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My Boyfriend's Back by The Angels

Album: My Boyfriend's BackReleased: 1963Charted:
  • The songwriting/production trio of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer wrote this song and produced it. Bob Feldman was inspired to write this song after witnessing an altercation between a girl and a tough-looking boy who wore a leather jacket. The girl yelled at him for telling lies about her at school and actually said the two phrases that would become lyrics to the song, "My boyfriend's back and you're gonna be in trouble... you're gonna be sorry you were ever born." Feldman told Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer about the incident that night and they came up with one of the most legendary songs in the history of rock. >>
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    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA
  • The version of this song universally played on Oldies radio is not the version that was a hit. There is an instrumental interlude in this version that was not present on the hit single. On the current version, "My boyfriend's back, he's gonna save my reputation" is heard twice - once before and once after the break. On the hit version, the ending section comes in immediately after the "hey la"'s that follow "If I were you I'd take a permanent vacation."
  • The Angels, in addition to having hits of their own, were much in demand as background vocalists on others' records. Perhaps their most famous outing in this regard is on Lou Christie's "Lightnin' Strikes," which featured Angel Peggy Santiglia. >>
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    Mike - Youngstown, OH, for above 2
  • This was one of the last hits that followed the traditional model of a New York-based songwriting team creating a song for a girl group that would then record it based on a demo created for them. The Beatles, along with the other British invasion bands, wrote their own songs and shook up the established supply chain when it came to songs. The songwriters Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer found an interesting way to adapt: they started recording their own songs. Calling themselves The Strangeloves, they pretended to be a savage Australian act, as it made for a much better story. The result was hit songs "I Want Candy," "Night Time," and "Cara-lin."
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Comments: 8

On October 6th 1963, the Angels performed "My Boyfriend's Back" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
At the time the song was beginning its 9th and last week on the Billboard's Top 10...
{See the next two posts below}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On September 8th 1963, "My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels began its 3rd and final week at #1 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
And way down at the other end of the Top 100 at position #100 debut a record titled "Your Boyfriend's Back" by Bobby Comstock and the Counts, it stayed on the chart for two weeks, peaking at #98.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On July 28th 1963, "My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #75; and just four weeks later on August 25th, 1963 it peaked at #1 {for 3 weeks} and eventually spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...It reached #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's R&B Singles chart; and the week it was at #2, the #1 record was "Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas...Later in 1963 on September 8th Bobby Comstock & the Counts 'answer' record, "You Boyfriend's Back", entered the Top 100 for a 2 week stay, peaking at #98... Between 1961 and 1964 the Angels had six Top 100 records, and after "My Boyfriend's Back" their next biggest hit was "'Til", it peaked at #14 {for 1 week} on December 31st, 1961.Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Richard Gottehrer (one of the songwriters behind "My Boyfriend's Back") actually gave some details about the tune in a segment called "Cover Story" by Limelight (www.songclearance.com). The video is on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPNL6ICpHg8).Alex - New York, Ny
The backup singers on "Lightnin' Strikes" and "Rhapsody In The Rain" and other MGM hits were Denise Ferri, Bernadette Carroll and Peggy Santiglia.

The writers were also its record producers: Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer. Collectively they were FGG Productions.
Ronnie - Morrisville, Pa
The Angels recorded the song as a demo that was intended for The The Shirelles but The Angels demo was released as a single.Don Ludden - Lincoln, Ne
what a crsip sounding great production...
wonderful sound!
Steve Dotstar - Los Angeles, Ca
I like that this song is ahead of its time in addressing a very modern issue -- sexual harrassment -- but the protagonist deals with it in a very old fashioned way -- she didn't need no stinkin' lawyer!!Fyodor - Denver, Co
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