My Boyfriend's Back (1963)

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The Angels, formed in New Jersey by sisters Barbara Allbut (born September 24, 1940, in Orange, New Jersey) and Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut (born September 24, 1942, in Orange, New Jersey) and Linda Jansen, who left the group in 1962 and was replaced by Peggy Santiglia (born May 4, 1944 in New Jersey).

The Angels had their first hit in 1961 with "Till" (#14 US). That was followed in 1962 by "Cry Baby Cry" (#38 US) on the Caprice label.

In 1963 they signed to Mercury Records' Smash label and began working with songwriters Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer (who wrote "My Boyfriend's Back".)

Peggy Santiglia sang the lead on the Angels' recording of "My Boyfriend's Back" . But it was actually a demo recording intended for the Shirelles ("Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", etc.) to record. But the Angels' demo was released as a single instead. In four weeks' time it was a #1 hit.

After having a few minor hits thereafter the Angels went on to work as backing vocalists. They can be heard on Lou Christie's "Lightnin' Strikes". The Angels eventually disbanded in 1968.

Chart position:
#1 (US), #2 (US R&B), #50 (UK).

The Angels were the first all-white girl group to have a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (which began in 1955).

It was #1 in the US for three weeks in August and September 1963.

It was preceded at #1 by "Fingertips Pt. 2" (Little Stevie Wonder) and succeeded by "Blue Velvet" (Bobby Vinton).

Written by:
Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer.

Feldman, Goldstein, and Gottehrer also wrote/co-wrote such songs as "Sorrow" (a #4 UK hit for the Merseys,) "Night Time" and "I Want Candy" (both of which the trio turned into hits under a different name: the Strangeloves). They also arranged and produced the McCoys' version of "Hang On Sloopy" (#1 US in 1965).

The idea for "My Boyfriend's Back" came to co-writer Bob Feldman when he overheard a conversation between a high school girl and the boy she was rebuffing.

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