Lovey Dovey

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"Lovey Dovey"
Single by The Clovers
A-side "Little Mama"
Released 1954
Genre R&B
Length 2:54
Label Atlantic Records 45-1022
Songwriter(s) Memphis Edward Curtis, Ahmet Ertegun

"Lovey Dovey" is a popular American rhythm and blues song originating in the 1950s and written by Eddie Curtis and Ahmet Ertegun, with the latter usually credited using his songwriter's pseudonym "Nugetre" - Ertegun spelled backwards. The song deals with the singer's relationship with his sweetheart and is performed in a light-hearted style.[1]

Numerous artists have recorded the song. The song's initial recording by The Clovers is probably the most notable, as it reached #2 for five weeks on the R&B charts in 1954.[2] Cover versions have been recorded by:


Lyrics from "Lovey Dovey" (particularly "You're the cutest thing, That I ever did see, I really love your peaches, Wanna shake your tree"), were used by Steve Miller in his 1974 chart-topping single "The Joker". "The Joker" in turn was later sampled on another number one hit, "Angel" by Shaggy, giving Ahmet Ertegun credit as a songwriter on the latter.[3]


  1. ^ Propes, Steve (1973). Those Oldies But Goodies: A Guide to 50's Record Collecting. The Macmillan Company, New York. p. 33. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 124. 
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (March 31, 2001). "US Pop Stars Go 'Over' The Top". Chart Beat. Google Books: Billboard magazine. p. 94. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 

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