Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Betty Everett--The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) (1964)

     Betty Everett was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and moved to Chicago at the age of 18 to pursue a musical career. She recorded a few sides for some local labels before being picked up by an independent label which was making some waves in the industry: Vee-Jay Records.
     Her second single for the label was a song that Dee Dee Warwick had recorded earlier in 1963. "You're No Good" climbed up to #51 and was the definitive version until Linda Ronstadt hit the top position on the charts with it in 1974.
     This song was originally known as, "It's In His Kiss" and had already been rejected by Shirelles when Merry Clayton (known for her later duet work with Mick Jagger on the song, "Gimmie Shelter") recorded it in late 1963. A couple of months later, Warner Brothers enlisted Regina King to record the song and it's released was scheduled a couple of week's before Everett's. The head of Vee-Jay, didn't want any business taken away from their artist, so they changed the name of the song label to, "The Shoop-Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)".
     The song, backed by The Opals, reached #6 on the charts in April of 1964. Betty would have an even bigger hit later that year on a duet with Jerry Butler and, "Let It Be Me" which made it to #5. She would have a presence on the chart for the rest of the 60's and even had some action on the R&B charts up through the early/mid 70's.


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