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It's in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)

"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
B-side "Hands Off"
Released 1964
Genre Pop
Length 2:12
Label Vee-Jay
Writer(s) Rudy Clark
Producer Calvin Carter
Betty Everett singles chronology

"You're No Good"
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
"I Can't Hear You"

"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" is a song written by Rudy Clark. The song was made a hit when recorded by Betty Everett, who hit No. 1 on the Cashbox magazine R&B charts with it in 1964. Recorded by dozens of artists and groups around the world in the decades since, the song became an international hit when remade by Cher in 1990.

Betty Everett hit, Merry Clayton original and Ramona King single

Calvin Carter, the chief A&R man for the Chicago-based Vee-Jay Records, found "It's in His Kiss" while visiting New York City in search of material for the Vee-Jay roster which included Betty Everett. After Everett had a hit with another song Calvin Carter brought back from New York City, "You're No Good", Calvin Carter suggested Everett cut "It's in His Kiss" as the follow-up single. Everett – who found the song puerile – reluctantly agreed. The accompanying vocals on Everett's recording were provided by Vee-Jay session regulars the Opals, who were four teenage girls from East Chicago, Indiana.

Dave Marsh in his book The Heart of Rock and Soul opines that Betty Everett's version, "while [credited] as a solo performance is one of the finest girl group hits, undoubtedly the best one made outside the genre's New York City/Philadelphia/Los Angeles "axis"".[1]

In fact the song was rejected on behalf of the premier girl group of the early 1960s, the New York-based Shirelles[2] and was first recorded in Los Angeles by Merry Clayton as her first credited single. Clayton had previously provided an uncredited female vocal to the hit "You're the Reason I'm Living" recorded by Bobby Darin as his debut on Capitol Records, and Darin had subsequently arranged for Clayton herself to be signed to Capitol. Clayton recorded "It's in His Kiss" - whose composer Rudy Clark was a staff writer for TM Music which Bobby Darin headed - in a session produced by Jack Nitzsche with the Blossoms as chorale: the single was released June 10 1963 with no evident result.

Another version of "It's in His Kiss" by Los Angeles-based vocalist Ramona King (produced by Joe Saraceno and Jerry Riopelle) was released on Warner Brothers in January 1964, the week prior to the release of Everett's version. Although Everett's single was more likely to receive airplay due to her being an established hitmaker (with "You're No Good"), Vee-Jay feared losing sales to the King version and opted to distinguish Everett's version by issuing it under the title "The Shoop Shoop Song" referring to the song's background vocals. "The Shoop Shoop Song" reached a Billboard Hot 100 peak of #6 in the spring of 1964: at the time Billboard was not publishing its R&B chart but Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song" was a #1 R&B hit according to Cash Box.

In international release the Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song" was a hit in Australia (#21) but was initially overlooked in the UK although Everett's minor 1965 U.S. hit "Getting Mighty Crowded" (#65) would reach #29 UK. and 1968 UK label President Records reissued both songs on one single, with "The Shoop Shoop Song" as the A-side, with a resultant UK Top 40, peaking at #34.

Preceded by
"The Way You Do the Things You Do" by The Temptations
"Cash Box magazine" "Top 50 in R&B Locations"
number-one single (Betty Everett version)

April 11, 1964 – April 25, 1964
(3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"My Guy" by Mary Wells

1960s and 1970s covers

"It's in His Kiss"
Single by Linda Lewis
from the album Not a Little Girl Anymore
B-side Walk About
Released 1975
Recorded Media Sound, NYC
Genre Disco
Length 3:09
Label Arista
Writer(s) Rudy Clark
Producer Bert DeCoteaux, Tony Silvester
Linda Lewis singles chronology

"(Remember the Days of) The Old Schoolyard"
"It's in His Kiss
"Rock and Roller Coaster"

"The Shoop Shoop Song" had its first significant UK profile performed by a male act, the Searchers — with Mike Pender on lead – who cut the song as "It's in Her Kiss" for their April 1964 album release It's the Searchers. The song – similarly entitled – was subsequently recorded by the Hollies and the Swinging Blue Jeans while "Britgirls" Helen Shapiro, Lulu and Sandie Shaw all recorded "It's in His Kiss", though none of these versions was released as a single.

In 1974 the song was remade by Australian band the Bootleg Family Band: "The Shoop Shoop Song" was a top 5 hit for the band who later on became known as Avalanche.[3] Also in 1974 Lena Zavaroni recorded "It's in His Kiss" for her album If My Friends Could See Me Now, and Kristine Sparkle had a single release of the song uniquely entitled "In His Kiss" (parent album Image).

"The Shoop Shoop Song" first became a major UK hit in 1975 via a disco version by Linda Lewis produced by Bert de Couteaux and Tony Silvester and featuring Luther Vandross as a background vocalist. Entitled "It's in His Kiss" — despite containing a variant of the "shoop shoop" background vocal – Lewis' version reached #6.

In 1976 Anne Renée (fr) recorded the French language rendering "Embrasse-le" which borrowed the arrangement of the 1975 Linda Lewis disco remake.

Kate Taylor remade "It's in His Kiss" in 1977 at the suggestion of Livingston Taylor:[4] an acoustic rendition featuring a counter vocal by James Taylor - who produced (with Lew Hahn) - the track became Kate Taylor's sole Billboard Hot 100 hit with a #49 peak and was featured on Kate Taylor's 1978 self-titled album release.

Linda Ronstadt had planned to cut a remake of "The Shoop Shoop Song" with Nicolette Larson; this idea was abandoned but Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow performed the song live on a 1979 episode of Saturday Night Live. (Ronstadt also sang the song solo during her 1980 appearance on The Muppet Show.[5])

In 1979 Cisse (fi) remade the song as "It's in Her Kiss" for is Summer Party album.

The Swinging Blue Jeans hit No. 3 in the UK with their cover of Betty Everett's previous single to "The Shoop Shoop Song", "You're No Good", but the group's version of "It's in Her Kiss" was unreleased until 1998 when it was included on the At Abbey Road compilation.

Other versions of "The Shoop Shoop Song" have been cut by Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, and (as "It's in Her Kiss") by The Newbeats.

Cher version

Cher's remake was cut for the soundtrack of her 1990 film Mermaids in which it played under the closing credits, and the single's U.S. release coincided with the November release of the film. It peaked at number thirty three on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one in the United Kingdom, where it remained for five weeks, selling a total of 520,000 copies, making it one of the biggest-selling singles by a female artist in Britain in the 1990s. The song was Cher's first solo number one there. At the time, her previous number one in the United Kingdom had been in 1965 with her then husband Sonny Bono and their first hit: "I Got You Babe".

Cher's "The Shoop Shoop Song" also topped the charts in Austria, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Spain; the single achieved a number two peak in Australia and top ten status in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

The success of the single in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe was reflected in its addition to Love Hurts, her subsequent album, as released in those parts of the world, Australia and New Zealand. "The Shoop Shoop Song" was also included in the album's Canadian release but in the U.S. "The Shoop Shoop Song" was not available on a Cher album until the 1999 release of If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits.

Charts and certifications

Chart performance

Weekly charts
Chart (1990–1991) Peak
Chart (1990–1991) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[6] 4 New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 3
Austrian Singles Chart 1 Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Singles Chart 2 Spanish Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 21 Swedish Singles Chart 10
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart 4 Swiss Singles Chart 4
Dutch Top 40[8] 5 UK Singles Chart[9] 1
European Singles Chart 1 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 33
French Singles Chart 3 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales 23
German Singles Chart 3 U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 50
Irish Singles Chart 1 U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
B-side "Love on a Rooftop"
Released November 7, 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:51
Label Geffen Records
Writer(s) Rudy Clark
Producer Peter Asher
Certification Platinum (UK)
Cher European singles singles chronology

"Baby I'm Yours"
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
"Love and Understanding"
Audio sample

Cher North American singles chronology
"Heart of Stone"
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
"Love and Understanding"
1991 Year-end charts Position
Australian Singles Chart[10] 10
Austrian Singles Chart[11] 3
Dutch Top 40[8] 44
German Singles Chart[12] 7
Swiss Singles Chart[13] 7
UK Singles Chart 3
All Time Chart
Norway[14] 67


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Formats and track listings

Worldwide CD Single[15]

  1. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) [2:51]
  2. Baby I'm Yours
  3. We All Sleep Alone

U.S. Promo CD[15]

  1. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) [2:51]

Official versions

  • Obsession Mix (8:21)
  • Crush Mix (8:19)
  • Ventura Party Dub (6:45)
  • Ventura Radio Edit (4:03)
  • Ventura Party Mix (6:31)

Live performances

Cher performed the song on the following concert tours:

Music video

The original video for "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" was made to promote the movie Mermaids. The video features Cher with Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, who played her daughters in the film, in a music studio in the clothes and styles of the 1960s period of the film, clips of which are shown throughout. Near the end Cher and the girls are shown in an alley spray-painting a wall. When Mermaids quickly came and went from theaters a revised video was issued which deleted the clips from the film.

A brief music video of the original version appeared at the start of the special DTV Romancin', set to clips of kisses from Disney cartoons.

An episode of Tiny Toon Adventures also featured an animated music video of the original version, with Babs Bunny lip-syncing to the song.

Preceded by
"The One and Only" by Chesney Hawkes
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Cher version)
April 28, 1991 – June 1, 1991 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
Preceded by
"Joyride" by Roxette
Norwegian number-one single (Cher version)
May 9, 1991 (2 weeks)
May 30, 1991 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions

Other versions post-1980

"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" has also been remade by Nancy Boyd (nl) & The Capello's" (with Darry Campanilla - album Let's Hang On/ 1987), The Chipettes (album The Chipmunks Rock the House/ 1991), the Nylons (as "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In Her Kiss)" - album "Hits Of The 60's A Cappella Style"/ 1997), Vonda Shepard (album Songs from Ally McBeal/ 1997), Mary Duff (as "It's in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)" - compilation album The Ultimate Collection/ 2005), and Anna Book (album Let's Dance/ 2006).


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