Mr. Jaws

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"Mr. Jaws"
Mr. Jaws - Dickie Goodman.jpg
Single by Dickie Goodman
from the album Mr. Jaws and Other Fables [1]
B-side"Irv's Theme"
ReleasedSeptember 1975
GenreNovelty, spoken word
LabelCash 451
Producer(s)Bill Ramal, Richard Goodman
Dickie Goodman singles chronology
"Mr. President"
"Mr. Jaws"

"Mr. Jaws" is a novelty song by Dickie Goodman released on Cash Records in 1975.[2]

This record is a parody of the 1975 summer blockbuster film Jaws, with Goodman interviewing the shark (whom he calls "Mr. Jaws"), as well as the film's main characters, Brody, Hooper, and Quint. Goodman makes full use of his practice of "break-in" music sampling, in which all of the interview answers are lyrics from popular songs from that year.

The single peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1975.[2][3] On the Cash Box Top 100 it fared even better, reaching #1.[4]

Goodman would later make more parodies of Hollywood films, along with his political satire records. The B-side of this single was "Irv's Theme".

The name of the song's label, Cash Records, was another idea from Goodman after he was asked whom the record company should make the check out to.

The recording took place at Sear Sound in New York engineered by Russ Hamm. Originally the songs were sampled; however, when the record became a hit, the songs were replaced on later pressings by sound-alike recordings.


The songs that were sampled are:

On the album version of "Mr. Jaws", both "Please Mr. Please" and "Rhinestone Cowboy" were replaced by re-recorded budget sound-alike renditions.

Chart performance[edit]

Later uses[edit]

  • Goodman did a sequel entitled "Mrs. Jaws" in response to the film Jaws 2 (1978).
  • A sequel by another artist, "The Return of Mr. Jaws" was issued in 2005.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dickie Goodman - Mr. Jaws And Other Fables By Dickie Goodman (Vinyl, LP)". 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 260. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  3. ^ "Pink Floyd Has the Top Album". The Pittsburgh Press. 1975-10-05. p. H-6. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  4. ^ "Disc Jockey Special". The Daily News. Charlotte Amalie, V.I. 1975-10-11. p. 21. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 2016-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Top 100 1975-10-18". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada".

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