The Crystals

Da Doo Ron Ron

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”Da Doo Ron Ron” was one of the first songs Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry ever handed Phil Spector, and one, Greenwich merrily confessed, that meant absolutely whatever you wanted it to. Indeed, although countless interpretations of the title have been delivered up over the years, Greenwich and Barry’s own recollection is that they’d simply run out of words to fit the tune, so they ad-libbed in the hope that something better would present itself. When it didn’t, they relied on the listener’s imagination to fill in the blanks. Which, of course, it did.

Phil Spector intended the song as the follow-up to the Crystals “He’s A Rebel”, but he did not reckon with that song’s vocalist, Darlene Love, demanding that, this time, she receive some sort of credit on the record. Spector initially seemed amenable to her request, assuring her it would be done and insisting, even as they worked on the song, that his lawyer was drawing up the contracts. But not until Love walked out of the studio with just a few more vocal lines remaining, furious that Spector had forgotten the document once again, was the contract finally delivered. And when she did finally sign, Spector cancelled the single altogether.

He did not cancel the performance, however. The Crystals themselves had recently brought a new member on board, as 15-year-old Dolores “La La” Brooks replaced the pregnant Mema Girard, an event that completely rejuvenated the group, both as an act in their own right, and as a power in Spector’s eyes. Forgetting there had ever been a time when he refused to let the group sing on their own singles, he rushed them into the studio to cut a new vocal over the existing backing track. Once there, Brooks’ treatment of “Da Doo Ron Ron”, so vastly different to Love’s knock-out assault, enchanted him from the moment he even imagined it. By the time he had it down on tape, it was mesmerising, and the resultant single, in April 1963, was destined for a Top 3 place.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1977
Quadrophenia [Music from the Soundtrack of The Who Film] 1979 Polydor 2:10
Good Time Rock 'n' Roll 1986
Various Artists
MCA
Good Old Rock and Roll, Vol. 2 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:05
20 Greatest Hits 1963 1988
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:06
Eis Am Stiel, Vol. 4 1991
Original Soundtrack
Ariola
Back to Mono (1958-1969) 1991 ABKCO Records 2:18
Surfin' USA [Dominion] 1991
Various Artists
Dominion 2:23
The Best of the Crystals [ABKCO] 1992 ABKCO Records 2:18
Good Old Rock & Roll: 28 Great Hits 1994
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:05
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of '60s Girl Groups [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Polygram 2:22
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Leading Ladies, Vol. 3 [Box Set] 1996
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:19
Unforgettable Hits 60s: Soldier Boy 1996
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:19
World of Rock N Roll 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:17
Party Time [Galaxy] 1996
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:17
Golden Rock & Roll Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:19
Hits to Remember, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:17
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1963 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 2:19
Rockin' Wedding 1998
Various Artists
Boomerang Records / Beacon Records 2:22
60's Girl Power 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:22
Hits of the 60's, Vol. 5 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:21
The Girl's Sound: Fifty Hits 1957-1966 2000
Various Artists
Double Gold / Doubles (UK) 2:23
Greatest Hits [Classic World] 2000 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:15
Jammin' Oldies: Watzit Called 2000 Intercontinental Records 2:22
Good Old Rock and Roll 2000
Various Artists
King 2:05
Teenagers in Love [Golden Stars] 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:22
The Crystals 2001 Town Sound 2:05
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:19
The Definitive Love Collection [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 0:00
Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals 2011 Legacy / Phil Spector Records 2:20
Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector, 1961-1966 2011
Various Artists
Legacy / Phil Spector Records / Sony Music Distribution 2:22
The Essential Phil Spector 2011 Legacy / Sony Legacy 2:21
Haynes Ultimate Guide to the 60s 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:21
Phil Spector Presents the Philles Album Collection 2011
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Legacy / Sony Music 2:23
The Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:33
Playlist: Very Best of the Crystals 2016 BMG / Sony Music 2:20
It's Only Rock & Soul, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Artemis Records / Zebralution
The Sockhop Collection: Be My Baby
Various Artists
StarVista 2:20