Songs that include lyrics originally found in Spector records

SAINT ETIENNE's song 'She's The One' from their 'Fox Base Alpha' CD (WB 26793) includes the lyric '...he hit me and it felt like a kiss.'

DARLENE LOVE's song 'All Alone On Christmas', from the soundtrack to the motion picture 'Home Alone 2' (Fox CD 07822-11000-2) includes a lyrical reference to '...dancing all night to 'Baby Please Come Home''. In Europe, the song was also released on vinyl and CD singles (Arista 74321 12476 7 and 74321 12476 2, respectively).


'Jerry's Pigeons' by GENYA RAVAN quotes a bit of 'Da Doo Ron Ron' on the fade. The song's on her 'Urban Desire' LP (20th Century Fox 562) and on a single (2384).

In BENNY MARDONES' Andrew Loog Oldham-produced version of Alessi's 'All For A Reason', available on his 'Thank God For Girls' LP (Private Stock 7007) or single (2384), he quotes a bit of 'Walking In The Rain' on the fade.


On a one-sided promo-only 45 (Apple Beatles Promo-1970 'Dialogue From The Beatles' Motion Picture 'Let It Be''), JOHN LENNON can be heard singing a snatch of 'Da Doo Ron Ron'.

When DAVID BOWIE's 'Young Americans' album was new in 1974, he appeared on Cher's TV show and sang a medley of tunes with her that interpolated that album's title song with a number of rock oldies, including a line from 'Da Doo Ron Ron'. The medley appears on the Bowie bootleg LP 'The Thin White Duke' (and, presumably, others) but has not seen official release.

In LEONARD COHEN's song 'Memories', producer Phil Spector, singing background vocals, can be heard on the fade intoning the '...and I do and I do and I do and I do...' chant from the Teddy Bears' 'To Know Him Is To Love Him'. The tune, from Cohen's 'Death Of A Ladies' Man' album (Warner Brothers 3125), was released as a single in Europe (Columbia 5882).

'He Told Me He Loved Me', written and recorded by CATHY BRASHER (Chattahoochee 690), rips off not only many of the lyrics from 'Then He Kissed Me' but also much of the melody.

'Happy Birthday Rock 'n' Roll', the song that closes RONNIE SPECTOR's first solo album, 'Siren' (Polish 808), incorporates several bars each of 'Be My Baby', 'Baby, I Love You' and 'You Baby', all very much in the style of the originals that Phil produced. (See also Part 3: It Says Here . . . )

RONNIE SPECTOR also reprises the chorus of her own 'Be My Baby' in her hit duet with Eddie Money, 'Take Me Home Tonight', found on single (Columbia 38-06231) and on his album 'Can't Hold Back' (40096).


ROBIN (Ward) mentions 'Da Doo Ron Ron', along with many other song titles, in the spoken-word novelty 'Top Forty Blues' (Dot 16519).

'There's A Broken Heart (For Every Song On The Jukebox)' by STEVE ROSSI (ABC-Paramount 10381), written by Larry Kolber and Jack Keller, builds its lyrics around song titles, including 'He's A Rebel'.

'Dedicated (To The Songs I Love)' by THE 3 FRIENDS (Imperial 5763) uses song titles, including 'Spanish Harlem', as the foundation for its lyrics as well.

On BARRY MANN's single 'The Princess And The Punk', co-written with Cynthia Weil (Arista 0194), the lyrics say, '...She was deep into teenage dreams and Crystals songs' before kicking into a two-bar quote of the familiar 'Then He Kissed Me' riff. The 1977 record is also interesting in that it prefigures the premise of the TV show 'Dharma And Greg' (but with the genders reversed), over twenty years before that show's debut.

The song 'Always Waitin'' by THE PARIS SISTERS (Mercury 72468), later recorded by Reparata and the Delrons (RCA 9185), includes the line, ''ve lost that lovin' feelin'...'. Coincidence? I think not.

EIICHI OHTAKI's album 'Go! Go! Niagara' (original LP: Nippon Columbia [Japan] LQ-7011-E; CD reissue: Sony/Niagara [Japan] SRCL 3500) opens with 'Go! Go! Niagara No Tema' ('Theme From 'Go! Go! Niagara'), the only cover version I've ever heard of 'Dr. Kaplan's Office' (only a few measures' worth, unfortunately) and then, two songs later, in 'Anoko Ni Goyoujin' ('Watch Out For That Cute Girl'), quotes lines from both 'Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart' and 'Puddin' 'n' Tain'. Also, on Ohtaki's eponymous first album (original LP: Bellwood [Japan] 0FL-7; CD reissue: King/Oo [Japan] 1) he includes a song called 'Ururaka' ('Fine Day') that is overtly derived from 'Da Doo Ron Ron'.

The CD 'A Christmas Present For You From Zero Hour' (Zero Hour 1110) closes with label president RAY MACKENZIE reciting the same rap Phil used over 'Silent Night' on the Philles album (substituting his own acts' names, of course), this time with 'The Christmas Song' as the backdrop. (See also Part 3: It Says Here… and Part 5: You Get The Picture?)

BRIAN WILSON's CD 'Imagination' (Giant 9 24703-2) contains a song called 'Lay Down Burden' in which the lines '...And if I had the chance/I'd never let you go' are borrowed from his favorite record, 'Be My Baby'.

LOU CHRISTIE cops the 'be my, be my baby' chorus of 'Be My Baby' in his (and Twyla Herbert's) song 'Outside The Gates Of Heaven' on his LP 'Lou Christie Strikes Again' (Co & Ce 1231). The track, which features backing vocals by the Tammys and Ellie Greenwich, was also released on 45 (235).


That same figure is also quoted in BLESSED ETHEL's 'Veronica', the lyric to which further contains the line 'baby I love you'. (See also Part 1: Honorable Mention and Part 8: What's Good For The Gander)

As 'Phil Spector's Birthday Song' by THE SLEAZY BEATS begins to fade, a guitar countermelody first features the line associated with the words 'be my, be my baby,' and then the one for 'to know, know, know him...' The track is on the various artists CD 'Pure Spun Sugar' (Candy Floss 017/American Pop Project 201). (See also Part 1: Honorable Mention)

Toward the end of WILLIE 'LOCO' ALEXANDER & THE BOOM-BOOM BAND's tribute (for lack of a better word) to Ronnie Spector, 'Pup Tune', the familiar chorus of the Ronettes' 'Baby I Love You' is invoked - quite passionately - several times. (See full details on this release in Part 8: What's Good For The Gander)

In the song 'Nose Hymn' from his LP 'Teddy Boys Don't Knit', Charisma (UK) 1153, VIV STANSHALL sings the line, 'To nose, nose, nose hymn' to the tune of the Teddy Bears' 'To Know Him Is to Love Him'.

The FLAMIN' GROOVIES' song 'I'm Only What You Want Me to Be' includes the words 'There's been a lot of talk around', set to the same melody as they are in The Ronettes' 'Is This What I Get (For Loving You)'. It's on their 'Rock Juice' CD, National 030.

'The New Ronnie Spector', the giddy celebration of its composer's newborn daughter's attributes by THE BREAKUP SOCIETY, incorporates segments of The Ronettes' 'Baby I Love You' (vocally) and 'Be My Baby' (instrumentally). (See also Part 8: What's Good for the Gander)

The break tune to THE ATTACK's 'Please Phil Spector' is that of 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin''.

Mike Rashkow (also known as Mike Lendell), the creative force behind the disc, shared these recollections: "Mike Lendell was both a nom de plume and a nom de guerre for me. I gave it up after a period, so things show up under one name or another, and sometimes as both. I never knew until joining Spectropop that 'Please Phil Spector' was released or that the 'group' was called The Attack. It was supposed to come out on a label named Attack in the USA. The label was owned by Nate McCalla and Jerry Schifrin (Lalo Schifrin's cousin). Attack was a secondary label for them; the lead label was Calla, a one-room operation on the second floor of the Roulette building, around the corner from the Brill. On the same floor, they had a small demo studio that was partially owned by arranger Don Costa and Teddy Randazzo. Guy Costa, Don's nephew, ran it. I worked there. I wrote 'Please Phil Spector' as a joke and a way of trying to get Phil's attention. Ellie had little contact with him at that time. We were writing and producing together, and I wanted to find a way to get involved with him, so I did the thing and Ellie sent it to him. He never responded." (See also Part 1: Honorable Mention)


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