A Rockin' Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)

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"A Rockin' Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)"
Single by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
B-side "I Believe"
Released May 1960
Genre Soul
Length 2:25
Label Mercury Records 71565
Writer(s) Brook Benton, Clyde Otis, Luchi de Jesus
Producer(s) Clyde Otis
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton singles chronology
"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)"
(1960)
"A Rockin' Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)"
(1960)

"A Rockin' Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)" is a song first recorded by The Spaniels in 1958.[1] In 1960, the song was recorded as a pop and R&B duet by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton. The single was the second pairing for both Washington and Benton. Just as their previous single had done, "A Rockin' Good Way" went to number one on the R&B Sides chart and was a top ten pop single as well.[2]

The song was written by Benton, Clyde Otis and Luchi de Jesus [3]

A cover version of the duet by the UK's Shakin' Stevens and Bonnie Tyler was released in 1983 and made number 5 in the UK singles chart and number 1 in Ireland. It was included on Stevens' 1984 album "The Bop Won't Stop".

Charts (Stevens and Tyler 1983 cover)[edit]

Charts Peak
position
Irish singles charts 1
Norway singles charts 4
UK singles charts 5
Dutch singles charts 8
New Zealand singles charts 8
Austria singles charts 9
Swiss singles charts 10
Sweden singles charts 11
Australia singles charts 21
Germany singles charts 22

References[edit]

Australia [1]

Austria [2]

Sweden [3]

Irish [4]

UK [5]

Swiss [6]

New Zealand [7]

Dutch [8]

Germany [9]

Norway [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 54. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 612. 
  3. ^ BMI entry for the song
Preceded by
"Cathy's Clown" by The Everly Brothers
Billboard Hot R&B Sides number-one single
June 20, 1960-July 4, 1960 (three weeks) (first run)
Succeeded by
"There's Something on Your Mind" (Part 2) by Bobby Marchan
Preceded by
"There's Something on Your Mind" (Part 2) by Bobby Marchan
Billboard Hot R&B Sides number-one single
July 18, 1960 (second run)
Succeeded by
"This Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington