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"My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels

Pop Music

The song “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels is a golden oldie from 1963. Songwriter Bob Feldman overheard a high school girl trying to get rid of a pesky boy, who looked tough and wore a leather jacket. The boy wouldn’t stop asking her out. Exasperated, she finally yelled, “My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble.” He loved the line and took it to his co-writers, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gotterher. They wrote the song and used The Angels to make a demo for The Shirelles . However, executives at Smash Records, a subsidiary of Mercury Records, fell in love with the demo (thanks to the sassy vocals and threatening hand-claps) and released the  version by The Angels. The single spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a classic of the era.

The Angels, a girl group, were originally from New Jersey. They changed membership over the years. At the time of this song, the group consisted of sisters Barbara and Phyllis Allbut and Peggy Santiglia.

Here are the lyrics to “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels:

“He went away and you hung around
And bothered me every night
And when I wouldn’t go out with you
You said things that weren’t very nice

My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)
When you see him comin’, better cut out on the double
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)

You been spreading lies that I was untrue
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)
So look out now ’cause he’s comin’ after you
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)

Hey, he knows what you been tryin’
And he knows that you been lyin’

He’s been gone for such a long time
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)
Now he’s back and things’ll be fine
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)

You’re gonna be sorry you were ever born
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)
‘Cause he’s kinda big and he’s awful strong
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)

Hey, he knows I wasn’t cheatin’
Now you’re gonna get a beatin’

What made you think he’d believe all your lies?
(Aah-ooh, aah-ooh)
You’re a big man now but he’ll cut you down to size
(Aah-ooh, wait and see)

My boyfriend’s back, he’s gonna save my reputation
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)
If I were you, I’d take a permanent vacation
(Hey-la, hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)

(Hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)
(Hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)
(Hey-la, my boyfriend’s back)”

For another song by The Angels: “Till.”

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1 Comment

  1. […] The Angels, one of the era’s girl groups, were originally from New Jersey (first called The Starlets). They changed membership over the years. At the time of this song, the group consisted of sisters Barbara and Phyllis Allbut and Peggy Santiglia. The Angeles were best known for their 1963 #1 hit single “My Boyfriend’s Back.” […]

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