Da Doo Ron Ron


Da Doo Ron Ron
"Da Doo Ron Ron"
Single by The Crystals
Released 1963
Format 7" single
Recorded 1962-1963
Genre Pop, Doo-wop
Length 2:18
Label Philles Records
Writer(s) Phil Spector
Jeff Barry
Ellie Greenwich
Producer Phil Spector
The Crystals singles chronology
"He's Sure the Boy I Love"
(1962)
"Da Doo Ron Ron"
(1963)
"Then He Kissed Me"
(1963)
Music sample
"Da Doo Ron Ron"
"Da Doo Ron Ron"
Single by Shaun Cassidy
from the album Shaun Cassidy
Released 1977
Format 7" single
Recorded 1976
Genre Pop
Length 2:50
Label Warner/Curb
Writer(s) Phil Spector
Jeff Barry
Ellie Greenwich
Producer Michael Lloyd
Shaun Cassidy singles chronology
"Da Doo Ron Ron"
(1977)
"That's Rock 'n' Roll"
(1977)

"Da Doo Ron Ron" is a 1963 hit single by The Crystals, produced by Phil Spector in his Wall of Sound style. The song was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Spector. The drummer was Hal Blaine.[1]

That's gold. That's solid gold coming out of that speaker
—Spector to Sonny Bono, after listening to the final playback of "Do Doo Ron Ron".[2]

On May 11, 1963, it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] It also reached number five in the UK.

Other versions

Bette Midler recorded a version of the song for her album Bette Midler (1973). The song is performed as a medley with "Uptown" and "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)".[citation needed]

Iain Matthews recorded a version of this song on Tigers Will Survive. He kept the gender-orientation intact.

The song became a #1 Billboard hit in 1977, launching the career of teen idol Shaun Cassidy. (The words were changed slightly to make it a boy-girl song.)

All-girl rock band The Donnas recorded a version of the song as a single, which was later placed on the 1998 re-release of their 1997 self-titled CD.

Bootlegged studio recordings of the song are found by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and The Beach Boys (early sessions for Keepin' the Summer Alive). Other artists who have covered this song include The Carpenters, Jack Nitzsche, The Raindrops, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes and The Searchers.[4]

In 2004, this song was ranked #114 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[5]

The British comedy show, Spitting Image, parodied this song as "Da Do Run Ron", a spoof election campaign song for Ronald Reagan.

It was used as the theme tune to Hale & Pace's one sitcom vehicle, The Management.

In 1963, Johnny Halliday sang a French version, written by Georges Aber,[6] in his first film, D'où viens-tu Johnny ?[7] Other French singers also covered the song, including Frank Alamo (1 June 1963),[8] Richard Anthony and Sylvie Vartan,[9] and Donald Lautrec in Quebec.[10]

References

  1. ^ Weinberg, Max, ‘’The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock’s great drummers’’, Billboard Books, NY 1991, c1988 p.85
  2. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel, ‘’The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits’’, Billboard Books, NY 1992 p. 121
  4. ^ "Da Doo Ron Ron" Songfacts
  5. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". RollingStone.com. http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6595959/da_doo_ron_ron_when_he_walked_me_home/1. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  6. ^ http://artists.letssingit.com/frank-alamo-lyrics-da-doo-ron-ron-5s349j4
  7. ^ Johnny Hallyday - Les Années 60 10 décembre 2009, http://www.rtbf.be/classic21/article?id=3882
  8. ^ Radio Souvenirs - http://histoiredelachanson.over-blog.com/article-1er-juin-1963-frank-alamo---da-dou-ron-ron-71875532.html
  9. ^ International Lyrics Playgroud - http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/d/dadouronronronhallydayanthonyvartan.shtml
  10. ^ http://www.retrojeunesse60.com/crystals.html
Preceded by
"Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Shaun Cassidy version)
July 16, 1977
Succeeded by
"Looks Like We Made It" by Barry Manilow

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