There's a Ghost in My House

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"There's a Ghost in My House"
Single by R. Dean Taylor
B-side "Don't Fool Around"
UK: "Let's Go Somewhere"
Released April 1967
UK: 1974
Format 7"
Genre R&B, pop
Label V.I.P. 25042
UK: Tamla Motown TMG 896
Writer(s) Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, R. Dean Taylor
Producer(s) Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier

"There's a Ghost in My House" is a song written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland of Motown Records, together with R. Dean Taylor. It was originally recorded by Taylor in 1966.

Produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, it was released as a single on the Motown subsidiary V.I.P. label in April 1967,[1] but was not a hit. However, after it had become a popular dance song in Northern soul clubs in Britain, such as the Blackpool Mecca, R. Dean Taylor's record was reissued on EMI's Tamla Motown label with a B-side of "Let's Go Somewhere",[2] and reached no. 3 on the UK singles chart in 1974.[3]

Versions of the song were later recorded by British bands Yachts (1980), B.E.F. (British Electric Foundation) featuring Paul Jones (1982),[4] and The Very Things(1986).[citation needed] A version recorded by The Fall in 1987 became their first single to reach the top 50 in the UK, peaking at no. 30,[5] and was included on their album The Frenz Experiment. A version was released by Graham Parker in 2000 on "Loose Monkeys", an album of out-takes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ V.I.P. Records discography
  2. ^ "R Dean Taylor". Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 773. ISBN 0-00-717931-6. 
  4. ^ "There's a Ghost in My House" at
  5. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 271. ISBN 0-00-717931-6. 

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