Da Doo Ron Ron

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"Da Doo Ron Ron"
Single by The Crystals
Released April 1963
Format 7" single
Recorded March 1963
Genre R&B, pop, doo-wop
Length 2:18
Label Philles Records
Writer(s) Phil Spector
Jeff Barry
Ellie Greenwich
Producer(s) Phil Spector
The Crystals singles chronology
"He's Sure the Boy I Love"
"Da Doo Ron Ron"
"Then He Kissed Me"
Music sample

"Da Doo Ron Ron" is a 1963 hit single by American vocal group The Crystals, produced by Phil Spector in his Wall of Sound style. The song was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Spector. The drummer was Hal Blaine.[1] Dolores "LaLa" Brooks was the lead vocalist.

The song was recorded in March 1963 at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles. Jack Nitzsche was the arranger and Larry Levine the arranger.[2]

That's gold. That's solid gold coming out of that speaker.

—Spector to Sonny Bono, after listening to the final playback of "Da Doo Ron Ron".[3]


In 2004, this song was ranked #114 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[4] It was listed at #528 by Q Magazine in their list of the The 1001 Best Songs Ever, published in 2003. Berlin Media listed the song at #43 on their list of The 100 Best Singles of All Time list published in 1998. It was also recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the "500 Songs That Shaped Rock".

Chart performance[edit]

On May 11, 1963, it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100[5] and number four on the Cash Box chart.[6] It also reached number five in the UK.


Chart (1963) Peak
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 22
Ireland (IRMA) 3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Cash Box 4

Music video[edit]

A video was made for MTV using the original recording of the song. The video's premise was of a girl taking way too long preparing for a date, which as it turns out, many guys show up for. (The first guy, most notably, starts eating the chocolates he brought for her while he waits.) As the video progresses, the other guys bond, and by the end of the video, she is finally ready, and they all leave together with her.

Cover versions[edit]

Shaun Cassidy version[edit]

"Da Doo Ron Ron"
Single by Shaun Cassidy
from the album Shaun Cassidy
B-side Holiday
Released March 1977
Format 7" single
Recorded 1976
Genre Pop
Length 2:50
Label Warner/Curb
Writer(s) Phil Spector
Jeff Barry
Ellie Greenwich
Producer(s) Michael Lloyd
Certification Gold (U.S.)
Shaun Cassidy singles chronology
"Da Doo Ron Ron"
"That's Rock 'n' Roll"

"Da Doo Ron Ron" was covered in 1977 by teen idol Shaun Cassidy on his first solo LP, Shaun Cassidy, launching his career. It peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[8] (The words were changed slightly to make it a boy-girl song, after The Searchers' cover version.) The song was his first of three consecutive Top 10 U.S. hits. Cassidy's cover of "Da Doo Ron Ron" spent 22 weeks on the chart. It became a gold record, as did all of Cassidy's first three single releases.[9]


Chart (1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Cash Box Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1

Other versions[edit]

Jack Nitzsche recorded a slowed-down ballad-style instrumental version on his 1963 album The Lonely Surfer.

The Searchers recorded it soon after an original release, on their debut album, Meet The Searchers, released in August 1963. They changed the words slightly to make it a boy-girl song, referring to a girl named Jill instead of a boy named Bill.

Iain Matthews recorded a version of this song on Tigers Will Survive. He kept the gender-orientation intact. His cover charted at #96 in 1972.

Bette Midler recorded a version of the song for her album Bette Midler (1973). The song is performed as a medley with "Uptown" and "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)".[citation needed]

In 1977, Tina Arena and John Bowles recorded a version for their album "Tiny Tina and Little John".

In 1996, all-girl rock band The Donnas recorded a version of the song as a single, which was later placed on the 1998 re-release of their 1997 self-titled CD.

The Beach Boys recorded a cover for their 1980 album Keepin' the Summer Alive, with Carl Wilson on lead vocals, but it was not released on that album. It was later released on their box set Made in California.

Bootlegged studio recordings of the song are found by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Other artists who have covered this song include Dave Edmunds, The Carpenters, Jack Nitzsche, The Raindrops, and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.[10]

It was used as the theme tune to Hale & Pace's one sitcom vehicle, The Management.

In 1963, Johnny Hallyday sang a French version, written by Georges Aber,[11] in his first film, D'où viens-tu Johnny ?[12] Other French singers also covered the song, including Frank Alamo (June 1, 1963),[13] Richard Anthony and Sylvie Vartan,[14] and Donald Lautrec in Quebec.[15]

The Belmonts also recorded this song on their album Cigars, Acappella, Candy.

In the 1981 movie Stripes starring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, Russell (Ramis) is an English as a second language instructor. In an early scene he is seen teaching his students the song.


The British comedy show, Spitting Image, parodied this song as "Da Do Run Ron", a spoof election campaign song for Ronald Reagan.

At least two parodies were made of this song revolving around the Enron scandal ("Enron-ron-ron"): one was a full recording of a song by political commentator and talk radio host, Dave Ross. The other was a quick singing of a verse by comedian Robin Williams on his Live on Broadway special. (Not present on the DVD.)

The song was also parodied for Energizer battery commercials in the mid 1980s, most notably one consisting of a robot entertaining a bunch of kids.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weinberg, Max, ‘’The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock’s great drummers’’, Billboard Books, NY 1991, c1988 p.85
  2. ^ ‘’Phil Spector: Back to MONO (1958-1969)’’ ABKCO Records, 1991, liner notes
  3. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  4. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 21, 2008. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel, ‘’The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits’’, Billboard Books, NY 1992 p. 121
  6. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles". Cash Box. June 22, 1963. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Chartverfulgong > The Crystals > Da Doo Ron Ron – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Shaun Cassidy lyrics". Top40db.net. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "1977 Singles - Month By Month". Superseventies.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Da Doo Ron Ron". Songfacts.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Frank Alamo - Da Doo Ron Ron Lyrics". Artists.letssingit.com. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ Johnny Hallyday - Les Années 60 10 décembre 2009, http://www.rtbf.be/classic21/article?id=3882
  13. ^ "1er juin 1963: Frank Alamo - Da dou ron ron - Histoire de la Chansons Française" (in French). Histoiredelachanson.over-blog.com. June 1, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "DA DOU RON RON RON (Hallyday, Anthony, Vartan) - Lyrics". Lyricsplayground.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Crystals". Retrojeunesse60.com. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 

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Preceded by
"Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Shaun Cassidy version)
July 16, 1977
Succeeded by
"Looks Like We Made It" by Barry Manilow