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He's So Fine
by The Chiffons
This was the song which 'Beatle' George Harrison had to (much later) admit was the inspiration for his Seventies solo hit "My Sweet Lord". It's pretty darn obvious when you sit down and listen to the riff.

I know which I preferred personally in the end - this was too much of an American girl group concoction for my tastes back in the Sixties, and I've touched on that problem of mine before.

No surprise though that the Ronnie Mack composition posted today, plus his promotional work on it for the all-girl line-up, was highly successful for them without needing to rely on my support! It hit the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and seemed to inspire the whole of the country to sing the catchy hook line "doo-lang, doo-lang-doo-lang". (That was not so much the case in the UK, but we would certainly play catch-up with this version many years later when the copyright controversy broke out involving Harrison.)

'The Chiffons':
:: 'The Chiffons' were formed in 1960 at James Monroe High School in the Bronx, New York - the lead singer was 14-year-old Judy Craig, supported by Patricia Bennett and Barbara Lee (both 13), though another singer, Sylvia Peterson, would be added to the line-up for the recording of today's tune. ...
:: They found themselves in great demand, and began appearing on TV programmes such as "American Bandstand", "Hullabaloo" and "Shindig", as well as the 'Murray the K' "Brooklyn Fox" 'live' show (they also sang in television commercials). ...
:: In a fascinating twist, after the "He's So Fine"/"My Sweet Lord" lawsuit was settled in 1975, the group recorded their own version of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" - however, when released as a single it did not even enter the US charts.

In #1963 :
:: A planned floating on the stock market of the professional baseball franchise the Milwaukee Braves on April 7th 1963 was withdrawn after only 13,000 of a possible 115,000 shares were sold, to just 1,600 new investors. ...
:: On August 26th, 'Beatle' Paul McCartney was fined £31 and disqualified from driving for one year, after having been stopped by police on June 14th for driving over the speed limit (between 50 and 55 miles per hour). ...
:: Jerry Lee Lewis did not renew his contract with 'Sun Records' when it came up for negotiation on September 6th this year (by that time, he had all but stopped recording and touring anyway, after an outcry over his marriage to a 13-year-old cousin). Instead, he signed to 'Smash Records', but any further significant success was sadly to evade him.

US: No. 1 - UK: No. 16
1963 - Laurie Records - United States - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 19th October 2019
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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