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“Get a Job” is a song by the Silhouettes released in November 1957. It reached the number one spot on the Billboard pop and R&B singles charts in February 1958.
“When I was in the service in the early 1950s and didn’t come home and go to work, my mother said ‘get a job’ and basically that’s where the song came from,” said tenor Richard Lewis, who wrote the lyrics. The four members of the group shared the credit, jointly creating the “sha na na” and “dip dip dip dip” hooks later imitated by other doo-wopgroups.
The song was recorded at Robinson Recording Laboratories in Philadelphia in October 1957. Rollee McGill played the saxophone break, and the arranger was Howard Biggs. Intended as the B-side to “I Am Lonely”, “Get a Job” was initially released on Kae Williams‘ Junior label; Williams, who was also a Philadelphia disc-jockey, was the Silhouettes’ manager. Doug Moody, an executive at Ember Records, acquired the rights to the song for that label where it was licensed for national distribution.
In early 1958, the Silhouettes performed “Get a Job” several times on American Bandstandand once on The Dick Clark Show, appearances that contributed to the song’s success by exposing it to a large audience.[a] Ultimately the single sold more than a million copies.