There's A Ghost In My House

Album: The Motown Story (1967)
Charted: 3


  • In spite of its title, there is nothing supernatural about this song. Co-written with Brian Holland, Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier, this uptempo track about a love that is no more flopped in the US but was a big hit in the UK. In R. Dean Taylor: raising a ghost, an article/interview published in the July 6, 1974 issue of Melody Maker, Taylor said it was originally recorded on Tamla Motown several years previously, but the label never did anything to promote it. They weren't really interested in him as an artist because they had a name for being a black label. He added: "I hope it will eventually be strong for white artists too, but I can't wait for that. I can't hang around. I could be 68 years old." He was "staggered but delighted" when "Ghost" started leaping up the British charts having been adopted by the Northern Soul and disco circuit.

    Although recorded early on in his career, it remains one of the white Canadian's two biggest hits. The original B Side was "Let's Go Somewhere". >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • In 1987 longstanding Manchester alternative rock band The Fall covered this to record their first UK Top 40 hit (#30).


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Kerry Livgren of KansasSongwriter Interviews

In this talk from the '80s, the Kansas frontman talks turning to God and writing "Dust In The Wind."

Stand By Me: The Perfect Song-Movie CombinationSong Writing

In 1986, a Stephen King novella was made into a movie, with a classic song serving as title, soundtrack and tone.

Guy ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett are just a few of the artists who have looked to Clark for insightful, intelligent songs.

The FratellisSongwriter Interviews

Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.

George ClintonSongwriter Interviews

When you free your mind, your ass may follow, but you have to make sure someone else doesn't program it while it's wide open.

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"They're Playing My Song

Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.