The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane

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"The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane" is a popular song written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. The lyrics suggest that this "naughty lady" driving the whole town crazy is an attractive young woman who "throws those come-hither glances at every Tom, Dick and Joe" and "when offered some liquid refreshment never says no"; but the last line reveals her to be an infant "nine days old".

Popular versions of the song were the 1954 recordings by The Ames Brothers and by Archie Bleyer.

The recording by The Ames Brothers was made on September 8, 1954. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5897.[1] It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on November 20, 1954. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at #3; on the Best Seller chart, at #3; on the Juke Box chart, at #3.[2]

The Bleyer version was released by Cadence Records as catalog number 1254.[3] The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on November 24, 1954 and lasted 5 weeks on the chart, peaking at #26.[2]

Dean Martin covered the song in 1955 as well as Ray Charles in 1964. In 1995, the song was recorded by The Statler Brothers for their double album Sing The Classics (released on Mercury label).

In 2004, The Four Lads performed it with Pat Boone on the PBS made for TV special Magic Moments: The Best of 50's Pop.

In 2007, The Roches recorded a version on their album Moonswept.


Dean Martin
Chart (1955) Peak
United Kingdom (NME) 5[4]
United Kingdom (Record Mirror) 1[5]


  1. ^ RCA Victor in the 20-550-20-999 series
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1973): Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research
  3. ^ Cadence Singles/EP Discography (1953-1964)
  4. ^ "Artist Chart History Details: Dean Martin". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Smith, Alan. "Every No.1 in the 1960s is listed from all the nine different magazine charts!". Dave McAleer's website. Retrieved 4 November 2010.