Your Mama Don't Dance
|"Your Mama Don't Dance"|
|Single by Loggins and Messina|
|from the album Loggins and Messina|
|Recorded||1972 at Columbia Studios, Los Angeles|
|"Your Mama Don't Dance"|
|Single by Poison|
|from the album Open Up and Say...Ahh!|
|B-side||Tearin' Down the Walls|
|Released||February 1, 1989|
|Poison singles chronology|
"Your Mama Don't Dance" is a hit 1972 song by the rock duo Loggins and Messina. Released on their self-titled album Loggins and Messina, it reached #4 on the Billboard pop chart and #19 on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart as a single in early 1973.
This song, whose refrain and first verse is done in a blues format, deals with the 1950s and 1960s lifestyle concerning the generation gap, where the parents oppose the Rock and Roll Revolution, of the younger generation, which includes the rebelliousness against the old society that monitors curfews on dating, as well as being arrested for making love with a girl in the back seat of a car, during a drive-in movie, which happens during the bridge section of the song.
When released as a single, it was the duo's biggest hit as well as their only gold single.
"Your Mama Don't Dance" was covered in 1985 by the rock band Y&T, in 1988 by the rock band Poison, and it was the fourth single from their second album Open Up and Say...Ahh!. The Poison version released as a single in 1989 on Capitol Records reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #39 on the Mainstream rock charts. The song also charted at #21 on the Australian charts and #13 on the UK Singles chart. The single's B-side is "Tearin' Down the Walls".
Elvis Presley covered it as a part of a medley on his 1974 live album Elvis: As Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis.
The song was used as the title to a dance/reality competition series of the same name on Lifetime television network in 2008.
"Your Mama Don't Dance" is on the following albums:
The Poison version is available on:
- Open Up and Say...Ahh!
- Swallow This Live (live version)
- Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986-1996
- Crack a Smile...and More! (Unplugged)
- The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock
- Open Up and Say...Ahh! - 20th Anniversary Edition
The Y&T version is available on:
Loggins & Messina version
- Kenny Loggins - vocals, electric guitar (plus solo)
- Jim Messina - vocals, electric guitar
- Jon Clarke - baritone saxophone
- Al Garth - alto saxophone
- Larry Sims - bass, backing vocals
- Merel Bregante - drums, backing vocals
- Michael Omartian - piano
- Milt Holland - congas, cowbells
Loggins and Messina version
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||19|
|Australian ARIA Charts||21|
|UK Singles Chart||13|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||10|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||39|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
- Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
- "Allmusic (Poison charts and awards) Billboard singles".
- "Poison chart stats". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31.