Pretty Little Angel Eyes

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"Pretty Little Angel Eyes"
Single by Curtis Lee
B-side "Gee, How I Wish You Were Here"
Released June 1961
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded 1961
Genre Pop, doo-wop
Length 2:33
Label Dunes Records
Songwriter(s) Curtis Lee, Tommy Boyce
Producer(s) Phil Spector
Curtis Lee singles chronology
"Pledge of Love"
(1961)
"Pretty Little Angel Eyes"
(1961)
"Under the Moon of Love"
(1961)
"Pledge of Love"
(1961)
"Pretty Little Angel Eyes"
(1961)
"Under the Moon of Love"
(1961)

"Pretty Little Angel Eyes" is a 1961 song by American singer Curtis Lee. It was released on Dunes Records, #45-2007.[1] Phil Spector served as producer, and also produced Lee's follow-up hit "Under the Moon of Love". It spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 7,[2] while reaching No. 5 on New Zealand's "Lever Hit Parade".[3]

The track is in the doo-wop style, with backing vocals by the Halos.[4] The Halos were a doo-wop group composed of Harold Johnson, Al Cleveland, Phil Johnson, and Arthur Crier (bass).[5]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1961) Peak
position
Canada - CHUM Hit Parade[6] 15
New Zealand - Lever Hit Parade[3] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 7
UK Record Retailer[8] 47

Cover versions[edit]

Notable acts who have performed the song include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spotlight Winners of the Week", Billboard, June 12, 1961. p. 35. Accessed October 13, 2016.
  2. ^ Curtis Lee - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Lever Hit Parade" 05-Oct-1961, Flavour of New Zealand. Accessed October 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Rosalsky, Mitch (2002). Encyclopedia of Rhythm & Blues and Doo-Wop Vocal Groups, Scarecrow Press. p. 288. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Joel Whitburn Presents Across the Charts: The 1960s Hal Leonard Corporation. p 169. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  6. ^ 1050 CHUM - CHUM Charts at the Wayback Machine (archived July 21, 2006). Chart No. 230, September 04, 1961. CHUM. Accessed October 13, 2016.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006. Record Research. 
  8. ^ Curtis Lee - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sha Na Na - The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll" (Vinyl, CD). Wounded Bird Records. 1973.