1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Naughty Lady of Shady Lane recorded by Ames Brothers introduced November 20, 1954
Orchestra directed by Hugo Winterhalter
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
RCA Records #47-5897
The novelty song The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane was a huge hit for the Ames Brothers and also a top-twenty hit by Arthur Godfrey's musical director, Archie Bleyer, on Cadence Records. Dean Martin had a hit in England with his release of The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane recorded especially for the UK market. Novelty songs were popular in the 1940s and continued to be popular throughout the fifties, often resulting in a top-ten hit song. The Ames Brothers recording of Naughty Lady of Shady Lane leads the listener to believe that the song is about a 'loose woman' with phrases like "see the things they try to pin on her" and "she just needs someone to change her" when, in the last sentence of the song it is revealed that they have been singing about a newborn baby.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"The back-fence gossip ain't been this good since Mabel ran off with Tom"