Even as this first era of rock and roll was coming to an end right before the British invasion in 1964, there were still songs that contained doo wop elements. One such, is Betty Everett’s golden oldie “The Shoop Shoop Song,” which was originally known as “It’s In His Kiss.” Betty Everett was an R&B soul singer and pianist.
Vee-Jay Records renamed “It’s In His Kiss” to “The Shoop Shoop Song” in honor of the compelling “shoop shoops” provided by backup singers The Opals. They were Rose Addison, Nyra Tillison, and Rose “Tootsie” Jackson from Chicago. The song was written by Rudy Clark, whose hits include “Got My Mind Set on You,” “Good Lovin’,” and “Everybody Plays the Fool.” Everett’s record features a marimba, in deference to the ’63-’64 Latino sound explosion brought on by the popularity of West Side Story and furthered by groups like The Rocky Fellers in their smash “Killer Joe.” In 1964, the song went to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box R&B Chart.
This song has the unique distinction of being covered by many singers including The Swingin’ Blue Jeans, Cher, Lulu, The Nylons, Kate Taylor featuring James Taylor, The Searchers, The Hollies, The Newbeats, The Supremes, and Aretha Franklin. (Like “My Boyfriend’s Back,” it was rejected by the Shirelles, who had so many hits they had to say “no” once in a while.)