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Hey Little Cobra by The Rip Chords

Album: Hey Little CobraReleased: 1964Charted:
  • Contrary to popular belief, The Rip Chords did sing on this song. Producers Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston sang the lead vocal and backup parts respectively, but Phil Stewart, Rich Rotkin, Arnie Marcus, and Ernie Bringas did contribute to the back-up vocal parts. Marcus also played Bongo parts on many Rip Chords recordings. >>
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    Mitch - Tamarac, FL
  • Melcher was the son of actress Doris Day; he went on to produce albums for The Byrds and Paul Revere And The Raiders. Johnston became a member of The Beach Boys. They persuaded Columbia Records to release this as by The Rip Chords to take advantage of the act's name recognition. >>
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    Brad Wind - Miami, FL
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On February 2nd 1964, "Hey Little Cobra" by the Rip Cords peaked at #4 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on December 8th, 1963 and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 6 of those 14 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
The group's last charted record was "One Piece Topless Bathing Suit"*; it stayed on the Top 100 for one week at position #96...
*(Warning: if you go on You Tube to hear the song, you will get a memorial video to porn stars who have passed away).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I would very much like to have a copy of "Hey Little Cobra" for a friend of who has a cobra. If anyone out there has one and would be kind enough to cut a CD for me I will gladly cover the coast that you incure. Thank you.John - Lukeville, Az
I'm fortunate enough to have both the "LP" and "45" of this song. It's definitly one of the "Hot Rod" classics!!Dennis - Kinston, Nc
I have the album with the cobra on the cover. All the songs are great.Myra - Spring, Tx
Brutus Wynyard, please contact me urgently. I have been looking for a copy of the Rip Cords Album with the song Hey, Little Cobra. My boyfriend races a cobra and i want to surprise him. I will pay all costs. My email add is tersiap@tshwane.gov.zaTersia - Pretoria, South Africa
referencing Dr Roberts comment:

Phil Spector wrote and produced (and sang in?) the Teddy Bear's "To Know Him Is To Love Him" - apparently a song written to honor Spector's departed father.
Lupe - Los Angeles, Ca
i still have the albumn, even an actual model made by brimm models in italy of the cobra on the cover. love the albumn i now have put it on cd so i can play it in my car, my personal favourite is 40 ford time. i've had the albumn for some 35 years now nicked it from elder brotherBrutus - Wynyard, Australia
I was former musical director the The Rip Chords. Doris Day came up with the group's name. Written by Carol Connors (nee Anette Kleinbard) and her brother, both formerly of The Teddy Bears ("To Know Him is to Love Him") - Dr. Robert, PhillytownElvis - Philadelphia, Pa
Terry Melcher also performed Custom Machine, a very early car song.John - St. James, Li, Ny
This was one of the earliest car songs to have a Beach Boys like sound. A great song from the early 60s.Howard - St. Louis Park, Mn
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