Talk That Talk (Jackie Wilson song)

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"Talk That Talk"
Single by Jackie Wilson
Released December 1959
Format 7"
Genre R&B
Label Brunswick Records

Talk That Talk is a 1959 hit song written for Jackie Wilson by Sid Wyche. It was released, with Only You, Only Me as the B-side, on Brunswick Records in the US and in the UK on Coral Records.[1][2][3] It was on the release of "Talk That Talk" that Wilson met his second wife Lynn.[4] "Talk That Talk" reached #3 in R&B and #34 in pop charts.[5] Wilson recorded the song with chorus and orchestra under Decca Records' veteran arranger Dick Jacobs. Jacobs was criticised for the "cleaned up" sound of using white backing singers, but defended the decision as driven by the limited number of formally trained backing singers available at the time.[6]

The lyrics begin "Shooby do do wop do Shooby do do wop do" and continue "You ought to see my baby, Walkin down the isle with me, Arm and arm with me..."


  1. ^ Hit Records: 1950 - 1975 D. F. Lonergan - 2005- Page 217 " Talk That Talk Sid Wyche Jackie Wilson; Brunswick #34; 01/04/1 960 4775. "
  2. ^ Brunswick Records - Jackie Wilson Wyche was responsible for "Talk That Talk," Wilson’s smash near year’s end.
  3. ^ Avram Mednick The 100 Greatest Rock'N'Roll Songs Ever 2000 - Page 274 "In 1960, he was in the charts with “Talk That Talk”, “Night” (based on Camille Saint-Saëns' “Samson And Delilah”), a million seller ... After a period of few hit records but much success in nightclubs and theaters, Jackie Wilson had a heart attack ..."
  4. ^ Tony Douglas Jackie Wilson: Lonely Teardrops 2013 "She wasn't interested in rock 'n' roll, but that day something happened that altered her life forever Jackie Wilson. For Lynn it was "destiny". Jackie had another name for it kismet (fate) ... He did his just-released "Talk That Talk". He dashed across the floor, winking,"
  5. ^ Jay Warner On this Day in Black Music History 2006 Page 336 "1960 Jackie Wilson's "Talk That Talk" charted, reaching #3 R&B and #34 pop."
  6. ^ Musician - Issues 111-116 1988 - Page 24 "I've been severely criticized for using white back-up singers on this and other Jackie Wilson records. This did not reflect a racial bias, nor was it an attempt to "clean up" Jackie's sound. The simple fact was that in the early-to-middle 1950s it was tremendously difficult to find black vocal groups who read music, and we simply didn't have the budget for the time to teach them the parts.... the charts, Jackie became a one-man hit factory with "That's Why (I Love You So)," "I'll Be Satisfied," "Talk That Talk," "A Woman, ..."