Shout (The Isley Brothers song)

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Single by The Isley Brothers
from the album Shout!
A-side Shout - part 1
B-side Shout - part 2
Released September 21, 1959
Format 7" single
Recorded August 5, 1959, RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, New York
Length 2:15 (part 1)
2:10 (part 2)
Label RCA
Writer(s) O'Kelly Isley, Jr.
Rudolph Isley
Ronald Isley
Producer(s) Hugo & Luigi
The Isley Brothers singles chronology
"I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door"
Single by Joey Dee & the Starliters
Released 1962 (1962)

"Shout" is an American popular song, originally recorded by the Isley Brothers. Released in 1959, it was written by the brothers themselves as a call and response answer to Jackie Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops", which they would occasionally cover in live performances.


While the song did not reach higher than #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, it became their first gold single on the basis of its longevity and became a much-covered tune, with many U.S. and international artists recording the song. Just one month after the initial release Johnny O'Keefe covered it in his Australian TV show Six O'Clock Rock reaching #3 in Australia. He re-recorded the song in 1964, but it was only a minor hit.[3] Joey Dee and the Starliters reached #6 with their recording of the song in 1962 (the Starlighters also worked the call-and-response portion of the song into its even bigger hit, "Peppermint Twist"), while the Isley Brothers' version re-charted that same year at #94.

Scottish pop singer Lulu had a #7 UK hit with the song in 1964 (attributed to Lulu and the Luvvers),[4][5] and a #8 UK hit with a re-recorded version in 1986.[5] The Shangri-Las included a version of the song in their debut LP Leader of the Pack[6] in 1965 as did the Kingsmen on their Volume 3 album in 1965 and 15 Great Hits album in 1966. Tommy James and the Shondells recorded a version of the song on their 1967 album, I Think We're Alone Now.[7]

The song, as performed by Otis Day and the Knights, was also prominently featured in the 1978 fraternity house film National Lampoon's Animal House. To this day, the song is regularly performed at Dartmouth College, the Ivy League institution in Hanover, New Hampshire upon which the Animal House story was based. The 1959 original by the Isley Brothers appeared in the 1982 comedy film Diner. Question Mark & the Mysterians recorded a version of the song on their 1967 album, Action.[8] Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1996 album Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes with Simon providing the lead vocals. The Beatles included a live version of the song on their 1996 rarites compilation, Anthology 1. American rock group Bon Jovi has covered this song live preceded by "Bad Medicine". American punk rock band Green Day performed the song on their 2005 live album Bullet in a Bible after "King for a Day".[9] Also Bruce Springsteen often performs this song live in a medley with "Twist and Shout". Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) and Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris) performed the song in the 2013 Glee episode "Girls (and Boys) On Film". Robbie Williams performed the song as part of a "Call & Response Medley" on his Swings Both Ways tour in 2014, along with "Reet Petite" and "Hit the Road Jack".

The song was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It ranked #118 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

In popular culture[edit]

"Shout" has woven itself into many iconic American mediums such as a dance song in which people progressively crouch down to the dance floor as the song gets quieter. For example, at the end of the 3rd quarter of an Oregon Ducks game at Autzen Stadium, in recognition of National Lampoon's Animal House being filmed at the University of Oregon, the crowd traditionally dances to the song. A parody of the song has been adapted to victory music and (through a 1987 version recorded by Scott Kemper) an ongoing promotional theme of the NFL's Buffalo Bills.[10][11] The song was also used in several Elmo toys, one of which was pulled off the market due to many people hearing "beat up Elmo and shout, rip his fur out and shout" when it was supposed to be "like Elmo and shout, shake your fur out and shout".[12] The song was featured heavily in Animal House as performed by "Otis Day & the Knights," fronted by character actor Dewayne Jessie as Otis.


The Shangri-Las version[edit]

  • Mary Weiss — lead vocals
  • Mary Ann Ganser — background vocals
  • Margie Ganser — background vocals

Lulu version[edit]

  • Lulu — lead vocals

The Beatles version[edit]

Buffalo Bills version[edit]

  • Scott Kemper — vocals


  1. ^ "The Isley Brothers - Inductees - The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation". Retrieved 2015-07-14. 
  2. ^ "Shout by The Isley Brothers Songfacts". Retrieved 2015-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Johnny O'Keefe with the Rajahs - Shout (Parts 1 & 2)". Where Did They Get That Song?. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lulu and the Luvers: Shout". Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved October 17, 2011.  Enter Lulu for Artist and Shout for Title and click Search.
  6. ^ "The Shangri-Las Albums". Leader of the Pack. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Tommy James and the Shondells, I Think We're Alone Now Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Question Mark & the Mysterians, Action Retrieved July 3, 2015
  9. ^ "Green Day - Bullet In A Bible Album Tracklist". 2005-11-15. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  10. ^ Mooshil, Maria (2006-12-01). "10 more things to know about Bears fight song". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  11. ^ O'Shei, Tim (September 12, 2015). "He makes you want to shout: meet the singer of the famous Bills jingle". The Buffalo News. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ Maple, Sandy (July 3, 2007). "Elmo doll sings violent lyrics". Retrieved October 17, 2011. 

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