Ya Ya

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For the film, see Ya Ya (film).
"Ya Ya"
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Single by Lee Dorsey
from the album Ya Ya
Released 1961
Genre Soul, rock and roll
Writer(s) Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson, and Morris Levy

"Ya Ya" is a song by Lee Dorsey. The song was written by Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson and Morris Levy. Levy’s participation in the writing has been previously called into question. In fact, the Flashback release of the single (image) lists only Dorsey and Lewis as writers, as do the liner notes to the American Graffiti soundtrack.[1]

The song was inspired by a children’s nursery rhyme.

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the R&B singles chart in 1961.[2]

The Beatles version[edit]

According to author Mark Lewisohn in "The Complete Beatles Chronicles" (p. 365) The Beatles performed Ya Ya regularly live from 1961 till in 1962 (in Hamburg and Liverpool and elsewhere). The lead vocal was always by John Lennon. No recorded version is known to survive. However immediately after The Beatles left Polydor Records their close associates Tony Sheridan and Roy Young cut a version of it for that studio. Much later (1974) John Lennon cut a fine version for his Rock And Roll album.


Preceded by
"Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles and His Orchestra
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
November 6, 1961
Succeeded by
"Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes


  1. ^ 41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti (CD Booklet). MCA. 1973. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 169. 
  3. ^ "Petula Clark in the French charts". Petulaclark.net. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  4. ^ Walls and Bridges (Booklet). John Lennon. Apple Records. 1974. 

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