This is one of those songs that beat from the very heart of Brill Building culture, this time courtesy of Aldon Music. As given in Rich Podolsky's book Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear
, Barry Mann and Gerry Goffin threw this out during a playful experiment where they were seeing how many songs they could write in half an hour. "Who Put the Bomp" took all of five minutes.
Quite a bit of false starts were tried before the recording of this song came together. First they needed a Doo-Wop group to back up the lead, so Aldon songwriter Jack Keller hung out in the halls of the Brill Building eavesdropping on recording sessions. He found one group and auditioned them in the stairwell, but they sounded better there than they did by the time they got to the studio. Next, they gave Carole King (also of Aldon) a turn at the microphone, but she was less than two notes into the song when Gerry Goffin yelled at her from the engineer's booth that she was ruining the song. Finally everybody got their act together and the recording went through.