There's a Ghost in My House

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"There's a Ghost in My House"
Single by R. Dean Taylor
B-side
  • "Don't Fool Around"
  • UK: "Let's Go Somewhere"
ReleasedApril 1967
UK: 1974
GenreR&B, pop
LabelV.I.P. 25042
UK: Tamla Motown TMG 896
Songwriter(s)Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, R. Dean Taylor
Producer(s)Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
Official audio
"There's a Ghost in My House" on YouTube

"There's a Ghost in My House" is a song written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland of Motown Records, together with R. Dean Taylor. It was originally recorded by Taylor in 1966, and it reached No. 3 in 1974 in the UK.

Background[edit]

"There's a Ghost in My House" was produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. It was released as a single on the Motown subsidiary V.I.P. label in April 1967,[1] but was not a hit. However, after it had become a popular dance song in Northern soul clubs in Britain, such as the Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino, R. Dean Taylor's record was reissued on EMI's Tamla Motown label with a B-side of "Let's Go Somewhere",[2] and reached no. 3 on the UK Singles Chart in 1974.[3]

Covers[edit]

Versions of the song were later recorded by British bands Yachts (1980), B.E.F. (British Electric Foundation) featuring Paul Jones (1982), and the Very Things (1987).[4][5] A version recorded by the Fall in 1987 became their first single to reach the top 50 in the UK, peaking at no. 30,[6] and was included on their album The Frenz Experiment.[7] Graham Parker recorded a version released in 2000 on Loose Monkeys: Spare Tracks and Lost Demos.[8]

Charts[edit]

R. Dean Taylor[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 30
UK Singles (OCC)[10] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "45 Discography for V.I.P. Records". Globaldogproductions.info. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  2. ^ "R Dean Taylor". 45cat.com. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 773. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
  4. ^ "Original versions of There's a Ghost in My House by B.E.F. featuring Paul Jones". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  5. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate Books, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 42
  6. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 271. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
  7. ^ Ned Raggett. "There's a Ghost in My House - The Fall | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  8. ^ "There's a Ghost in My House - Graham Parker | Song Info". AllMusic. 1999-01-20. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  9. ^ "R. Dean Taylor – There's a Ghost in My House" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ "R. Dean Taylor: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.