Album: Mockingbird (1963)
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  • This is based on a traditional American folk song sometimes known as "Hush Little Baby." The song is a lullaby, intended to soothe a young child to sleep with promises of expensive gifts. Northern Mockingbirds were often kept as pets in America, which explains the significance of the lyrics.
  • Bo Diddley used the traditional lyrics for his 1955 song "Bo Diddley," but his song had a completely different arrangement.
  • Inez and Charlie Foxx were brother and sister. In 1974, James Taylor and Carly Simon, who were married at the time, recorded their version, which was also a hit. Country singer Toby Keith recorded it with his teenage daughter Krystal in 2004, and that same year, Eminem made it into a song for his daughter Hailie. Eminem's song veers from the traditional lyrics as he details his struggles to raise his daughter and threatens to break the bird's neck if it doesn't sing.
  • Toby Keith did a duet of this song with his daughter, Krystal, for his 2004 Greatest Hits Volume 2 album.
  • This song is part of a key scene in the 1994 movie Dumb and Dumber, where Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels sing it for musical entertainment.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 10th 1965, Aretha Franklin performed "Mockingbird" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Two years later on December 17th, 1967 her covered version of the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    {See next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 17th 1967, Aretha Franklin's covered version of "Mockingbird" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #94; the following week it remained at #94 and that also was its final week on the Top 100...
    It reached #57 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...
    The Queen of Soul, born Aretha Louise Franklin, will celebrate her 73rd birthday in three months on March 25th {2015}.
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