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"Ah! Leah!" is a song by Mark Avsec and American rock musician Donnie Iris from his 1980 album Back on the Streets. The song was released as a single in late 1980 and reached number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100, 22 on the Cash Box Top 100, and 19 on the US Billboard Top Tracks chart. The song is widely considered to be Iris' signature song[1] and was most popular in Canada, where it became a Top 10 hit.[2]

"Ah! Leah!"
Ah Leah.jpg
Single by Donnie Iris
from the album Back on the Streets
B-side"Joking"
ReleasedOctober 1980
Format7"
Recorded1980
GenreRock, new wave, power pop
Length3:41
LabelMidwest National
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Mark Avsec
Donnie Iris singles chronology
"Ah! Leah!"
(1980)
"I Can't Hear You"
(1981)

A full complement of eight musicians appeared in the early live performances of the song, including lead singer Iris, a drummer, three guitar players, one keyboardist and at least two backing vocalists, one female and one male.

The title of the song has been referenced in the form of puns on a few of Iris's later albums—the 2009 live album Ah! Live! and the 2010 Christmas album Ah! Leluiah!.

Electric Six covered the song on their cover-album Mimicry and Memories (2015).[3]

Chart performanceEdit

Album appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Popdose Guide to Donnie Iris and the Cruisers: It's a Rough World". Popdose.com. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  2. ^ a b "Top Singles". RPM. 21 March 1981. Archived from the original on 27 May 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Final track listing for Mimicry and Memories". Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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