"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.
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 song was also a major hit in the Republic of Ireland, reaching number three in the charts there.
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."
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.
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 1981, British glam rocker Gary Glitter covered the song as "Then She Kissed Me" and reached #39 on the UK chart.
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 Grammy Award Winner Biddu.Country-rock singer Juice Newton released her own version of the song on her 1989 album "Ain't Gonna Cry".
In 1995, the Spanish punk rock band The Killer Barbies covered the song on their debut album Dressed to Kiss.
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 recorded a version under the title "Then I Kissed Her".
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. In an homage to that scene, the song (in an artificially extended version) was used in the final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 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.