She's About a Mover

She's About a Mover is a 1965 song by the Sir Douglas Quintet.[3] and was quickly covered by several other artists. The song has a 12-bar blues structure, and is structured in a similar manner to The Beatles' "She's a Woman", Holland–Dozier–Holland's "Can I Get a Witness" and Ray Charles' "What'd I Say".[4]

"She's About a Mover"
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Cover of the 1965 Germany single
Single by Sir Douglas Quintet
from the album Mendocino
B-side"We'll Take Our Last Walk Tonight"
Songwriter(s)Doug Sahm
Producer(s)Huey P. Meaux
Sir Douglas Quintet singles chronology
"She's About a Mover"
"The Tracker"

This was one of the many hits recorded at a studio that was known in the '60s as Gold Star Studios (this was also a different studio from the other studio under the same name based in LA) that later became known as SugarHill Recording Studios located in Houston, Texas. Other hits recorded in this same studio included "Treat Her Right" by Roy Head & the Traits and "Funny" by Joe Hinton and "Turn On Your Love Light" by Bobby "Blue" Bland.

The song was named the number one 'Texas' song by Texas Monthly, also charting at #15 on the UK Singles Chart.[5] With a Vox Continental organ riff provided by Augie Meyers and a soulful vocal by lead singer-guitarist Doug Sahm, the track has a Tex-Mex sound. The regional smash became a breakaway hit, and the recording was used in the soundtracks of the films Echo Park (1986), American Boyfriends (1989), The Doors (1991), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Sorority Boys (2002), and Beautiful Darling (2010).[6]

In 1983, the song appeared on Ringo Starr's ninth album Old Wave.


  1. ^ Emmis Communications (November 1984). Texas Monthly. Emmis Communications. p. 228. ISSN 0148-7736.
  2. ^ Bruce Pollock (18 March 2014). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era. Routledge. p. 321. ISBN 978-1-135-46296-3.
  3. ^ Billboard - 8 Sept. 1973 p30 "San Antonio has been responsible for a series of top record hits by its natives including "Angelito" by Rene and Rene, "Touch Me" by Willie Nelson, and "She's About a Mover" by the Sir Douglas Quintet to name a few."
  4. ^ "He's About A Mover". Texas Monthly. February 2010. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  5. ^ "The Official Charts Company - She's About a Mover". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.
  6. ^ Filmography by year for Doug Sahm