You Can't Sit Down

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"You Can't Sit Down"
Single by The Dovells
from the album You Can't Sit Down[1]
Songwriter(s)Dee Clark, Kal Mann, Cornell Muldrow[1]

"You Can't Sit Down" was originally recorded in 1959 as "Can't Sit Down" by The Bim Bam Boos on Dasher Records catalogue number D-500 and credited to Dasher - Muldrow; it featured Philip Upchurch on guitar and Cornell Muldrow on organ. The later better-known recording of "You Can't Sit Down" by Phil Upchurch and his Combo (Upchurch, Muldrow, David Brooks, Mac Johnson and Joe Haddick) was re-recorded in New Orleans in 1960 and released in 1961 by Boyd Records (Boyd 3398) of Oklahoma with distribution by United Artists Records.[2] Upchurch's own version reached #29 on the Billboard pop charts.[3] This was followed by the vocal cover version by the Dovells that reached number three on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1963. It is based, at least in part, on the gospel song "Sit Down Servant".[citation needed]

The song references "South Street", which is the same good-time area the Orlons sang about in their 1963 song "South Street". The Orlons and the Dovells were both from Philadelphia.

Usage in media[edit]

The song was set to two Disney cartoons on D-TV, The Hockey Champ and Hockey Homicide. The Philadelphia 76ers used a modified version of the song with team-specific lyrics for the franchise's marketing campaign during the 1991–92 season.

Other versions[edit]

In 1962, it appeared as a cover on Booker T. and the MG's first album, Green Onions.[4] Also the Bar Kays and Hound Dog Taylor have recorded it (on albums Soul Finger and Natural Boogie). In 1964, the Kingsmen released a version on their LP The Kingsmen in Person. Paul Revere & the Raiders recorded the song on their 1965 album Here They Come!. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play a version as an encore number, in particular at the 12/08/1978 concert in Houston, TX.


  1. ^ a b Allmusic song info
  2. ^ JMS. "Artist: The Dovells (Canary) You can't sit down / Wildwood days". secondhandsongs. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles. 12th edition, 2009, p. 1013.
  4. ^ Allmusic chart history