The Five Keys, during their short stint with King Records, would carry out three recording sessions between 1959-1960 that would yield two albums for the label. One album, Rhythm & Blues Hits: Past and Present, would be released in 1960, while the other self-titled album would be released, oddly enough, 17 years later on the Gusto subsidiary. Note that the Five Keys original King album can fetch over $500!
One song title in particular seems to call attention to itself – “Your Teeth and Tongue (Will Get You Hung)” — fittingly, the album’s final track. Could this be an attempt at social protest, not unlike Lowman Pauling & the Five Royales’ “The Slummer the Slum”. Still decoding the lyric, but if true, might explain why this song was never put out for single release (*correction: Gusto would issue this song as a B-side in 1982).
The Capitol LP displayed in the YouTube audio clip below injects a bit of confusion into the mix: Is this version (as it appears to sound) the 1959 King recording, or could it be an earlier version from 1954 that would not see release until 35 years later?
“Your Teeth and Your Tongue (Will Get You Hung)” The Five Keys 1959
Production and groove sounds more like 1959 to me than 1954, wouldn’t you agree? “Your Teeth & Your Tongue” was recorded August 18, 1959 at King’s Cincinnati studio.