The 'In' Crowd (song)

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"The 'In' Crowd"
Single by Dobie Gray
from the album Dobie Gray Sings for "In" Crowders That Go "Go-Go"
B-side"Be a Man"
ReleasedNovember 1964[1]
Recorded1964
GenreRhythm and blues
Length2:35
LabelCharger
Songwriter(s)Billy Page
Producer(s)Fred Darian
Dobie Gray singles chronology
"Look at Me"
(1963)
"The 'In' Crowd"
(1964)
"See You at the Go-Go"
(1965)
"The 'In' Crowd"
Single by Ramsey Lewis Trio
from the album The In Crowd
ReleasedJune 1965[2]
RecordedMay 1965, Bohemian Caverns, Washington, D.C.
Length3:00
LabelArgo
Songwriter(s)Billy Page
Producer(s)Esmond Edwards

"The ‘In’ Crowd" is a 1964[3] song written by Billy Page[3] and arranged by his brother Gene that was originally performed by Dobie Gray on his album Dobie Gray Sings for "In" Crowders That Go "Go-Go".


Chart Performance[edit]

In the US, Gray's powerful Motown-like version, complete with brass section, reached #11 on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart[4] and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 20 February 1965.[5] Outside the US, "The 'In" Crowd" went to #25 in the UK.[6] Gray's Shindig! performance of the song aired on 10 March 1965.[7]

Ramsey Lewis instrumental versions[edit]

The Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded an instrumental version of the tune later that same year. Their jazzy take, recorded live at Bohemian Caverns, a Washington, D.C., night club, reached #5 on the Hot 100 on 9 October 1965,[8] as well as peaking at #2 for three weeks on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart.[9]

Other versions[edit]

Song in popular culture[edit]

  • The instrumental was used for many years as background music of Jimmy Savile's Savile's Travels and Jimmy Savile's Old Record Club on BBC Radio.
  • The Bryan Ferry recording was heard in the 2019 documentary, "Halston"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 'In' Crowd / Be A Man - Dobie Gray". 45cat. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  2. ^ "The 'In' Crowd / Since I Fell For You - Ramsey Lewis Trio". 45cat. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  3. ^ a b "Second Hand Songs - Recording: The 'In' Crowd - Dobie Gray". Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 236.
  5. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1965-02-20
  6. ^ "Drift Away and In Crowd singer Dobie Gray dies at 71". BBC news. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Shindig! Show 27: March 10, 1965 - Beau Brummels, Tony Bennett, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Dobie Gray, Mickey Rooney Jr". tv.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  8. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1965-10-09
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 348.
  10. ^ https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/06/crawdaddy-classics-the-new-sounds-the-mamas-and-th.html
  11. ^ "UK Charts - Bryan Ferry". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 29 August 2016.