Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)

The Cookies

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"Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" is a 1963 song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King for the girl group The Cookies. It was the group's most successful single and their only one to reach the top ten on the U. S. Pop charts. It peaked number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart in 1963. In this song, the Cookies' lead singer Earl-Jean McCrea utters a memorable warning: "So girl you better shut your mouth!" The song was used multiple times in the popular HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm in the season 7 episode, "The Bare Midriff. " Billboard named the song #86 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time. 


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1996
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He gets up each morning and he goes downtown
where everyone's his boss,
and he's lost in an angry land.
He's a little man.

But then he comes uptown
each evening to my tentament.
Uptown where folks don't have to pay much rent.
And when he's there with me
he can see that he's everything.
The man is tall, he don't crawl. He's a king.

Downtown he's just one of a million guys.
He don't get no breaks,
and he takes all they got to give
'cause he's got to live.

But then he comes uptown
where he can hold his head up high.
And uptown he knows I'm gonna be standing by.
And when I take his hand,
there's no man who can put him down, down, down.
Oh, the world's so sweet at his feet when he's uptown.
Whoa-oo-oh-whoa.
When he's uptown.
Whoa-oo-whoa-oo-whoa-oh-oh.

Don't say nothin' bad about my baby.
Don't say nothin' bad about my baby.
Don't say nothin' bad about my baby.
Don't say nothin' bad about my baby.
Don't say nothin' bad about my baby.
Don't say nothin' bad about my baby.
Don't say nothin' bad about my baby.
Don't!

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The Cookies

The Cookies were an American R&B girl group in the 1950s to 1960s. Members of the original lineup would later become The Raelettes, the backing vocalists for Ray Charles. more »

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Written by: CAROLE KING, GERRY GOFFIN

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10 facts about this song

Song Composition
"Don't Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)" was composed by songwriting duo Carole King and Gerry Goffin. King and Goffin were a highly successful couple known for their contributions to pop music during the 1960s.
Performing Artists
Although written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, the song was actually performed by The Cookies. The Cookies were an American girl group best-known for chart-topping hit songs in the early 1960s.
Record Label
The song was released through the record label Dimension Records. Dimension Records was a record company owned by Don Kirshner and mainly operated in the early 1960s.
Release Date
"Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" was released in 1963.
Chart Performance
Upon its release, "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, demonstrating the song's commercial success.
Genre
The song falls under the genre of pop and rhythm and blues (R&B). King and Goffin's compositions typically bridged the gap between these two genres.
Legacy
The song is remembered as important in the line-up of early "girl group" releases and was one of a number of successful singles released by The Cookies.
Cover Versions
Numerous artists have covered "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" since its original release, demonstrating its lasting relevance and popularity. Some of these cover artists include The Chiffons and Helen Shapiro.
Influence
The song is an early example of the "girl group" sound that would become highly prevalent and influential throughout the 1960s.
Backing Musicians
Notable backing musicians on the song included future members of The Wrecking Crew, a famous group of session musicians in Los Angeles.

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