Mr. Big Stuff
|"Mr. Big Stuff"|
|Single by Jean Knight|
|from the album Mr. Big Stuff|
|B-side||"Why I Keep Living These Memories"|
|Label||Stax STX 1014|
|Jean Knight singles chronology|
"Mr. Big Stuff" is a song by singer Jean Knight. Released from her 1971 debut album of the same title, it became a huge crossover hit. The song spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, behind "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by The Bee Gees. "Mr. Big Stuff" would become one of Stax Records's most popular and recognizable hits. It was also featured in the 1977 mini-series, "The Bronx Is Burning.".
- American all-female heavy metal band Precious Metal (which included singer-guitarist Janet Robin as a member) released a cover of the song from their self-titled 1990 album.
- Martha Wash covered the song for the soundtrack of the film Disney's D2: The Mighty Ducks.
- Canadian singer Sheree Jeacocke included a cover of the song on her 1995 EP Jeacocke.
- R&B duo Nikki & Rich recorded a cover of the song for the 2011 film Hop.
- Britta Phillips, as the character Billy, did a cover on this on the 1988 movie Satisfaction.
- In 1987, rapper Heavy D recorded "Mr. Big Stuff", which also became a hit. Though his version was entirely different from the original version, Knight's hook line ("Mr. Big Stuff, who do you think you are?") was prominently featured throughout the song.
- In 1994, the song was prominently interpolated into TLC's "Switch" on their CrazySexyCool album.
- A sample of the composition was used for the self-titled song by Queen Latifah, Shades and Free, which was included on the soundtrack of the 1996 movie The Associate.
- "Mr. Big Stuff" was sampled in 2000 by Everclear in the song "AM Radio" from their album Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile."
- Girl Talk sampled a portion of this song on his track, "Let It Out" from the album All Day
- Beastie Boys sampled the famous "Who do you think you are?" lyric in their song "Johnny Ryall" from Paul's Boutique.
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|Billboard Soul Singles number-one single
July 3–31, 1971
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