Then He Kissed Me

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"Then He Kissed Me"
Single by The Crystals
Released July 12, 1963
Format Vinyl
Genre Pop
Length 2:35
Label London
Writer(s) Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry
Producer(s) Phil Spector
The Crystals singles chronology
"Da Doo Ron Ron"
(1963)
"Then He Kissed Me"
(1963)
"Little Boy"
(1964)

"Then He Kissed Me" is a song written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. The song, produced by Spector, was initially released as a single in July 1963 by The Crystals. It is a narrative of a young woman's encounter, romance, and eventual marriage with a fellow youth.

In 2004, this song was #493 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[1] Pitchfork Media placed it at number 18 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".[2]

The Crystals version[edit]

The single is one of The Crystals' most remembered songs. The lead vocal was sung by Dolores "LaLa" Brooks. In the United States the single peaked at number six and in the United Kingdom the single peaked at number two. The single was The Crystals' third single to chart in the top ten in the United States and their second to reach the top ten in the United Kingdom.

The Beach Boys version[edit]

"Then I Kissed Her"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
B-side "Mountain of Love"
Released May 1967 (1967-05)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded May 5, 1965 (1965-05-05)
Genre Rock, pop
Length 2:15
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Good Vibrations"
(1966)
"Then I Kissed Her"
(1967)
"Heroes and Villains"
(1967)
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) track listing

The song was re-worded to the title "Then I Kissed Her" and released by The Beach Boys on their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) with Al Jardine on lead vocals and production by Brian Wilson.

Two years after appearing on the album, in April 1967 the song was released as a single in the United Kingdom, appearing as a stop-gap release while work continued on the "Heroes and Villains" single. This was reportedly done against the band's wishes, Beach Boys band member Mike Love commented on May 7, 1967 "The record company didn't even have the decency to put out one of Brian’s own compositions. The reason for the hold up with a new single has simply been that we wanted to give our public the best and the best isn't ready yet."[3]

"Then I Kissed Her" charted at number four in the United Kingdom. The B-side of the single was "Mountain of Love", a song off the band's 1965 Beach Boys' Party! album.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
Dutch Top 40[4] 2
German Singles Chart[5] 39
Irish Singles Chart[6] 4
Norwegian Singles Chart[7] 10
UK Singles Chart[8][9] 4

According to contemporary national charts sourced and cited by Billboard in 1967, it reached No. 2 in Sweden and South Africa and No. 9 in Belgium. It was No. 12 in Australia's Go Set chart and No. 6 in New Zealand.

Personnel[edit]

The Beach Boys
Session musicians and production staff

Other versions[edit]

Sonny & Cher also covered the song in 1965 on the French I Got You Babe EP.[10]

  • British glam rockers, The Hollywood Brats, covered the track in 1973.
  • Later the song was recorded and re-titled "Then She Kissed Me" by another British glam rock band Hello for their 1975 album Keeps Us off the Streets, and subsequently by Kiss for their 1977 album Love Gun.
  • In 1978, Swedish pop-wonder Magnus Uggla made a notorious cover in his mother tongue, called "Å, han kysste mej" (Lit, "Oh, he kissed me") on the album Vittring.
  • In 1984, the experimental New Wave band The Flying Lizards released a cover on their final cover-themed album Top Ten.
  • In 1988, Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan did remix with Meera Syal and actress Rita Wolf, which was produced by Gramy Award Winner Biddu.Country-rock singer Juice Newton released her own version of the song on her 1989 album "Ain't Gonna Cry".
  • In September 2007, New York shoegazing band Asobi Seksu released a cover as the B-side of their single "Stay Awake".
  • Former Asobi Seksu drummer, Bryan Greene, recorded a live version in July 2009 with his band Escape Key, incorporating both male and female vocals.
  • Bruce Springsteen covered the song live several times in 1975 (as "Then She Kissed Me") and revisited it again 33 years later by opening his August 23, 2008 concert in St. Louis, MO with it. Springsteen also played the song as a request during the encore at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL on September 13, 2009.
  • The song has also been covered by Austin, Texas based country band The Derailers as "Then She Kissed Me" on their 1999 album Full Western Dress.
  • The English beat group, The Tremeloes also covered a version named as "Then I kissed Her."

Use in other media[edit]

The Crystals' version was used in its entirety in the 1990 film Goodfellas during the famous three-minute tracking shot through the Copacabana night club. The song was also used during the opening credits of the film Adventures in Babysitting, with Elisabeth Shue dancing and lip-syncing the song. It is also heard at the end of the film during the last scene and over part of the end credits. It was also used in a scene from The Simpsons 2006 episode "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play" . The intro served as the opening theme music, and ad bumpers, for the British morning TV show The Big Breakfast.

The song inspired The Sun front page headline And Then He Kissed Her on 30 July 1981, the day after the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Staff Lists: The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s | Features". Pitchfork. 2006-08-18. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  3. ^ New Musical Express, May 7, 1967
  4. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 26, 1967". Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ "charts-surfer.de search results". Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  6. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ "norwegiancharts.com". Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  8. ^ "everyhit.com search results". Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Chart Stats – Beach Boys – Then I Kissed Her". Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  11. ^ "London - Entertainment - Newspaper exhibition". BBC. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 

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