Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1964 The Jelly Beans – I Wanna Love Him So Bad

1964 The Jelly Beans – I Wanna Love Him So Bad 

One boy and four girls who attended high school together in Jersey City started singing together as a group in the early sixties. They were heard by somebody who signed up as their manager. The manager succeeded in getting the attention of songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller just as they were starting up their own record label, Red Bird Records.

The label assigned the group to the songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who came up with the song I Wanna Love Him So Bad. Ellie arranged the record, and Jeff produced it. It was the third single released by Red Bird, and it was an instant success: the single peaked at #9 on the Hot 100 in 1964.

The group followed that with another song created by Jeff and Ellie, Baby Be Mine. That single only reached #51 on the Hot 100, and its failure seemed to doom the group. Red Bird never released another recording by the Jelly Beans. Jeff, Ellie, and Red Bird moved their resources to the Shangri-Las, who were having a lot more success.

Eskee Records released another single by the group in 1965, but it never charted, and the group disbanded shortly thereafter.


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