Don't Mess with Bill

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For the 1980 documentary film, see Don't Mess with Bill (film).
"Don't Mess with Bill"
Single by The Marvelettes
from the album The Marvelettes Greatest Hits
B-side "Anything You Wanna Do"
Released November 26, 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; June 1965
Genre Soul/pop
Length 2:51
Label Tamla
T 54126
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
The Marvelettes singles chronology
"Danger! Heartbreak Dead Ahead"
(1965)
"Don't Mess With Bill"
(1965)
"You're the One"
(1966)

"Don't Mess with Bill" is a million-selling, Gold-certified single recorded by The Marvelettes. Written and produced by Smokey Robinson, "Don't Mess with Bill" features a lead vocal by Wanda Young. The single peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and at #3 on Billboard's R&B singles chart. "Don't Mess with Bill" was the Marvelettes' final Top 10 Pop single, although they scored three additional Top 10 hits on Billboard's 'Soul' chart (for a total of 11).

The titular "Bill" referenced in the song is not an allusion to the song's author, Bill "Smokey" Robinson. Robinson reports that he chose the name because it fit the lyrics, not because it was his.[citation needed] "Don't Mess With Bill" has also been recorded and released by Monalisa Young.

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