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

Album: Dimension Dolls, Volume 1 (1963)
Charted: 7
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Songfacts®:

  • This was written by the husband-and-wife songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Carole King helped provide backup vocals.
  • Bette Midler covered this for her 1973 self-titled album. Her version was part of a medley that included the following songs of the sixties: "Uptown" and "Da Doo Ron Ron" (both were hits for The Crystals). >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for above 2

Comments: 5

  • Moanin' Lisa from Chillicothe Mo.Sacre bleu !! Man, does this Cookies song bring back the memories! The lead singer had such a distinctive, sexy voice. Me & my cousins Minnie and Big Candee loved singing their songs back in high school. Weren't the Cookies the background singers on some of Little Eva's recordings? Thru the years, I heard that an Earle-Jean McCrea was their lead singer, from various radio DJs back in the 60s. True or false? They had IIsuch great vocal harmony. I didn't know they became Ray Charles's Raelettes. In 1986, I saw the great Ray Charles in concert in Little Rock Arkansas & at the time I didn't even realize the Raelettes were formerly The Cookies. I still hear their songs on "oldies radio."
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 15th 1963, the Cookies began a week long engagement at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in New York City...
    At the time the trio's "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" was at #54 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; the following month on April 21st it peaked at #7 on the chart {See next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 24th 1963, "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" by the Cookies entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #96; and on April 21st it peaked at #7 (for 2 weeks) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #3 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    The group had three other records make the Top 100; "Chains" (#17), "Will Power" (#72), and "Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys" (#33)...
    The original three members of the trio (Dorothy Jones, Ethel McCrea, and Beulah Robertson) would later become The Raelettes, the backing vocalists for the great Ray Charles.
  • John P. Tamburro from Maywood, NjThis is a great song with a great beat. I really like how the background singers drive the song while the lead singer sings in a soft and sexy voice. It should have hit number 1 in 1963.
  • Gretchen from Lafayette, CaThis song was performed nicely in the movie "The Best of Times" with Robin Williams and Kurt Russell
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