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The Clovers – One Mint Julep – 1952

About The Song

“One Mint Julep” is a rhythm and blues song by The Clovers, released in 1952. The track combines elements of R&B and jazz, featuring a catchy melody and playful lyrics. It showcases The Clovers’ harmonizing vocal style and became one of their successful early recordings.

Five facts about “One Mint Julep”:

  1. Instrumental and Vocal Blend: “One Mint Julep” is unique in that it features both instrumental and vocal sections. The song begins with a jazzy, saxophone-driven instrumental introduction before transitioning into the vocal harmonies of The Clovers. This blend of styles contributes to the song’s dynamic and engaging sound.
  2. Chart Success: The song was a commercial success, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1952. Its popularity established The Clovers as a notable act in the R&B and doo-wop music scenes of the 1950s.
  3. Clever Lyrics: The lyrics of “One Mint Julep” use the metaphor of a refreshing Southern drink (the mint julep) to describe the singer’s romantic experiences. The clever and playful nature of the lyrics adds to the song’s charm.
  4. Cover Versions: Over the years, “One Mint Julep” has been covered by various artists, showcasing its enduring appeal. The song’s catchy melody and distinctive arrangement have made it a favorite for reinterpretation in different musical styles.
  5. Influence on Later Music: The jazzy and bluesy elements of “One Mint Julep” had a lasting impact on the development of rhythm and blues and rock and roll. The song’s success and style helped pave the way for The Clovers’ continued influence on the evolving landscape of popular music in the 1950s.



… One early mornin’, as I was walkin’
I met a woman, we started talkin’
I took her home to get a few nips
But all I had was a mint julep
One mint julep was the cause of it all

… I don’t remember just how it started
I only know is we should have parted
I stole a kiss, and then another
I didn’t mean to take it further
One mint julep was the cause of it all

… The lights were burning low, there in the parlor
When through the kitchen door, up popped her father
He said, “I saw you when you kissed my daughter
Better wed her right now, or face a slaughter!”

… I didn’t know just what I was doing
I had to marry of face ruin
A mint julep, a mint julep
A mint julep, a mint julep
One mint julep was the cause of it all

… I don’t want to bore you with my troubles
But from now on, I’ll be thinkin’ double
I’m through with flirtin’ and drinkin’ whiskey
I got six extra children from a-gettin’ frisky

… Oh, a mint julep, a mint julep
A mint julep, a mint julep
One mint julep was the cause of it all