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Joanna

by

Kool & the Gang



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This was a huge hit for Kool & the Gang, and their second most successful song after "Celebration." It's a love song for a particular woman. In the video, Joanna is a well-liked waitress in a popular local diner who was once quite the glamor girl. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
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Comments (6):

On February 25th 1984, Kool and the Gang performed "Joanna" on the NBC-TV program 'Saturday Night Live'...
Four months earlier on October 30th, 1983 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and on February 5th, 1984 it peaked at #2 (for 1 week) and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 6 of those 21 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
And on January 8th, 1984 it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
The week is was at #2 on the Top 100 chart, the #1 record was "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club...
On the same 'SNL' program they also performed "Celebration"; which reached #1 in 1981 on both the Top 100 and the R&B Singles charts.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
I don't think The White Stripes did a cover of "Joanna", as far as I know, Michaela. You may be thinking of "Jolene", the Dolly Parton cover released by The Stripes as a single in 2000 on the B-side of "Hello, Operator".
- Duffy, Sparks, GA
My mom had told me one day that this song was written for her by a guy that came to see her about everyday when she was a waitress/manager at the Copper Penny. She had told me this when I was about 10 year old. She had told me how the song-writer had told her how he needed to change the name of the song to Joanna so that the song can have a good rythm. My mom's name is Jo ANN. I believed her some. When I was doing some research today about this song, I was shocked when I saw that the music video was filmed at a diner and indeed is about a waitress and written for a waitress and that indeed there was a song name change. Maybe my mom was telling me the absolute truth. Ha!
- Bert, Glendale, CA
You are correct. Actually, the first lyrics were: "Dear mom, you know my heart is true. That's why I wrote this song especially for you". Thank you J.T. for coming up with the change to "Joanna". This song was almost not included on the album.
- Rick, Toms River, NJ
The White Stripes have done a cover of this song.
- Michaela, Houston, TX
According to All Music Guide this was originally titled "Dear Mom."
- Edward Pearce, Ashford, Kent, England
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