The Crystals – Then He Kissed Me (Song Review)



Along with Ike & Tina Turner, The Ronettes and The Righteous Brothers, The Crystals are perhaps the most well-known group to voice Phil Spector’s compositions and arrangements. During their 1961-1964 stay at the famous and suggestively named Phillies Records (after executive Lester Still and Spector himself), the girls went through multiple line-up variations and confusions. The first few singles were fronted by member Barbara Alston: the label-inaugurator There’s No Other (Like My Baby), Uptown and the controversial He Hit Me(It Felt Like a Kiss) (penned by Gerry Goffin and Carole King). Riding on the success of these compositions, Spector decided to release two more singles under the Crystals name despite not having anything to do with the actual group. He’s a Rebel and He’s Sure the Boy I Love were entirely performed by Darlene Love and the Blossoms – another Phillies group – despite the Crystals credit.


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