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Single by The Isley Brothers
from the album Shout!
A-sideShout - part 1
B-sideShout - part 2
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1959
Format7" single
RecordedAugust 5, 1959, RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, New York, 1959
GenreRock and roll
Writer(s)Rudolph Isley
Ronald Isley
O'Kelly Isley, Jr.
ProducerHugo & Luigi
The Isley Brothers singles chronology
"I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door"

"Shout" is an influential popular song, originally recorded by The Isley Brothers. Released in 1959, it was written by the brothers themselves as a call-and-response answer to Jackie Wilson's seminal "Lonely Teardrops" which they interpreted after performing that song during a club date[citation needed].

While the song did not reach higher than #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, it became their first gold single on the basis of its longevity and became a much-covered tune, with many U.S. and international artists recording the song. Just one month after the initial release Johnny O'Keefe covered it in his Australian TV show Six O'Clock Rock reaching #3 in Australia. He re-recorded the song in 1964, but it was only a minor hit. [1] Joey Dee and the Starlighters reached #6 with their recording of the song in 1962, while the Isley Brothers' version re-charted that same year at #94. Scottish pop singer Lulu had a #7 UK hit with the song in 1964 (attributed to Lulu and the Luvvers),[2][3] and a #8 UK hit with a re-recorded version in 1986.[3] The Shangri-Las included a version of the song in their debut LP Leader of the Pack in 1965.[4] Tommy James and the Shondells recorded a version of the song on their 1967 album, I Think We're Alone Now.[5] The song, as performed by Otis Day and the Knights, was also prominently featured in the 1978 comedy film National Lampoon's Animal House. To this day, the song is regularly performed at Dartmouth College, the Ivy League institution in Hanover, New Hampshire upon which the Animal House story was based. The 1959 original by the Isley Brothers appeared in the 1982 comedy film Diner. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1996 album Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes with Simon providing the lead vocals. The song was also played by English band The Beatles and put on the album released in 1996, The Beatles Anthology. American punk rock band Green Day has also covered this song live. It has become a favorite of their live performances, and is coupled with the song "King For A Day"

The song was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It ranked #118 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

In popular culture

"Shout" has woven itself into many iconic American mediums such as a wedding dance song in which people progressively crouch down to the dance floor as the song gets quieter. It has been used in commercials for the S.C. Johnson & Son Shout brand of laundry spray. A parody of the song has been adapted to victory music and an ongoing promotional theme of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. The song was also used in several Elmo toys, one of which was pulled off the market due to many people hearing "beat up Elmo and shout, rip his fur out and shout" when it was supposed to be "be like Elmo and shout, shake your fur out and shout".[6] The song was featured heavily in the 1978 fraternity house film Animal House as performed by "Otis Day & the Knights," fronted by character actor Dewayne Jessie as Otis. Because of the use of this song in Animal House this song is used at the end of the 3rd Quarter at Oregon Ducks football games in Autzen Stadium because this stadium and college were used in the film.[7]


  • Ronald Isley – lead vocal
  • O'Kelly Isley, Jr. – background vocal
  • Rudolph Isley – background vocal


  1. "Johnny O'Keefe with the Rajahs - Shout (Parts 1 & 2)". Where Did They Get That Song?. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  2. "Lulu and the Luvers: Shout". Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved October 17, 2011. Enter Lulu for Artist and Shout for Title and click Search.
  4. "The Shangri-Las Albums". Leader of the Pack. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  5. Tommy James and the Shondells, I Think We're Alone Now Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  6. Maple, Sandy (July 3, 2007). "Elmo doll sings violent lyrics". Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  7. "About 'Otis'". Otis Day and the Knights. Retrieved October 17, 2011.

External links

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