There's a Ghost in My House

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"There's a Ghost in My House"
Single by R. Dean Taylor
  • "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

"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.

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]

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] A version was included by Graham Parker in 2000 on Loose Monkeys, an album of out-takes.[8]


  1. ^ "45 Discography for V.I.P. Records". Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  2. ^ "R Dean Taylor". 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.

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