1960s GIRL GROUPS #2 – 24K Gold Music Shows
1963 was a big year for Girl Groups. 24K Gold Music Shows took some of the biggest and most well-known hits from that year and comprised this wonderful medley of songs. With costumes and dance moves reminiscent of those days, and power packed vocals, the girls delighted many fans with this number!
The iconic spoken opening line from “My Boyfriend’s Back” leaves no doubt of what the song is about. The boyfriend goes away, this new guy starts hanging around, and it bothers this girl enough that this song made its way all the way to the top of the charts!
My Boyfriend’s Back” was originally intended to be a demo for girl group The Shirelles but it was released as recorded and became a #1 hit song by girl group the Angels, in 1963. Written by the team of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer. The inspiration for the song came when Feldman overheard a conversation between a high school girl and the boy she was rebuffing.
Then He Kisssed Me” was recorded in 1963 by The Crystals and reached number eight on the charts. Through the years it has become an all-time favorite and has been included at the number eight spot on Billboard’s 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time. It has a catchy tune and tells a kind of boy meets girl story. He walks up to her and asks her if she wants to dance, she decides to take a chance, and the final verse he asks her to marry him.
“One Fine Day” was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The plan for this song was to have Little Eva, who had released the number one hit “The Loco-Motion” record it, but those plans never came to be. The song was reworked and passed to The Chiffons on the heels of their number one hit “He’s So Fine”. Interestingly, Carole King provided the famous piano part for The Chiffons’ recording. “One Fine Day” reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for The Chiffons. Numerous artists have covered the song over the years including co-writer King herself in 1980. “One Fine Day” made Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
“Da Doo Ron Ron” is another song written for The Crystals by Spector, Greenwhich and Barry, and also became a big hit in 1963. The words, or in this case the non-words, that eventually became the title “Da Doo Ron Ron” were initially just sing-songy syllables the writers were using until they could figure out what actual words they would put in the space, but Spector liked it so much that he kept it. Saxophonist Steve Johnson was in charge of assembling the studio musicians for this recording. He ultimately had to convince Spector to keep the saxophone lead in the instrumental portion of the song. “Da Doo Ron Ron” reached number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has also been included in Billboard’s list of 100 Greatest Girl Group songs of All Time.