‘Ring My Bell’: How a Memphis teacher brought the Bluff City disco gold

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 14, 2019 4:05 AM CT | Published: November 14, 2019 4:05 AM CT
<strong>Anita Ward became well-known in 1979 with the hit song "Ring My Bell." Now retired, she still performs occasionally. &ldquo;... I don&rsquo;t have any regrets about it, because everybody&rsquo;s life, when we come into this world, is already predestined.&rdquo;</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Anita Ward became well-known in 1979 with the hit song "Ring My Bell." Now retired, she still performs occasionally. “... I don’t have any regrets about it, because everybody’s life, when we come into this world, is already predestined.” (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Songwriter Frederick Knight originally conceived “Ring My Bell” as a song for teens about talking on the phone, but it became a hit for older audiences in the disco-era when it came out on Anita Ward's debut album.

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Jared Boyd

Jared Boyd

Jared Boyd is an arts and culture columnist at The Daily Memphian and program manager for WYXR 91.7 FM. His friends call him "Jay B.," and you can, too.


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