Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)

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"Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)"
Single by The Cookies
Released1963 (US)
Songwriter(s)Gerry Goffin, Carole King

"Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" is a 1963 song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King for the girl group The Cookies. It was the group's most successful single and their only one to reach the top ten on the U.S. Pop charts. It peaked number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart in 1963.

In this song, the Cookies' lead singer Earl-Jean McCrea utters a memorable warning: "So girl you better shut your mouth!"

The song was used multiple times in the popular HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm in the season 7 episode, "The Bare Midriff."

Billboard named the song #86 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[1]


Charts (1963) Position
U.S. Pop[2] 7
U.S. R&B 3


  1. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Cookies – Chart history". Retrieved July 11, 2017.