Monday, August 07, 2017

Songoftheday 8/7/17 - Does he love me I want to know, how can I tell if he loves me so?

"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" - Cher
from the album Mermaids (Original Soundtrack) (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #33 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2

Today's song of the day is from Cher, whose final studio album of the 1980's, Heart Of Stone, proved to be massive, continuing her "comeback" and scoring four top-20 pop hits with "After All", "If I Could Turn Back Time", "Just Like Jesse James", and the title track. The singer and actress filmed the movie Mermaids, a tale of a mother of girls in New England in the sixties, and contributed two songs to the soundtrack that was released in the fall of 1990. A cover of the 60s hit "Baby I'm Yours" originally by Barbara Lewis popped into the British singles chart at #89. But her other cover, this time of the girl-group-style gem "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)", did much, much better.

The song became popular first through its recording by Betty Everett, who took it to #6 on the pop chart and #1 on the R&B list in 1964...


Cher's version of the song faithfully goes retro, including the background "shoops", and was not only a selling point for the movie but landed her an international smash hit, and the video featuring co-stars Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, is super-cute...


Cher's take on "The Shoop Shoop Song" reached the American top-40 in January of 1991. The song also climbed to #7 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. But internationally, the record was massive. In Britain the single became Cher's first solo #1 hit, staying there for five weeks. It also topped the charts in Ireland, Austria, and Norway, and reached the top-10 in Belgium (#2), Germany (#3), France (#3), New Zealand (#3), Australia (#4), Switzerland (#4), the Netherlands (#5), and Sweden (#10). It was the third biggest song of the year in the UK as well.

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Here's Cher appearing on Spanish TV to promote the song...


The first release of the song was from R&B singer Merry Clayton, best known as the back up singer for the Rolling Stones ("Gimme Shelter"), but her original was mostly ignored back in 1963...


In the UK, singer Linda Lewis claimed a top ten hit with a proto-disco cover of the song...


Kate Taylor, sister to pop singer/songwriters James and Livingston, took her recording of the song (with James on backup) to #49 on the American chart in 1977...


Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow gave us a great performance of the song on Saturday Night Live in 1979...


 ...and now back to Cher on her Farewell tour in 2002...


Finally, from her 1999 Believe tour...


Up tomorrow: Italian dance act doesn't recognize many people (let alone their lead singer).

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