Lollipop (1958 song)

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"Lollipop"
Single by Ronald & Ruby
Released February, 1958
Format 7" single
Recorded 1957
Genre Traditional Pop, Pop/Rock
Length 2:14
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Beverly Ross, Julius Dixson
Producer(s) Julius Dixson
Ronald & Ruby singles chronology
"Lollipop"
(1958)
"Love Birds"
(1959)

"Lollipop"
(1958)
"Love Birds"
(1959)
"Lollipop"
Single by The Chordettes
Released February, 1958
Format 7" single
Recorded 1958
Genre Pop
Length 2:09
Label Cadence
Songwriter(s) Beverly Ross, Julius Dixson
Producer(s) Archie Bleyer
The Chordettes singles chronology
"Photographs"
(1957)
"Lollipop"
(1958)
"Zorro"
(1958)

"Photographs"
(1957)
"Lollipop"
(1958)
"Zorro"
(1958)

"Lollipop" is a pop song written by Julius Dixson[1] and Beverly Ross in 1958. It was first recorded by the duo Ronald & Ruby—Ross herself was "Ruby"—and then covered more successfully by The Chordettes. Dixson's name is sometimes spelled "Dixon".[2]

The song is a firm favorite amongst many performing barbershop music.[citation needed]

Origins[edit]

The song originated when Julius Dixson was late for a songwriting session with Beverly Ross. He explained that his daughter had gotten a lollipop stuck in her hair, and that had caused him to be late. Ross was so inspired by the word "lollipop" that she sat down at the piano and produced a version of the song on the spot. Beverly Ross recorded a demo of the song with Ronald Gumm (or Gumps), a 13-year-old neighbor of Dixson, under the name Ronald & Ruby. Ross' mother insisted that she use a pseudonym for safety reasons, because they were an interracial duo.[3]

RCA got hold of it and Dixson, who owned the master and had produced the demo, agreed to let them release it. Ronald and Ruby's version rose up the chart reaching #20.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

"Lollipop" was then covered in the United States by female vocal quartet The Chordettes whose version reached #2 and #3 on the Billboard pop and R&B charts, respectively. The song became a worldwide hit. The Chordettes' version reached #6 in the UK, where there was also a cover version by The Mudlarks which made #2.

Another successful version of the song was recorded by Bobby Vee in 1961.

The Argentine band Viuda e hijas de Roque Enroll had a hit in the mid-1980s using interpolations of the two most popular "Lollipop" songs: the Dixson and Ross version, and "My Boy Lollipop". Samples of the original Ronald and Ruby version were also used.

The song was also covered by children's entertainers Sharon, Lois & Bram, on their 1995 album Let's Dance!.

Squeak E. Clean & Desert Eagles covered and remixed the song for the 2009 film Whip It.

The song was covered by Sophie Green in the 2009 animated film Planet 51.

In 2009, factory workers sing the song in a Dell computer commercial.

The Chordettes version was featured in the soundtrack of the 2012 video game Lollipop Chainsaw. It mainly plays in the shop.

The song was performed by three small birds in the 2016 film Sing

The song was also covered in a scene from the 2015 American film The Final Girls

The song was featured in the second season of the 2017 American drama Riverdale where the song is used as Betty Cooper's phone ringtone for the Black Hood.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ben Sisario. "Julius Dixon, 90, Songwriter Known for the 1958 Hit 'Lollipop'," The New York Times, March 4, 2004, page 16.
  2. ^ Julius Dixson obituary
  3. ^ Beverly Ross (13 January 2012), "Lollipop" story behind the song, archived from the original on 6 May 2012, retrieved 23 April 2012