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Album: Dimension Dolls, Volume 1Released: 1962Charted:
This was the Cookies' first pop hit. One year after this became a hit, it earned a special place in music history when the Beatles covered it for their album Please Please Me
with lead vocals by George Harrison. The Beatles' version of this song gained popularity quite quickly because of the band's frequent performances on numerous BBC radio shows.
The Cookies formed in the '50s, and had an R&B hit in 1956 with "In Paradise." Soon after, Ray Charles hired all the members except Earl-Jean McCrea as his backup singers, The Raelettes. She kept the name, formed a new group and had several hits with this version of The Cookies, including "Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys" and "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)
Little Eva sang backup. She was a babysitter for Gerry Goffin and Carole King, who turned her into a star when they had her record "The Loco-Motion
." Goffin has explained that when "Chains" was being rehearsed, he felt that something was missing. He pulled in Little Eva, who was The Cookies' other Dimension Records labelmate, to sing backup and was very happy with the results. He said that she provided the song with the sullen edge it needed.
In his book Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards
, Al Kooper cites this as an example of how many songs attributed to the "Brill Building sound" actually came from the building at 1650 Broadway: "Aldon Music, the hottest song-publishing concern of the early sixties and perhaps of all time, dominated 1950's action. Ironically, as I mentioned before, much of what today is called 'the Brill Building sound' actually originated at 1650 right in Aldon's offices!... In 1962, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Neil Sedaka, Howie Greenfield, Helen Miller, and numerous others competed for space at Aldon's piano to compose the hits that would monopolize the airwaves. Even the Beatles recorded Aldon songs when they first started out."