My Boyfriend's Back

Album: My Boyfriend's Back (1963)
Charted: 50 1


  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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."
  • In Stephen King's 11/22/63, the protagonist wakes up to this tune playing on the radio after a romantic evening.
  • This shares its name with a 1993 zombie comedy about a teenage boy (Andrew Lowery) who returns from the dead to pursue the girl (Traci Lind) he loves. The song doesn't appear in the movie.
  • This was used in these TV shows:

    The Office ("Angry Andy" - 2012) - sung by Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper as "His Girlfriend's Back."
    The Vampire Diaries ("Unpleasantville" - 2010)
    Will & Grace ("Hey La, Hey La, My Ex-Boyfriend's Back" - 2000)
    Quantum Leap ("A Song for the Soul - April 7, 1963" - 1992), ("Maybe Baby - March 11, 1963" - 1990).
    Northern Exposure ("Animals R Us" - 1991)
    The Facts Of Life ("Doo-Wah" - 1985)

    And in these movies:

    Jersey Boys (2014)
    Matinee (1993)
    The Crossing (1990)
    Under The Gun (1988)
    Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • In a 2009 interview with the Jersey Boys Blog, Peggy Santiglia admitted her fellow Angels were more confident in the song than she was. "Bibs [Barbara Allbut] and Jiggs [Phyllis Allbut] both truly believed it was going to be a huge hit and they were right. I have to admit I liked some of our other recordings more than 'Boyfriend,' but looking back I'm thrilled they were right. Most of the others ended up on our My Boyfriend's Back album. I was vacationing at the Jersey Shore with my parents when they called to say, 'Peggy, you'd better come back - 'Boyfriend' is all over the radio and we have to go on the road now!' That song, the way we sang it, the touring we did all over the world and the people we met almost instantly changed my life."

Comments: 13

  • Jj from New EnglandInteresting article! What did you mean at the end when referring to The Strangeloves -- "they pretended to be a savage Australian act" -- what does "savage" mean?
  • Joe from WisconsinThis song is referenced in "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits, throughout the song he sings "Hey la, my boyfriends back" a few times.
  • Arthur from New JerseyMelissa Manchester covered the song as a medley with Del Shannon's "Runaway."
  • Takira from Arlington Heights,il
    Watch this Fyodr... bofeldman mentions nothing about sexual harassment in this
  • Takira from Arlington Heights,ilThis song has nothing to do with sexual harassment. It's about a girl who has a boyfriend... he was away at boot camp and this other guy asked her for a date. She said "no". Now, he's spreading rumors in order to damage her reputation ( make it look like she had been cheating on him)... watch the beginning explanation of who inspired Gotherer & Feldman to write the song.
    (girl groups: Story of a sound) you've been saying things about me...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn 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 from Sauquoit, NyOn 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 from Sauquoit, NyOn 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.
  • Alex from New York, NyRichard 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 ( The video is on YouTube (
  • Ronnie from Morrisville, PaThe 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.
  • Don Ludden from Lincoln, NeThe Angels recorded the song as a demo that was intended for The The Shirelles but The Angels demo was released as a single.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, Cawhat a crsip sounding great production...
    wonderful sound!
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoI 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!!
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