1963 Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans – Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts
Producer Phil Spector originally envisioned Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans as a vehicle for the vocals of Bobby Sheen. The two backup singers performing on their recordings as the Blue Jeans were Darlene Love and Fanita James, who both were also members of the Blossoms.
The 1946 Disney film Song Of The South included the popular song Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah based on nonsense words made up by Walt Disney, but no singles were ever released from the film.
Bob sang lead on a cover of the song in 1962 with backup musicians from the Wrecking Crew, and the group’s single peaked at #8 on the Hot 100. A possible engineering mistake on the recording led to the eventual invention of the fuzz box for guitars.
Phil decided to change the primary vocalist for the band and focused on using Darlene. Phil, Ellie Greenwich, and Tony Powers wrote Too Young To Get Married and Jack Nitzsche arranged the song. The single only reached #64 in 1963.
The band had one more hit record after that. The same trio wrote Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Heart? The single peaked at #38 on the Hot 100 in 1963.
Bob sang lead on two songs on the 1963 album, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector and Darlene had solo performances on the album as well.
The group split up after that, and Bob went back to using his own name for solo records. He also became one of the members of the Coasters for many of their live performances.
Darlene sang lead vocals on two major hits credited to the Crystals.
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