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- Song for the month of May 2014:

The Coasters - "Yakety Yak"

Music Charts Magazine® Song of the month May 2014 - The Coasters - Yakety Yak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Yakety Yak" is a song written, produced, and arranged by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for The Coasters and released on Atlantic Records in 1958, spending seven weeks as #1 on the R&B charts and a week as number one on the Hot 100 pop list. This song was one of a string of singles released by The Coasters between 1957 and 1959 that dominated the charts, one of the biggest performing acts of the rock and roll era.

The song is a "playlet," a word Stoller used for the glimpses into teenage life that characterized the songs Leiber and Stoller wrote and produced. The lyrics describe the listing of household chores to a kid, presumably a teenager, the teenager's response ("yakety yak") and the parents' retort ("don't talk back") — an experience very familiar to a middle-class teenager of the day.

 

Read more at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakety_Yak


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