Let's Jump the Broomstick

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"Let's Jump the Broomstick"
Single by Brenda Lee
from the album Brenda Lee
B-side "Some of These Days"
Released April 1959
Genre Rockabilly
Length 2:25
Label Decca 30885
Writer(s) Charles Robins
Brenda Lee singles chronology
"Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home"
"Let's Jump the Broomstick"
"Sweet Nothin's"

"Let's Jump the Broomstick" is a song written by Charles Robins and performed first by a black Nashville group, Alvin Gaines & The Themes, in 1959, then covered that year by Brenda Lee. Her version reached No.12 in the United Kingdom in 1961.[1] The song was featured on her 1960 album, Brenda Lee.[2] The song is based on the popular custom and phrase jumping the broom.

The song was arranged by Owen Bradley.[3]

Other versions[edit]

In media[edit]

  • The song was used for a lyp-synch contest on the October 4, 1963 episode of Ready Steady Go! (the first appearance of The Beatles - who had once been Brenda Lee's opening act on a UK tour[6]), judged by Paul McCartney, who chose 13-year-old Melanie Coe as the winner; a few years later, after Coe ran off with a boyfriend, her disappearance made the front page of the Daily Mirror, which would serve as McCartney's inspiration for "She's Leaving Home".
  • Carly Michaels sang a version of the song May 28, 1994 episode of Stars in Their Eyes.


  1. ^ Guinness World Records British Hit Singles and Albums, 17th Edition (2004)
  2. ^ Brenda Lee, Brenda Lee Retrieved May 5, 2014
  3. ^ Brenda Lee, "Let's Jump the Broomstick" single release Retrieved May 5, 2014
  4. ^ Sandy Denny, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens Retrieved May 5, 2014
  5. ^ Coast to Coast, "Let's Jump the Broomstick" Chart Position Retrieved May 5, 2014
  6. ^ http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2007/s07050170.htm