Poison Ivy (song)

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"Poison Ivy"
Single by The Coasters
B-side"I'm a Hog for You"
ReleasedAugust 1959
RecordedJuly 16, 1959
GenreR&B
Length2:43
LabelAtco 45-6146
Writer(s)Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
The Coasters singles chronology
"Along Came Jones"
(1959)
"Poison Ivy"
(1959)
"What About Us"
(1959)
 
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"Poison Ivy"
Single by The Coasters
B-side"I'm a Hog for You"
ReleasedAugust 1959
RecordedJuly 16, 1959
GenreR&B
Length2:43
LabelAtco 45-6146
Writer(s)Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
The Coasters singles chronology
"Along Came Jones"
(1959)
"Poison Ivy"
(1959)
"What About Us"
(1959)

"Poison Ivy" is a popular song by American songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally recorded by The Coasters in 1959. It went to #1 on the R&B chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] This was their third top-ten hit of that year following "Charlie Brown" and "Along Came Jones."

The song discusses a girl named Ivy, calling her "Poison Ivy" because of her reputation with men as a player. In a recently published biography about Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, the song's authors, it was confirmed that they also intended Ivy's "poisonous" nature to be a code for her actually carrying a sexually-transmitted disease. She is compared to measles, mumps, chickenpox, the common cold, and whooping cough, but is deemed worse, because "Poison Ivy, lord, will make you itch."

The song also makes references to other flowers such as a rose and a daisy.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 125. 
  2. ^ "The Dave Clark Five". unknown. c.late 90s-2000s. Archived from the original on 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b c Nuttall, Lyn (2000s). "Feature Item - poparchives.com.au - Poison Ivy". Lyn Nuttall. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ "The Paramounts". unknown. c.late 90s-2000s. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
Preceded by
"I'm Gonna Get Married" by Lloyd Price
"You Better Know It" by Jackie Wilson
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
October 5, 1959
October 26, 1959 - November 9, 1959
Succeeded by
"Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips with The Twilights
"So Many Ways" by Brook Benton