Don't Be Angry

"Don't Be Angry" is a popular song written by Nappy Brown, Rose Marie McCoy, and Fred Mendelsohn and published in 1955. Brown released it in 1955, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard R&B charts.[1] It also went to No. 25 on the US Best Seller list. [2]

"Don't Be Angry"
Single by Nappy Brown
Released1955
Recorded1955
GenreR&B, soul, blues
Songwriter(s)Nappy Brown, Rose Marie McCoy, Fred Mendelsohn
"Don't Be Angry"
Single by The Crew-Cuts
Released1955
Recorded1955
GenreVocal Pop, Doo-wop, R&B, Traditional pop music, Jump blues, Big band
Length2:11
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Nappy Brown, Rose Marie McCoy, Fred Mendelsohn
The Crew-Cuts singles chronology
"Sh-Boom"
(1954)
"Don't Be Angry"
(1955)
"Earth Angel"
(1955)

A different song with the same title was written and made into a top 10 (No. 4) country hit in 1964 by Stonewall Jackson. It was covered by Billy "Crash" Craddock in 1973 reaching No. 33, and more successfully by Donna Fargo reaching US No. 3 in 1977[3] and No. 10 in Canada.[4]

Another song of the same title was written by Walter Donaldson in the 1920s, and played as a Fox-Trot.

Cover versionsEdit

  • A recording by The Crew Cuts was released by Mercury Records. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on April 30, 1955. On the disk Jockey chart, it peaked at No. 14. On the Best Seller chart, it peaked at No. 14 and lasted 8 weeks. On the Juke Box chart, it peaked at No. 19. The flip side was "Chop Chop Boom."
  • A recording by American doo wop group, The Cadets, was also released in April 1955.
  • The song was covered by Bad Manners on their 1981 album Gosh It's... Bad Manners.
  • Nick Curran released a cover version of the song on his album "Doctor Velvet" on February 4, 2003.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Obituary in The Independent
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 89.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 213.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1977-01-29. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  5. ^ "Discography on allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15.