|Single by Lee Dorsey|
|from the album Ya Ya|
|Genre||Soul, rock and roll|
|Songwriter(s)||Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson, and Morris Levy|
"Ya Ya" is a song by Lee Dorsey. The song was written by Dorsey, C. L. Blast, Bobby Robinson, and Morris Levy. Levy's participation in the writing has been called into question; the Flashback release of the single lists only Dorsey and Blast as writers, as do the liner notes to the American Graffiti soundtrack.
The song was inspired by a children's nursery rhyme, and includes session guitar player Jimmy Spruill on it.
The song reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the R&B singles chart in 1961.
According to author Mark Lewisohn in The Complete Beatles Chronicles (p. 365), the Beatles regularly performed "Ya Ya", live from 1961 to 1962 in Hamburg, Liverpool and elsewhere. John Lennon was always the lead vocalist on this number but no recorded version is known to exist.
|EP by |
Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers
|Genre||Rock and roll|
However, Tony Sheridan, the Beatles' close associate, recorded a live version of the song for Polydor Records which was released in October 1962 on the A-side of a German extended play[nb 1]. This 45RPM is credited to Tony Sheridan & "The Beat Brothers" who are often wrongly believed to be the Beatles. But the fledgling British group had no involvement in recording this track although "Sweet Georgia Brown", included on this disc, is indeed recorded by them.
7" EP Polydor – 21 485 (1962, Germany.)
In 1964, "Ya Ya" (Part 1) was included as filler on the German compilation album "The Beatles' First!" and the complete recording can be heard on The Early Tapes of the Beatles, the 1984 CD reissue of this album.
In 1974, John Lennon included a snippet of the song on the album Walls and Bridges with himself on vocals and piano, credited as "Dad", and his 11 year old son Julian on the snare drum. Lennon covered the song fully on his 1975 album Rock 'n' Roll.
|"Ya ya twist"|
|Single by Johnny Hallyday|
|from the album Retiens la nuit|
|Songwriter(s)||French adaptation: Lucien Morisse, Georges Aber|
|Johnny Hallyday singles chronology|
French singer Johnny Hallyday covered the song in French. His version, titled "Ya ya twist", reached No. 1 in Wallonia (the French speaking part of Belgium) in 1962.
7" EP Philips 432.739 BE (1962, France etc.)
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||1|