The song was written by the prolific trio of Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector. Although The Blossoms had originally recorded in April 1963, it was never released. The Dixie Cups had a big hit with it a year later, when it went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 in Canada, and #22 in the U.K. The version by The Dixie Cups was the debut release of Red Bird Records, which combined the production and business talents of Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and George Goldner. At the time in 1964, The Beatles were taking over the U.S. charts, but “Chapel of Love” knocked them out of the #1 spot for a little bit. The version by The Dixie Cups sold more than one million copies and earned an RIAA gold record. It has become of the well-loved and well-remembered Sixties golden oldies. Some people have chosen it as part of the music for their wedding reception. The song is on Rolling Stone’s list of The “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” There have been numerous covers, including ones by Bette Midler, The Beach Boys, The Ronettes, and Elton John. The Dixie Cups were from New Orleans and the group consisted of were Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins as well as their cousin Joan Marie Johnson.
[…] but they did not have charting success. And Red Bird records was busy with The Shangri-Las and The Dixie Cups. The Jelly Beans disbanded in […]