Jack the Ripper (song)

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"Jack the Ripper"
Single by Screaming Lord Sutch
B-side "Don't You Just Know It" (UK)
"I'm a Hog For You" (Germany)
Released March 1963 (1963-03)
Format 7"
Recorded Holloway Road
Islington, England
Genre Garage rock
Length 2:57
Label Decca
F 11598 (UK 7")
DL 25202 (Germany 7")
Songwriter(s) Clarence and Charles Stacy (Stacey)
Walter Haggin (Hagen)
Joe Simmons (Symonds)
Producer(s) Joe Meek
Screaming Lord Sutch singles chronology
"Good Golly Miss Molly"
"Jack the Ripper"
"She's Fallen In Love With A Monster"
"Good Golly Miss Molly"
"Jack The Ripper"
"She's Fallen In Love With A Monster"

"Jack the Ripper" is a song written by Clarence Stacy, his brother Charles Stacy, Walter Haggin and Joe Simmons, and first recorded by Clarence Stacy in 1961. His recording, arranged by Lor Crane, was issued that year as a single on the Carol record label in New York City.[1][2][3]

The most famous recording was by English musician Screaming Lord Sutch, released as a 7" single in the UK and Germany in 1963 on Decca. It was credited as written by "Stacey, Hagen, Symonds", produced by Joe Meek and recorded in his Holloway Road studio in Islington, England. The song was banned by the BBC upon its release.[4]

Musical composition[edit]

Sutch's version of "Jack the Ripper" is two minutes and forty-eight seconds long, in the key of B-flat major, and 4/4 time. It begins with the sound of footsteps and a woman screaming, followed by a rendition of the "Danger Ahead" motif by the guitar and drum kit, accompanied by a ghoulish moan from Screaming Lord Sutch. The song itself is a three-chord song, with a vamp played by guitar and bass, with accompaniment by piano and drum kit, which is repeated throughout.


Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Clarence Stacy – Cherry Tree Resident Makes Good", CherryTree, WV, 23 August 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2014
  2. ^ Clarence Stacy, "Jack the Ripper", at popsike.com. Retrieved 2 May 2014
  3. ^ "Jack the Ripper" at BMI. Retrieved 2 May 2014
  4. ^ Hai, Bali. "Screaming Lord Sutch: Sutch's Life". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  5. ^ Twitch. "6.1 The ever growing list of cover songs". SECTION 6 - SONG INFO. whitestripes.net. Retrieved 2007-12-29.  External link in |publisher= (help)