Who Sang Riot in Cell Block Number Nine? The Coasters

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Release information
Release Date: 1957
Genre: Rock Funk / Soul Blues Pop
Style: Rock & Roll/Rhythm & Blues/Novelty/Soul
length: 2:57
July the second, it was nineteen sixty-three
I was servin' time for armed robbery
Four o'clock in the mornin', I was layin' back in my cell
I heard the whistle blow then I heard somebody yell

There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
There's a riot goin' on
Up in cell block number 9

The trouble started down in cell block number 4
Spread like fire across the prison floor
I said, "Okay now boys, get ready to run
Here come the warden with an tommy gun"


Y'all gotta stop that stuff goin' on over there
If ya don't stop that riot, y'all gonna get the chair

Scar-face Jones said, "It's too late to quit"
Pass the dynamite 'cause the fuse is lit


In the forty-seventh hour the tear gas
It got our men
We are all back in our cells
But every now and then


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Searchin'
  • 2 One Kiss Led to Another
  • 3 Brazil
  • 4 Turtle Dovin'
  • 5 Smokey Joe's Cafe
  • 6 Wrap It Up
  • 7 Riot in Cell Block Number Nine
  • 8 Young Blood
  • 9 Loop De Loop Mambo
  • 10 One Kiss
  • 11 I Must Be Dreamin'
  • 12 Lola
  • 13 Framed
  • 14 Down in Mexico