Yeh, Yeh

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"Yeh, Yeh" (in some territories released as "Yeah, yeh, yeh") is a Latin soul tune that was written as an instrumental by Rodgers Grant and Pat Patrick, and first recorded by Mongo Santamaría on his 1963 album Watermelon Man! Lyrics were written for it shortly thereafter by Jon Hendricks of the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.

"Yeh, Yeh"
Single by Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
B-side"Preach and Teach"
Released4 December 1964
LabelColumbia (EMI) DB 7428[1]
Songwriter(s)Rodgers Grant, Pat Patrick, Jon Hendricks[1]
Producer(s)Tony Palmer[1]
Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames singles chronology
"Bend a Little"
"Yeh, Yeh"
"In the Meantime"

This version of the song was taken to the top of the UK Singles Chart in January 1965 by Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames (b/w "Preach and Teach", Columbia DB 7428), breaking The Beatles' long-term hold on the number one spot of five weeks with "I Feel Fine",[2] and a month later appeared on the US Billboard pop singles chart to peak at #21.[3] The US single edited out the saxophone solo break. Interviewed after the 2003 Jools Holland Spring Hootennany, where he had played a "dynamite version" of the song, Fame explained that the arrangement had been written by Tubby Hayes.[4]

Matt Bianco coverEdit

British band Matt Bianco covered the song in 1985; their rendition reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart. The single version was then included in their second eponymous album in 1986, while the CD edition of the album only contained its 12" Dance Mix. Both versions featured on the MC edition of the long playing work, depending upon the various countries. The version also peaked at number 64 in Australia in 1986.[5]

Other coversEdit

In 1986, Australian recording artist Kate Ceberano recorded a version for her album, Kate Ceberano and her Septet.

In 1992, Juliana Hatfield recorded a version for the Fathers and Sons compilation on Chaos Recordings.

In 1994, Tuck & Patti, an American jazz duo, released this song on their album Learning How To Fly. The song title was spelled Yeah Yeah.

In 2001, They Might Be Giants recorded a cover of the song for their album Mink Car.

British actor and musician Hugh Laurie included a live cover version of Yeh, Yeh on his 2013 album Didn't It Rain.

Canadian jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Diana Krall covered the song, in a duet with Georgie Fame, on her 2015 album Wallflower.


  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 86–7. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 173–4. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 5th April 2014 | The UK Charts | Top 40". Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  4. ^ John L Walters (2 May 2003). "Jools Holland's wild Spring Hootenanny | Culture". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 195. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.