Sidewalk Talk

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"Sidewalk Talk"
Single by John "Jellybean" Benitez
from the album Wotupski!?!
Released 1984
Format 12" single, 7" single
Recorded 1984
Genre Freestyle, Pop
Length 3:58 (Radio edit)
6:04 (Extended version)
Label EMI
Writer(s) Madonna
Producer(s) John "Jellybean" Benitez
Jellybean singles chronology
"Sidewalk Talk"
(1986)
"The Mexican"
(1984)

"Sidewalk Talk" is a single by American record producer John "Jellybean" Benitez, released in 1984 by EMI Records (see 1984 in music). The song was originally written by Madonna during the beginning of her career and given to Jellybean.

Song information[edit]

The artist credit of this recording is Jellybean, with vocals from Catherine Buchanan (nicknamed "Catt") acknowledged on the disc sleeve. Madonna's writing credit is on the cover of the single, and shares vocals on the chorus and solos on some verses.[1] "Sidewalk Talk" reached the #1 position on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart on February 1, 1985. It was a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #18.[2][3] In 1986, Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their TV series episode "Chipmunk Vice" (a spoof of the TV series Miami Vice). "Sidewalk Talk" appeared in the 1999 film Flawless and on its soundtrack album.

Track listings and formats[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[13] 51

Personnel[edit]

Performers[edit]

  • Bass guitar by Marcus Miller
  • Synthesizer by Boyd Jarvis, Fred Zarr, Stephen Bray
  • Electric guitar by Ira Siegel
  • Percussion instruments by Bashiri Johnson and Trevor Gale [Simmons' toms]
  • Drum programming by John "Jellybean" Benitez, Stephen Bray
  • Backing vocals by Audrey Wheeler, Cindy Mizelle, Madonna
  • Vocals by Catherine Buchanan and Madonna

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jellybean* - Sidewalk Talk 7" - Discogs.com - Retrieved on November 23, 2008
  2. ^ Billboard Hot 100 - Week of Dec. 07, 1985 - Sidewalk Talk, Billboard.com, Retrieved November 23, 2008
  3. ^ Hot Dance Club Play - Sidewalk Talk, Billboard.com, Retrieved November 23, 2008
  4. ^ US 12-inch vinyl, Discogs.com, Accessed November 24, 2008
  5. ^ US 12-inch promo, Discogs.com, Accessed November 24, 2008
  6. ^ US 7-inch vinyl, Discogs.com, Accessed November 24, 2008
  7. ^ Netherlands 12-inch vinyl, Discogs.com, Accessed November 24, 2008
  8. ^ European 7-inch vinyl, Discogs.com, Accessed November 24, 2008
  9. ^ UK 12-inch vinyl, Discogs.com, Accessed November 24, 2008
  10. ^ UK 7-inch vinyl, Discogs.com, Accessed November 24, 2008
  11. ^ Spain 12-inch vinyl, Discogs.com, Accessed November 24, 2008
  12. ^ Germany 12-inch vinyl, Discogs.com, Accessed November 24, 2008
  13. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - Sidewalk Talk - Billboard.com - Retrieved on November 23, 2008
Preceded by
"Loveride" by Nuance featuring Vikki Love
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 2, 1985 – February 9, 1985
Succeeded by
"Loverboy" by Billy Ocean