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The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) by Betty Everett

Album: It's In His KissReleased: 1964Charted:
  • The song received its name on account of backup vocals that sing, "shoop shoop shoop..." These gibberish words are heard every time the line "If you wanna know if he loves you so" is sung.
  • This was Everett's third single and her first Top 40 hit. Her first failed to chart and her second single ("You're No Good," later covered by Linda Ronstadt) climbed only up to #51 on the Pop charts.
  • The backup vocals were provided by a local female group from Chicago called the Opals.
  • Everett was reluctant to record this song at first and was urged by Calvin Carter (her producer) to do so. She felt that the song would flop (and probably thought it was silly).
  • Cher recorded this for the 1990 film Mermaids. Her version reached US #33 and UK #1 in 1991. Both Cher's version and Everett's version are featured in the film, but Cher's is the only version featured on the soundtrack. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)
  • In 1995, Whitney Houston appropriated the Shoop for her song "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," which was a massive hit from the movie Waiting To Exhale.
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Comments: 5

Thanks for the background info, Barry. I loved this song in '64 and it was a fun song to dance to. It was high on the charts during the Brit Invasion. Back then, I was rooting for the Americans to stage a comeback. What a great hit! And I even recall her earlier song "You're No Good." It got some good airplay on northwest Arkansas radio stations. I always wondered if there was xylophone played in the background. Anyone know? I recall seeing Betty Everett & Jerry Butler on a PBS documentary on classic rock & roll hits performed in concert in the early 2000s. Fantastic performance. Standing ovation. Then later I was saddened to hear of Betty Everett's passing in 2001. Great singer.Randy - Fayettevile, Ar
On February 23rd 1964, "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" by Betty Everett entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #96; and on April 5th it peaked at #6 (for 2 weeks) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
In 1977 James Taylor's sister Kate Taylor covered it; her version stayed on the Top 100 for seven weeks, peaking at #49...
Cher's covered version peaked at #33 on January 13th, 1991; and in Austria, Ireland, & the United Kingdom is reached #1...
Later in 1964 Ms. Everett was back on the Top 10; on November 1st, in a duet with Jerry Butler, she reached #5 with a covered version of the Everly Brother's 1960 hit, "Let It Be Me"...
R.I.P. Ms. Everett (1939 - 2001).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
UK Singer Linda Lewis covered "It's in His Kiss" and had a big hit with it in 1975.Bobby - Atlanta, Ga
Oh, this song is pure fun! I'm glasd her producer talked her into recording it. Vonda Shepard, associated with the Ally McBeal show, did a very good cover.Guy - Woodinville, Wa
The Chicago telephone book was supposedly one of the percussion instruments used in recording this song.Ben - Tucson, Az