Hey Paula (song)

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"Hey Paula"
Single by Paul & Paula
B-side Bobby Is the One
Released 1962
Format 45
Recorded 1962
Genre Pop, Pop rock
Length 2:27
Label LeCam, Philips
Writer(s) Ray Hildebrand
Producer(s) Major Bill Smith, Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery
Certification Gold
Paul & Paula singles chronology
"Hey Paula" Young Lovers

"Hey Paula" is an American pop standard love song recorded by the singing duo Paul & Paula. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending February 9, 1963, and also made it to number one on the Hot R&B Singles chart.[1] "Paul" was the song's writer, Ray Hildebrand,[2] a student at Texas' Howard Payne University, a Baptist institution in the city of Brownwood. "Paula" was Jill Jackson, the niece of the owner of the boarding house where Ray lived.

Writing and recording[edit]

Hildebrand wrote the song, originally titled "Paul and Paula", taking inspiration from the Annette Funicello hit "Tall Paul".[3] Hildebrand and Jackson performed the song on a local radio station[4] and the song soon became popular enough for the duo to try to make a professional recording. They went to a studio in Fort Worth, Texas, and were fortunate enough to find a producer, Major Bill Smith, with studio time and musicians booked and a missing lead vocalist. He recorded their version of the song and released it on his LeCam Records label, changing the name to "Hey Paula", credited to Jill and Ray. When the record became a success, it was picked up by the larger Philips Records, which changed the billing to Paul and Paula.[3]

Success[edit]

When the song was released on Phillips, it hit the national charts in late 1962, reaching number one on both the pop and R&B charts in 1963. It spawned a follow-up top ten hit, "Young Lovers", and a series of other hits for the duo.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 453. 
  2. ^ Ray Hildebrand website
  3. ^ a b Shannon, Bob; John Javna (1986). Behind The Hits:Inside Stories of Classic Pop and Rock and Roll. New York: Warner Books. pp. 112–113. ISBN 0-446-38171-3. 
  4. ^ James, Gary. "Interview With Ray Hildebrand of Paul and Paula". Classicbands.com. Retrieved Nov 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles 1955-1999 (Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research, 2000), 491.
Preceded by
"Walk Right In" by The Rooftop Singers
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 9, 1963 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Walk Like a Man" by The Four Seasons
Preceded by
"You've Really Got a Hold on Me" by The Miracles
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
February 23, 1963 – March 2, 1963
Succeeded by
"That's the Way Love Is" by Bobby Bland