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“The Coasters – Charlie Brown (he’s a clown)”

September 9, 2016

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The Coasters singles chronology
“The Shadow Knows”
(1958) “Charlie Brown”
(1959) “Along Came Jones”
(1959)

“Charlie Brown (he’s a clown)”
is a popular Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller song that was a top-ten hit for The Coasters[1] in the spring of 1959 (released in January, coupled with “Three Cool Cats,” Atco 6132).[2] It went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts, and was the first of three top-ten hits for the Coasters that year. It is best known for the phrase, “Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?”

According to Jerry Leiber, “After ‘Yakety Yak,’ I thought we could write every Coasters song in ten minutes. Man, was I wrong! When we tried to write a follow-up, Mike had lots of musical ideas, but I was stuck. … After nearly a week of agonizing, a simple name came to mind. ‘Charlie Brown.’ Then, ‘He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown.’…

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