Down at the Twist and Shout

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"Down at the Twist and Shout"
Single by Mary Chapin Carpenter
from the album Shooting Straight in the Dark
Released June 3, 1991
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:21
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Mary Chapin Carpenter
Producer(s) Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Jennings
Mary Chapin Carpenter singles chronology
"Right Now"
(1991)
"Down at the Twist and Shout"
(1991)
"Going Out Tonight"
(1991)

"Down at the Twist and Shout" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Mary Chapin Carpenter. It was released in June 1991 as the third single from the album Shooting Straight in the Dark. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1] The song features backing from members of BeauSoleil, who are also name-dropped in the lyrics.[2] Carpenter (and BeauSoleil) performed the song pregame at Super Bowl XXXI.

In 1992, "Down at the Twist and Shout" won Carpenter a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.[3]

Alvin and the Chipmunks recorded a cover for their 1992 album Chipmunks in Low Places.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jack Cole and premiered in mid-1991.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 7
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 82
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 69. 
  2. ^ Shooting Straight in the Dark (CD). Mary Chapin Carpenter. Columbia Records. 1990. CK 46077. 
  3. ^ [1], accessed March 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  5. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Mary Chapin Carpenter.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.