Shame, Shame, Shame (Shirley & Company song)

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"Shame, Shame, Shame"
SandC Shame.jpg
Single by Shirley & Company
from the album Shame, Shame, Shame
B-side "More Shame" (U.K., Europe)
"Shame, Shame, Shame" (Instrumental) (U.S.)
Released 1974
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1974
Genre Disco, soul
Length 3:47
Label Vibration
Songwriter(s) Sylvia Robinson
Shirley & Company singles chronology
"Shame, Shame, Shame"
(1974)
"Cry, Cry, Cry,"
(1975)
"Shame, Shame, Shame"
(1974)
"Cry, Cry, Cry,"
(1975)

"Shame, Shame, Shame" is a 1974 hit song written by Sylvia Robinson, performed by American disco band Shirley & Company and released on the Vibration label. The lead singer is Shirley Goodman, the male vocalist is Jesus Alvarez.[1]

The track, with its prominent use of the Bo Diddley beat, was one of the first international disco hits and reached number 12 on the Billboard charts. It also hit number one on the soul singles chart for one week.[2] "Shame, Shame, Shame" also stayed at number one on the disco/dance charts for four weeks.[3] It was, however, the sole success of this one-hit wonder band: a full-length album Shame, Shame, Shame was subsequently recorded and was released in 1975.[4]

The lead singer Shirley Goodman, was one half of the duo Shirley and Lee who had enjoyed a major hit 18 years earlier, in 1956, with the song "Let The Good Times Roll" for Aladdin Records.

Chart performance[edit]

"Shame, Shame, Shame"
SinittaShame.jpg
Single by Sinitta
from the album Naughty Naughty
B-side "Maybe Someday"
Released 1992
Format 7" single
Recorded 1974
Genre Pop, soul
Length 4:00
Label Arista
Producer(s) Mark Taylor, Terry Adams
Sinitta singles chronology
"Love and Affection"
(1990)
"Shame, Shame, Shame"
(1992)
"Aquarius"
(1993)
"Love and Affection"
(1990)
"Shame, Shame, Shame"
(1992)
"Aquarius"
(1993)

Cover versions[edit]

Linda Fields & The Funky Boys covered a nearly identical sounding version, released as a single (7") in 1975 (credited to Linda & the Funky Boys); it was re-released in 1983 as a 12" EP. This version appears on several disco compilations and is often confused with the original. Polish-Swedish singer Izabella Scorupco recorded a cover version of the song in 1992 which was a charted hit in a number of European countries. It appears on an extended version of her 1991 album Iza. Also in 1992, the song was covered by British-American singer Sinitta. It was released as a single and peaked at number 28 in the United Kingdom. It was later included on her third studio album Naughty Naughty (1995). The A-Teens recorded a cover of the song for their album New Arrival (2003). Henri Salvador recorded a French version of the song, with the title "J'aime tes g'noux" ("I like your knees"). The song was also sung on the Cher show by Cher and Tina Turner in the mid-1970s. It was recorded by The Rolling Stones in 1974 but never released.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's *Top Pop Singles, 12th Edition, 2009
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 523. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 232. 
  4. ^ Shirley & Company, Billboard
  5. ^ a b David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992"
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Shirley And Company - Shame, Shame, Shame". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Shirley And Company - Shame, Shame, Shame". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  8. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts". Musicline.de. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  10. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40 (1975-03-22). "Top 40-lijst van week 12, 1975". Top40.nl. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  11. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1975-05-12. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  12. ^ "Top 100 1975". top-source.info. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 496. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  14. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  15. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending MONTH DD, 19YY at the Wayback Machine (archived 30 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  17. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1975 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1975-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  18. ^ "Top 100 1975 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  19. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
Preceded by
"I'll Be Holding On" by Al Downing
Billboard Disco Action number-one single
(Shirely & Company version)

January 18 – February 8, 1975
Succeeded by
"Hijack" by Herbie Mann
Preceded by
"Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
(Shirley & Company version)

March 1, 1975
Succeeded by
"Express" by B. T. Express
Preceded by
"Fox on the Run" by Sweet
German Singles Chart number-one single
(Shirley & Company version)

18 April – 2 May 1975
Succeeded by
"Fox on the Run" by The Sweet