The Chiffons

He's So Fine

Composed by Ronald Mark

Song Review by

"He's So Fine" is one of the all-time greatest girl group classics, going to #1 in 1963. The hook of "He's So Fine" might be basic, but it's about as memorable as they come in rock music: the insistent, repeated "doo-lang, doo-lang doo-lang" that serves as the song's intro and is repeated throughout the verses. It's just two ascending notes, but it's catchy enough, with an irresistible loping beat and naivete in the Chiffons' harmonies, to be indelible. That loping, slightly lazy beat continues in the verses, in which the "doo-lang" riff is kept up by the backup singers as the lead vocal delivers a typical but fetching idealization of a boy, as so many girl group songs do. The bridge of the song seems a little like an afterthought to connect the verses, but it's attractive anyway, particularly in the way the backup singers respond to the lead vocals with drawn out, almost drawled "oh yeah"s. The cut also benefits from an effective fade, in which the lead sings the title in a descending minor-keyed two-chord riff different from that heard throughout the rest of the song, her "so fine"s immediately seconded by the backup harmonies. As is known by many rock fans, and even some people who know little about pop music, George Harrison got into a lot of trouble over allegedly plagiarizing "He's So Fine" for his huge early-1970s hit "My Sweet Lord." The melody of "My Sweet Lord" is similar to, though not exactly similar to, "He's So Fine." The publishers of "He's So Fine" sued over the matter, and in 1976 Harrison was ordered to pay $1.6 million in damages.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1967
Various Artists
Laurie 1:54
No Image 1972
Various Artists
Big Tree 1:53
No Image 1975
Various Artists
Sessions Records
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 14 1976
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 1:53
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 1:53
History of Rock: The 60's, Pt. 1 - WCBS FM 101 1982
Various Artists
Collectables 1:55
Loves Highway 1984
Various Artists
Wisepack 1:54
No Image 1985 Impact
Cruisin' 1962-1963 1986
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 1:51
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Rhino
Sock Hoppin' Sixties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1963 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
Golden Oldies, Vol. 6 [Original Sound 1989] 1989
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 1:50
No Image 1990 Collectables
Oldies But Goodies: 21 #1 Hits 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 1:53
The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 1:54
Soft Eis: Die Schönsten Schmuse-Songs Aus "Eis Am Stiel" 1991
Various Artists
Edeltone / Edel Records / Edelton
Eis Am Stiel, Vol. 5 1991
Original Soundtrack
Ariola
70 Ounces of Gold: Rock & Gold 1992
Various Artists
Compose Records 1:53
Hi-Fi Rock & Roll Party 1993
Various Artists
Ace 1:53
Rock 'N' Roll Love Songs [Dino] 1993
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 1:52
The Fabulous 60's 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 1:50
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of '60s Girl Groups [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Polygram 1:53
Boys Boys Boys 1995 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
American Jukebox Classics, Vol. 5: Girl Talk 1995
Various Artists
Sterling Gold 1:51
Blast from the Past, Vol. 1 [Total Recording] 1995
Various Artists
Top Music
Sixties: Groovy Hits 1995
Various Artists
St. Clair / Prime Cuts 1:54
R&B Essentials 1995
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 1:52
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Unforgettable Hits 60s: Soldier Boy 1996
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 1:50
Greatest Hits 1996 The Right Stuff
It's My Party [Ktel] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:50
Sixties Groovy Hits [1996] 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Love Songs: Will You Love Me Tomorrow 1996
Various Artists
QED
60's Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:50
Hot Rod: Back Seat Movers 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 1:53
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 5: '60s Rock N Roll - It's My Party [1997] 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:53
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '60s, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 1:56
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1963 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 1:50
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 5: Girl Group Sound 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:53
Cruisin' [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Blue Moon: 26 Doo Wop Classics 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 1:51
60's Mix [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 1:44
Great Hits of the Sixties 1998
Various Artists
Goldies 1:53
60's Girl Power 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 1:54
Best of the Chiffons 1998 DJ Specialist 1:54
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [1998] 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:53
Hot Rod Box Set 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 1:55
The 60's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 1:53
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Rockin' Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:55
Jammin' Oldies: Girls' Night Out 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 1:53
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
The Girl's Sound: Fifty Hits 1957-1966 2000
Various Artists
Double Gold / Doubles (UK) 1:54
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: The All-Time Greatest Girl Groups 2000
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:06
Murray the K's Hits 2000
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:10
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 14 & 15 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 1:53
Women in Rock: Shady Ladies 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:52
20 Great Cruisin' Favourites, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Cascade Records 1:53
Ladies Be Good 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:52
Women in Rock [Direct Source #2] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:52
Number One Hits: 1960-1964 2000
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 1:53
Girls, Girls, Girls [WMO] 2000
Various Artists
BCD / Wonderful Music 1:53
Forever Gold: The 60's Groovy Hits 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 1:54
Roots of Rock 'N Roll: Best of the Girl Groups 1957-1963 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 1:51
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 1:52
Girl Group Greats 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 1:53
Teenagers in Love [Golden Stars] 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 1:53
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 1:49
Wolfman Jack's: Radio Hits 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 1:53
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 6: Heroes & Legends 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:52
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 1:54
One Fine Day [Remember] 2001 Remember Records / Import / Remember
Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, Vol. 1: The Greatest Songs from Early Rock 'n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 1:53
Let's Hear It for the Girls [Crimson/Demon] 2001
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 1:54
The Sixties Groovy Hits [2002] 2002
Various Artists
Deuce Boxed Sets 1:54
Jukebox Hits of the '60s [Collectalbes] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 1:56
Happy Days 50's & 60's 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 1:54
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 1:56
Ultimate Jukebox Collection [Ross] 2002
Various Artists
Ross Records 1:58
Great Ladies of Rock & Roll: The '60s - WCBS 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 1:54
Then: Totally Oldies, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:06
Women & Songs: 60s Girl Groups 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 1:54
Sommarklassiker 2002
Various Artists
Scranta Grammofon 1:52
History of Rock, Vol. 1-10 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 1:53
History of Rock Box 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 1:55
Top Hits of the Sixties: Absolute Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 1:55
The Sixties [Platinum Disc] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 1:53
Girls! Girls! Girls! 25 All-Time Classics of the Girl Group Sound 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:07
Best Singles of All Time, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Triple Value: Love 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Simply the Best 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music
The Laurie Records Story, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Ace 1:54
The Sixties [Goldies Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 1:53
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 1:53
Absolutely the Best of the Sixties, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 1:53
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:06
Best Sixties Summer Party...Ever! 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:54
Absolutely the Best! 2004 Fuel 2000 1:52
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of the 60's Girls [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 1:50
Best Sixties Party 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:53
Rock and Roll Jukebox, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 1:50
#1 Hits of the 60's [K-Tel] 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:51
Rock N Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time 60's, Vol. 7-8 2005
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 1:55
Colezo: Ladies American Pops 2005
Various Artists
Jvc Victor
Hit Radio Flashback, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
United Multi License 1:52
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Ultimate 16: American Classics 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 1:56
Rock & Roll: 40 No. 1 Songs 2005
Various Artists
Musicpro
K-Tel Presents: #1 Grooves of the '60s 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:53
Nothing But Number 1's of the USA 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:53
All #1 Hits '60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 1:55
Sweet Talkin' Girls: The Best of the Chiffons 2006 EMI Music Distribution / Special Markets USA 1:52
The Girl's Sound 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 1:52
Rock and Roll Love Songs 2006
Various Artists
Horizon 1:49
Malt Shop Memories: Top Down Convertible Sound 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:55
#1 Pop 60s Hits 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 1:55
101 60's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:53
30 #1 Hits of the 60s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:51
Malt Shop Memories, Vol. 5 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:55
Sounds of the Sixties [EMI Gold] 2007
Various Artists
EMI 1:55
The Original 60's Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 1:54
Only the Best of the History of Rock the 60s 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 1:55
Pure: 60s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:54
No Image 2007 K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 1:49
Where Were You: 1963 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:54
Malt Shop Memories [Box Set] 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:55
101 Rock 'N' Roll Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 1:53
Eis Am Stiel Very Best Of - Die Schonsten Hits Der Und 60er Jahre! 2008
Various Artists
Edel Entertainment / Edel Records 1:50
Sweet Soul Music: 1963 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 1:51
Groovin' 60's [TGG] 2008
Various Artists
TGG 1:51
Ultimate 60s Collection, Vol. 2 [Collectables] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables
Rock 'N' Roll Hit Mix 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / Eurotrend 1:31
Original Hits: Love 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:53
Rock 'N' Roll & Petticoats: Hits der 50er + 60er 2009
Various Artists
Edel Records 1:50
60s Hits of the Ladies 2010
Various Artists
TGG Direct 1:55
The Ultimate Sixties Hits 2010
Various Artists
EMI 1:53
Be My Baby: The Girls of the Sixties 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 1:52
100 Hits: Swinging 60s 2012
Various Artists
100 Hits 1:55
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems: I Get Around 2012
Various Artists
Life / Time 1:55
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:55
She's So Fine: The Rise of the Girl Groups 2013
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage 1:54
Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 15: 1963 2013
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 1:52
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 1:55
100 Hits Of The Swingin' 60's
Various Artists
K-Tel 1:49
101 Sixties Party Hits
Various Artists
EMI 1:53
No Image
Various Artists
Laurie
25 Rock 'N' Roll Hits, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Tring 1:55
De Pre Historie: 1963, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 1:54
No Image Ace
Flipped
Various Artists
WaterTower Music 1:55
Girl Crazy!
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 1:55
Girl Power: The First Ladies of Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Moving Production
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 12
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 1:46
He's So Fine: The Laurie Records Story
Various Artists
One Day Music 1:54
Hits of the 60's U.S.A.
Various Artists
Hits of the 60s [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Music Group 1:51
It All Started With Doo Wop: The Glory Of Love
Various Artists
1:53
It All Started with Doo Wop
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:53
Legendary Soul [Slam]
Various Artists
Slam
Pop Anthology: 1963
Various Artists
1:53
Romancing the '60s: This Magic Moment
Various Artists
StarVista 1:55
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 1:49
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
The  Rock Box [K-Tel]
Various Artists
K-Tel
No Image Special Markets USA 1:55
The Weekend Starts Here
Various Artists
EMI / Virgin
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Triple Value Rock & Roll
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On: 25 Rock 'N' Roll Hits
Various Artists
Tring
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