Chapel of Love

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For the London Boys song, see Chapel of Love (London Boys song).
"Chapel of Love"
Single by The Dixie Cups
from the album Chapel of Love
A-side "Chapel Of Love"
B-side "Ain't That Nice"
Released April 1964
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Pop, R&B, soul
Length 2:45
Label Red Bird
Writer(s) Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
Producer(s) Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
The Dixie Cups singles chronology
"Chapel of Love"
(1964)
"People Say"
(1964)

"Chapel of Love" is a song written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector, and made famous by The Dixie Cups in 1964, spending three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song tells of the happiness and excitement the narrator feels on her wedding day, for she and her love are going to the "chapel of love", and "we'll never be lonely anymore." Many other artists have recorded the song.

It was originally recorded by the Blossoms in April 1963 but was never released. The Dixie Cups' version was the debut release of the new Red Bird Records run by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller along with George Goldner.[2] The Ronettes included the song on their debut album released in November 1964 with production by Phil Spector. In 1973, singer and actress Bette Midler had a moderate hit with a cover of "Chapel of Love".

The Dixie Cups version[edit]

Background[edit]

The definitive version of "Chapel of Love" was recorded by The Dixie Cups and released as a single in April 1964.[3] Sung by Barbara Ann Hawkins, Rosa Lee Hawkins, and Joan Marie Johnson, this version was the group's first single taken from their debut studio album Chapel of Love issued on Red Bird Records.[4] The song was arranged by Joe Jones and produced by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Ellie Greenwich, and Jeff Barry.[5] It charted at number one in early June 1964 on the Billboard Hot 100 knocking The Beatles out of the number one spot and remained at the top for three weeks.[6] The song also peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart[7] and hit number one in Canada on the RPM Chart.[8] The "Chapel of Love" version by The Dixie Cups sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[9] The song was later included on the soundtrack to films ranging from Full Metal Jacket to Father of the Bride. The hit single recorded by The Dixie Cups was ranked #279 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, being the group's only song on the list.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
UK Singles Chart 22
Canada RPM 1

Bette Midler version[edit]

Background[edit]

American singer and actress Bette Midler recorded a cover version of "Chapel of Love" for her 1972 debut studio album, The Divine Miss M. The track was produced and arranged by Barry Manilow. The following year, Midler included her version as the B-side of her number 40 pop single, "Friends" (the single charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as a double A-side). The version included on the single release is a radically remixed version, with added horns and strings, and has never been released on any album, or in any other format since the initial 45 in 1973. Midler's single of "Chapel of Love" was issued on Atlantic Records.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 40

The Beach Boys version[edit]

"Chapel of Love"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album 15 Big Ones
Released July 5, 1976 (1976-07-05)
Recorded 1976
Length 2:34
Producer Brian Wilson
15 Big Ones track listing

Background[edit]

A cover by the American rock group, The Beach Boys was released on their 1976 album, 15 Big Ones.

Personnel[edit]

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2009). Top Pop Singles 1955-2008 (12th ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 282.
  2. ^ Betrock, Alan (1982). Girl Groups The Story of a Sound (1st ed.). New York: Delilah Books. pgs. 90-94. ISBN 0-933328-25-7
  3. ^ Betrock, Alan (1982). Girl Groups The Story of a Sound (1st ed.). New York: Delilah Books. pgs. 90-94. ISBN 0-933328-25-7
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top Pop Albums 1955-1996 (4 ed.). Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. p. 222. ISBN 0-89820-117-9.
  5. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits: The Inside Story Behind Every Number One Single on Billboard's Hot 100 from 1955 to the Present (5 ed.). Billboard Books. p. 149. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6.
  6. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits: The Inside Story Behind Every Number One Single on Billboard's Hot 100 from 1955 to the Present (5 ed.). Billboard Books. p. 149. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 158. ISBN 1-904994-10-5
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  9. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 173–174. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Presents Across The Charts: The 1960s (first ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p.119.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Love Me Do" by The Beatles
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (The Dixie Cups version)
June 6, 1964 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"A World Without Love" by Peter & Gordon