Mama Said (The Shirelles song)

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"Mama Said"
Single by The Shirelles
from the album The Shirelles Sing to Trumpets and Strings
B-side"Blue Holiday"
ReleasedApril 1961
Format7" single
RecordedBell Sound Studios, New York, New York, U.S.
Songwriter(s)Luther Dixon, Willie Denson
Producer(s)Luther Dixon
The Shirelles singles chronology
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
"Mama Said"
"A Thing of the Past" / "What a Sweet Thing That Was"

"Mama Said" is a song performed by The Shirelles, written by Luther Dixon and Willie Denson. It became a top ten hit, on both the pop and R&B charts, when it was released as a single in 1961. "Mama Said" went number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B chart.[1] It has been covered by American Spring, Melanie, Dusty Springfield, and The Stereos as well as a young Dionne Bromfield. It was also the inspiration for "Days Like This" by Van Morrison. It was also covered by Nick Lowe on his 2001 album The Convincer. The song was featured during the closing of the third season Orange is the New Black episode "Fake it Till You Fake it Some More." The song also appeared in the seventh season of Adventure Time at the end of the eponymous episode, "Mama Said."

Billboard named the song #44 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[2]


Chart (1961) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Sides 2

Dionne Bromfield version[edit]

"Mama Said" was covered by Bromfield for her album Introducing. It made #43 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 523.
  2. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "DIONNE BROMFIELD FEATURING DIGGY SIMMONS". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 June 2013.

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