Ain't That a Shame

Infobox Single
Name =Ain't That a Shame!

Artist =The Four Seasons
from Album =Ain't That a Shame and 11 Others
B-side =Soon (I'll Be Home Again)
Released =April 1963
Format =7"
Recorded =
Genre =Rock
Length =2:36
Label =Vee-Jay Records
Writer =Antoine Domino, Dave Bartholomew
Producer =Bob Crewe
Certification =
Last single =Walk Like a Man
This single =Ain't That a Shame!
Next single =Candy Girl
"After "Ain't It a Shame", mainstream artists began covering Domino's songs. Teresa Brewer, for instance, performed the Domino rewrite of a folk song called "Bo Weevil".

According to legend, Pat Boone suggested the title and lyrics be altered to "Isn't That A Shame" to make it more appealing to a broader audience but was dissuaded by his producers. [Cavallo, Dominick (1999). "A Fiction of the Past: The Sixties in American History", p. 151. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-21930-X.] Despite his suggestion being rejected, Boone had his first "Billboard" number-one single in 1955. This song is played from the Jimmy Clanton show at the Boomtown Casino.

On the screen

Fats Domino can be seen performing this song in the 1956 film "Shake, Rattle & Rock!".The song is heard in "American Graffiti", and is used in the movie "October Sky", School Ties as well as the movie Mischief which was set during 1956. As of April 2007 the song can be heard in commercials for Dr Pepper.


* Pat Boone in 1955. It hit #1 for two weeks on the Billboard "Most Played in Jukeboxes" charts.
* Four Seasons in 1963. It was a mild hit, though a drastic rearrangement. It charted at #22.
* Cheap Trick in 1979. It charted at #35 after being released on their "Live At Budokan" album.
* John Lennon in 1975 on "Rock 'n Roll"
* Paul McCartney in 1990 on "Tripping the Live Fantastic". Recorded live during his Japanese tour.
* The Dump in 2007. Recorded live in Provo, Utah.

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