How could you resist the lyrics of this golden oldie with those doo wop style nonsense syllables? “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” is credited to Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector. In 1963, it became an international hit, going to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the U.S. Cash Box chart, #5 in the U.K., and #3 in Ireland. The lineup for the group has changed many times, but for this record, although there have been disputes, the members were Barbara Alston, Mary Thomas, Dolores “LaLa” Brooks, Dolores “Dee Dee” Kenniebrew, and Patricia “Patsy” Wright.
“That’s solid gold coming out of that speaker,” producer Phil Spector told Sonny Bono, when they listened to the final playback of “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home).” This was Spector’s first real “Wall of Sound” production, recorded in Gold Star Studios in L.A. He packed The Crystals and all the other musicians into a 19’x24’ room and spent hours placing microphones — especially for drummer Hal Blaine. Spector recorded in mono, tailoring the sound to car radios. Vocals were recorded in an echo chamber located behind the control room at Gold Star. We love that 1960s music!