit, Willie P. Richardson, Poonanny, and Marcel among them. Bishop Bullwinkle appears to come out of that lineage--with a dose of Richard Pryor.

--Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle story-telling "County Jail" on YouTube.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle preaching "The Great Titanic" on YouTube.


Gradually, biographical details of the mesmerizing, grey-whiskered, preacher-rapper emerged. Bishop Bullwinkle is the performing name of Bernard Thomas, 68-69 years old, of either-or-both Plant City, Alabama and Tampa, Florida.


Bigg Robb, when asked by your Daddy B. Nice about Bishop Bullwinkle...

....was surprisingly sanguine and complimentary of Bishop Bullwinkle "the person".

Asked about the upcoming concert (See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar) on Black Friday in Vicksburg when he and Bishop Bullwinkle would share the same venue for the first time, Robb said:

"Personally, I love Bernard Thomas aka Bishop Bullwinkle as a person. He is very witty and creative. The man is 68 years young and living his dream. That's a blessing from God."

But!... (Robb continued)

"As far as his infringement of my copyright, infringement of my master recording, infringement of my trademark, and exploitation of these things without compensating the songwriters, publisher and the record company which owns "Looking For A Country Girl," I think it's ridiculous and wrong.

"Those familiar with my catalog of music know that I have replayed and remade many songs from various songwriters. Put my own twist on them. And I've been blessed to have hits including these guys' music with my ideas, but I have always contacted the publishers and paid the royalties. As well as I normally shout out the originator of the music on the record. It's called "respect" and "following the rules".

"Please understand I am happy for the success of 'Hell 2 The Naw Naw" and look forward to performing on the same bill with Bullwinkle. I'm not mad at him for using my music. It's the biggest song in Southern Soul this year and I co-wrote it."

And when Bigg Robb says he "co-wrote" "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw," you can be sure of this. He means his name will be on the copyright if and when the song is published.



Daddy B. Nice notes: In a requested telephone interview with Daddy B. Nice that took place Saturday, December 12, 2015, Bishop Bullwinkle responded with anger and defiance to Bigg Robb's allegations of copyright infringement. The bulk of the interview was profanity-laced, and it was difficult to confirm details because of the one-sided, tirade-like nature of the exchange. Bullwinkle was sympathetic at times, but more often stressed, passionate, words tumbling out faster than he could think 'em or I could write 'em.

"Bigg Robb is a god-damned liar!" "Bigg Robb is a mother-f--g liar! Print it just like that on your website!"

This was Bullwinkle's pre-eminent theme, repeated a dozen times.

"John Ward ain't called me back. I'm waiting. He ain't done nothing. Bigg Robb told a big lie. I couldn't get a sample (from Robb). He didn't want to do it. Bigg Robb want to own the fucking song. We were going to partner. Then Robb want 70%. 'You take 30%.'

"Bigg Robb is a fucking liar. He been sampling records the whole time. Then he take "Naw Naw" off a YouTube. NBC contacted me. They wanna do a TV show on 'Naw Naw.' Bigg Robb contacted them and NBC dropped the show. NBC said it was because it sampled Marvin Gaye! And Bigg Robb was a friend of mine.

"They can all go to hell. I got a new track coming. I ain't taking that shit. Bigg Robb sent me some papers. I gave 'em to my lawyers. Let's go to court. What time we going? What's the fucking wait on? If I did something wrong, why ain't I in copyright court?

That's the real truth. If I disrespect you, take me to court. Bigg Robb needs to get his lawyer and his thick pieces of paper and talk to my lawyer. That's the truth."

--Daddy B. Nice



More Clamor For Bishop Bullwinkle:

Letters from Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag, Summer of 2015:


Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw (The Official Video)" on YouTube.

Daddy B Nice--

Can you tell me where I can buy Bishop Bullwinkle’s CD featuring Hell to the Naw?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hi, Lugenia. No CD. That's the bad news. Here's the good news. Bishop Bullwinkle just posted the "official video" on YouTube and it contains instructions for an mp3 download!

One good sign of future product: Bishop Bullwinkle is touring. For example, he'll be performing in Jackson, Alabama (not Jackson, Ms.) next weekend.(See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.)

Another side note: T.K. Soul protege Tha Don is coming out with a single called "Hell Naw." There is no connection with the Bishop Bullwinkle song. Tha Don's song is not a cover and is in fact a take-off on Pokey's "My Sidepiece," But it definitely traffics in Bishop Bullwinkle's territory by inviting confusion with Bishop Bullwinkle's title.

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw (The Official Video)" and DOWNLOAD, if desired," on YouTube.

*********** - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide




What's the word on this guy? Does he has a CD or just 2 singles out? I can't find anything online.....


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Yeah. Just the two singles. Not so long ago, just the one single. Bishop Bullwinkle is what I call "insider" music, meaning it's only for the fanatical few (like you and your DBN) who have a need for new music bordering on hunger. You might say southern soul as a genre is "insider" music. In this day and age of media and money everywhere, it's hard to visualize a portion of the population too poor to make the jump from recording a song with "Pro Tools" to distributing an actual record to the fans, but that's the facts of life in the poor South. Count your blessings, though. By putting those songs on YouTube, Bishop Bullwinkle has done what southern soul does best: given the fans an unfiltered taste of the real thing, the spiritual source of popular music. And he may get it together with a CD yet.

Daddy B. Nice

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" on YouTube.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Some Preachers" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles ("Hell 2 Da Naw Naw" #1 June 15 and "Some Preachers" #3 July 15).

R... replies

Thanks...... We don't get to hear a lot of soul music in the Washington DC area, on the radio... Just on line..... Thanks



May 13, 2016: News & Notes

The Latest On Bishop Bullwinkle

Really funny. The comments are pouring in about what people would say "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" to. Here's a sampling:

When you lose everything in Minecraft and can't find it when u die?

when you're not a little kid so you can't relate...?

Do you want Donald Trump for president??

When you find out zombies are at your door?

When you walk in to your room mate jerking and he asks for a hand?

When you see a spider on the ceiling.?

wen u see someone take out a Ouija board?

When they wish you a Marvelous Monday on the intercom?

When you in the hood and six people with guns point out you saying empty them pockets and you realize they are fake ass rpg players?

When you finally see your kids disrespecting you?

When Your Teacher Gives You Bunch Of Homework ?

When your mom asks if she can see your history on YouTube.?

When the Everyday ass eater ask for a hit of the Joint?

Despite all the memes and funny jokes, can we just take a moment to appreciate how good this song is?
God damn, i really dig this song. Hell 2 Da Naw!?

And so on and so forth....the jokes roll on and on, down the page.

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on YouTube. Press "Show More" and scroll down the left sidebar column for comments.

Also, regarding ongoing copyright issues on "Hell Naw To The Naw" (see Bishop Bullwinkle artist guide), the Bishop now has a new version of "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on YouTube, featuring a different instrumental arrangement, not quite as good--in your Daddy B. Nice's opinion--but still interesting.

Listen to "Bishop Bullwinkle Hell To Da Naw,Naw,Naw With Da Bicycle" on YouTube. (It's already got 160,000 visits.)

Lastly, your Daddy B. Nice recently closed out a column on "3 Red Herrings Southern Soul Artists Should Ignore" (scroll all the way down this page) with this paragraph:

I suspect that when big urban-radio chains tell southern soul artists to "tone it down," what they really mean is "to gentrify"--adopt the urban r&b signatures--and that's just not going to happen. Because that wouldn't be southern soul, would it?

I want to modify that to read:

I suspect that when big urban-radio chains tell southern soul artists to "tone it down," what they really mean is "to gentrify"--adopt the urban r&b signatures--and that's just not going to happen. Because that wouldn't be southern soul, would it? Not as long as Bishop Bullwinkle is in the house.

--Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide



Daddy B. Nice on Plagiarism, Copyright Law, Copyright Infringement, Bigg Robb & Bishop Bullwinkle




Daddy B. Nice notes: An individual in the southern soul community, who chooses to remain anonymous (a request I'll honor because he's paid his dues a dozen times over), has asked me to comment on the issue of copyright infringement prompted by the news that Bishop Bullwinkle used an unauthorized instrumental track to record "Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" and others. The individual even notes your Daddy B. Nice's own travails over the years with websites stealing his copyrighted "Concert Calendar."

Bishop Bullwinkle: See story on Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

First of all, I was as surprised as just about everybody else that the Bullwinkle instrumental tracks were stolen. Since the Bigg Robb and Sheba Potts-Wright singles weren't favorites (often-played tracks) of mine, I had to go back and listen to the originals to even believe it. The evidence is conclusive. Bullwinkle lifted the instrumental tracks on both--lock, stock, and smoking barrel.

Secondly, I want the artists to know I'm in solidarity with them on this issue. When Daddy B. Nice's "Concert Calendar" (right-hand column of this page) gets ripped off by competing websites, it puts your Daddy B. Nice into a "slow burn" very like what a recording artist feels upon hearing his instrumental track in someone else's song.

A little personal background. About fifteen years ago, I found myself travelling in the Deep South, following my daughter, a Marine pilot, to her various military bases, and in the course of these trips I discovered a form of contemporary rhythm & blues that was no longer played nationwide yet held passion, musical integrity, and a devotion to musicality that hiphop had largely left behind.

For the first time in my life, I knew I was the right guy (everything in my life had prepared me for this) in the right place (the Dirty South being the last place in the world I would ever have imagined myself) at the right time. I truly felt there was something important going on here (southern soul music) and--if not me--who was going to memorialize it? I couldn't bear the thought of this music appearing briefly in this tiny bosom of the country and disappearing forever.

So I started the website. I took out a second mortgage on my house (leading to my second divorce), sunk 35K into SouthernSoulRnB and my own computer literacy, and put in 25-30 unpaid hours per week over the last ten years into this gigantic, ever-growing anthill of information and opinion.

So when I see a competing website who has stolen my hard-researched data from my "Concert Calendar" above me on a search engine page for Ms. Jody's upcoming concerts, I want to "kill."

This, readers, is what a recording artist feels like when he hears his song ripped off, inserted into a competitor's song, playing on the radio or on YouTube. It's the ultimate, stinging slap in the face--a statement that all the work and years of preparation the original artist did was for naught...

....Someone else is taking the credit and reaping the rewards that were rightfully yours. This is especially galling in the southern soul "industry," where the financial rewards are so modest, or even non-existent, and where the accolades of peers and fans are often the only recompense.

In the world of journalism from which I came, it's called plagiarism and, traditionally (I won't speak for the wild-and-woolly digital age) being accused of plagiarism was a stigma strong enough to destroy a writer's career. And yet, there are only so many words and phrases to be used.

What if I asked you, as a person with at least a passing acquaintance with movies, where the expression, "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse," came from. Most everyone would say, "Why, that's the Godfather (Marlon Brando) in the movie "The Godfather," from the book by Mario Puzo.

In fact, that expression is a cliche and has been used again and again. The other day, I heard the villain in a black-and-white John Wayne western from 1933 ("Riders Of Destiny," long before "The Godfather") say the very same words--"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"--not once but twice.

So there are two issues here. In the entertainment business, nothing is new. There are only so many words and phrases to be used. It's the same with music, only most people don't "get it" the way they do with words. They don't understand that musical phrases are as specific and oft-used as are words.

Maybe, because I'm a onetime bassist (12 years acoustic bass, classically-trained), I believe the bass line is usually the key part (or phrase) of any instrumental track. (Drums, of course, too.) One of the slinkiest bass lines ever recorded motored Carl Sims "It Ain't A Juke Joint Without The Blues" (also a great YouTube video), but it wasn't the first time the bass line was used. Johnnie Taylor put down the same instrumental track a decade earlier in his "(Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed) You Know It Ain't Right." And it's anyone's guess how many iterations of the phrase preceded Taylor's.

Or, if you're really intent on a copyright puzzle and the frequency with which musical phrases are reinvented, compare the instrumental tracks of two of the most widely-known classics in popular music: Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" and B.B. King's "Big Boss Man."

Southern soul music is rife with such examples. Lebrado's "Coffee" is playing in my ear just now; the bass line is from Marvin Sease's "Do You Qualify?" I seldom listen to a song that doesn't remind me of another song or reference another. It's a sign of the genre's vitality and communal power.

The problem with Bishop Bullwinkle's "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" isn't in the quality of the work. On the contrary, once in awhile something comes along that's totally fresh and different, something that makes everyone feel like they've been creating inside a "box". "Hell To The Naw Naw" is such a record.

....Bishop Bullwinkle's song is more memorable than Bigg Robb's "Looking For A Country Girl," just as Bigg Robb's cover of "Good Loving Will Make You Cry"--properly licensed by Bigg Robb, by the way--was more memorable than Carl Marshall's original. You could say Bishop Bullwinkle's "Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" and Bigg Robb's "Good Lovin' (Remix)" were the highest artistic fruition of their respective musical phrases.

But listen carefully. Click the two links in the previous paragraph and compare them (they're identical), because it's important to understand the power and allure of SHEER ENTERTAINMENT, a temptation like gold fever of satisfying hordes of fans, that makes supposedly upstanding folks--people like Bishop Bullwinkle--abruptly lose their moral compass.

"Hell Naw 2 Da Naw Naw" lifts the entire instrumental track, intact, from Bigg Robb's "Looking For A Country Girl," and only two years after the former was released and copyrighted.

What makes people think they can steal creative property? Is it because they're cynical, used to taking short cuts, and think they can get away with it? Is it because they're entitled, and used to getting everything they want--instant gratification? Is it because they're so marginalized, so impoverished, so beaten-down that they no longer believe their actions have real-life consequences?

There are two ways performers, writers and producers can protect themselves from being intellectually mugged, and both are called "copyrighting". Compositions (the underlying structure of the song, including melodies, lyrics, chords, etc.) and Sound Recordings (the fixed master recording and/or audio file) are two separate copyrights.

Compositions are called “publishing rights,” while recordings are called “master rights.” Music publishers and songwriters control the publishing rights. Record labels and recording artists (if they own the label) own and control the master rights.

Under the present copyright law, a work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created. A work is created when it is “fixed” or embodied in a copy or record for the first time. Neither registration in the Copyright Office nor publication is required for copyright protection under the law. There are, however, certain advantages to registration, including the establishment of a public record of the copyright claim. This is obviously helpful if you do have to resort to litigation.

Composers and recording artists are compensated with royalties via "cue sheets" used by music organizations like BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), which track requests for use of the artists' material.

If you're an artist like Bishop Bullwinkle desiring to dip into another artist's work, you’ll first need to ask the question, "What am I looking to use? Am I creating a cover song? Am I sampling an existing recording?" Knowing the difference between compositions (the publishing rights) and sound recordings (the masters rights) is key to determining the necessary license.

Doing things The RIGHT WAY (i.e. being a professional) is simple. It only takes courage. Communication. At its most basic level, searching for a phone number, calling the artist, producer or composer and negotiating permission. People always ask me, "How do I get a hold of such-and-such artist?" And I always say, "Buy their CD and read the liner notes." Is ten bucks so much to get to where you're going?

No man is an island, standing in front of a deejay board under a tent in a shopping mall. Even that man--Bishop Bullwinkle--may find his short-cutted, stolen-slash-sampled creation an unexpected southern-soul hit single, along with all the scrutiny and notoriety that comes with fame.

--Daddy B. Nice

P.S. Here are some helpful links for artists seeking more information on copyrights and song registration.







February 1, 2016: 2015 Southern Soul Music Award Winner

Best Mid-Tempo Song: "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" by Bishop Bullwinkle

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Best Debut: "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" by Bishop Bullwinkle

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Best Songwriter: Bigg Robb & Bishop Bullwinkle: "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw"

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

See Daddy B. Nice’s Best of 2015.


6. Bishop Bullwinkle: Letters from fans

Originally posted on Daddy B. Nice's Mailbag. Transferred to Bishop Bullwinkle Artist Guide August 2018.

Looking For Bishop Bullwinkle

To whom it may concern:

I am sending this email because I have older parents who don’t use modern technology.

...My stepfather is looking for Bishop Bro Winkels song hell naw...on CD for his car. Can you tell me where I can purchase him this CD. I live in Memphis, Tn

Thank you

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Margo, I will post your e-mail on the Mailbag page, and right below it, you'll see a letter that came in just a week before yours, explaining where on the Internet you can download Bishop Bullwinkle's hit song. Hopefully, you can find some way to download it and burn it onto a CDR for your parents. This is the first opportunity to get Bishop Bullwinkle's music in the two years since "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" came out.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Bishop Bullwinkle. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Bishop Bullwinkle on Spotify!

Dear daddbnice:

I just went on your website and saw that Denise LaSalle passed away. I am so sorry to read the news. She was a very talented lady and I enjoyed listening to her songs in the few years since I've discovered Southern Soul Blues. I am sorry for the loss for her friends and family and for the fans.

I wanted to let you know that Bishop Bullwinkle has 3 songs on Spotify that I was alerted to via my "Release Radar" feature. These new releases post every Friday. The song that posted to my radar was "Hell to da Naw". The version is the one that is on You Tube with the bike. The song has already has 12,065 plays since being released yesterday. That won't get it viral, but that is pretty good. I also checked Google Play (available for 99 cents but if you have a subscription with them you can stream for free) and on Amazon (also for 99 cents but can stream for free with Amazon Prime).

Even though I can stream for free on Spotify and Amazon Prime I am going to show some love by buying the mp3.

Please spread the word since I know you love the song and so do I and a lot of others.

Christina Dodson

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thanks so much, Christina. That is great news for Bishop Bullwinkle fans who have repeatedly requested where to buy his music over the last couple of years. The "bicycle" version of "Hell Naw" isn't quite as good as the original "Hell Naw To The Naw Naw" with Bigg Robb's instrumental track, but I'm not going to quibble or even go there, given the copyright implications.

Christina replies:

I am also guessing that it's on iTunes but haven't checked since I don't use that. I have read all of the issues regarding the copyright on your website. I wish they they could be resolved because the original does sound better.

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Bishop Bullwinkle.

*********** - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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