Betty Everett

The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)

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"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" is one of the most beloved 1960s girl-group-styled hits, even though the woman who sang it, Betty Everett, might be more comfortably classified as a soul singer than a girl-group-like vocalist. There are a couple of unusual things to note about this tune's construction, though the melody was so catchy that not many people would think to catch them. First is that it starts with a two-line section whose melody isn't repeated anywhere else in the song, a most unusual device, though an effective one, with Everett demanding to know if the object of her affections loves her. The second is that although it's titled "The Shoop Shoop Song," at no point are the words "The Shoop Shoop Song" sung. It gets its name from the infectious "shoop shoop" syllables sung by the background vocalists in the chorus, though it's helpfully subtitled "It's In His Kiss," words that are sung during the chorus and ones that would have made a logical (if less colorful) official title. Getting past these irregularities, what puts "The Shoop Shoop Song" over is the delightful, playful call-and-response between the backup singers, asking various questions about the lead singer's boyfriend. Everett responds in bolder, more declarative tones, culminating in the catchy chorus that's backed by the "shoop shoop" noises, finished off by the backup singers chanting "that's where it is," rejoined by Everett's "oh yeah!" These verses capture the spirit of "girl talk" about romance with great verve and humor. There's also a cool bridge in which the backup singers harmonize in ascending patterns. The quirkiest features of "The Shoop Shoop Song," though, are the clattering xylophones, which take the lead in the instrumental break with what sound like deliberate off-key notes, as if to mimic the foolish way lovers swoon as they're succumbing to passion. The brief burst of cha-cha horns at the end of the break is just another neat tic on a most creative and enjoyable record, which made the Top Ten in 1964.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1976
Various Artists
MCA 2:14
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:12
No Image 1982 Charly Records
Hits from the Legendary Vee Jay Records 1986
Various Artists
Motown 2:11
Best of 60's Sock Hop 1987
Various Artists
Priority Records
American Rock 'N' Roll Classics, Vol. 1 1988
Various Artists
Roulette Records
Golden Oldies, Vol. 3 [Original Sound 1994] 1989
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:11
History of Rock: The 60s, Pt. 3 1990
Various Artists
Collectables 0:00
No Image 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 2:16
Soul Classics [Stardust] 1991
Various Artists
Import
Rhythm & Blues: 1964 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Beach Music Anthology 1992
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:14
The Shoop Shoop Song 1993 VEE-JAY 2:14
Dick Clark's 21 All-Time Hits, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:10
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of '60s Girl Groups [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Polygram 2:10
Ultimate Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Import
Brothers in Blues & Sisters in Soul 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:13
Radio Gold, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
Ace 2:17
Unchained Melodies II 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 2:07
Good Sh*t, Vol. 1: 100% Pure Hits of the 60s 1995
Various Artists
Drive Archive 2:13
I Love Beach Music, Vol. 1 & 2 1996
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:14
No Image 1996
Various Artists
TriStar Music
Sixties Generation: 1968 1997
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:13
Soul Collection [Madacy #1] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:13
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 64 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:13
Best Sellers of the 60's & 70's 1997
Various Artists
Best Music International 2:25
Global Rock, Vol. 9: From London to L.A. 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:13
Best of Betty Everett: Let It Be Me 1998 Aim Records 2:12
The Great Voice of Soul [Cleopatra] 1998
Various Artists
Cleopatra 2:14
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 5: Girl Group Sound 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:14
Love Songs of the 60's, 70's and 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:13
Rockin' Wedding 1998
Various Artists
Boomerang Records / Beacon Records 2:13
Cruisin' [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
60's Girl Power 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:12
Non-Stop Dancing [Madacy] 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:04
Non Stop Hits: R&R of 50's 60's & 70's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:19
Non Stop Hits: Rock N' Roll of the 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:04
Love Songs [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:13
Greatest Soul Album of All Time [Dressed to Kill] 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:14
Sweet Soul Music [Dressed to Kill] 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:11
Sixties Power, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
St. Clair / Retro Music 2:13
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 2:15
Ladies of the 60's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:09
Greatest Hits of the 60's [Platinum] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 0:00
Soul Monty 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:13
The Girl's Sound: Fifty Hits 1957-1966 2000
Various Artists
Double Gold / Doubles (UK) 2:17
The Essential Cult Movies [9 Disc Box] 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:13
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 2 & 3 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:12
Sixties Generation: 1968-1969 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:13
70 Ounces of Gold: Good Time Gold 2000
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:13
Women in Rock: Freedom of Expression 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:12
Soul Sisters [Direct Source] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:08
Women in Rock [Direct Source #1] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:12
Jammin' Oldies: Watzit Called 2000 Intercontinental Records 2:14
Vee Jay Rhythm & Blues: The Soul Era, Pt. 3 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:15
Hits of the 60's [Purple] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 2:09
Hits of the 60's, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:12
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:11
Girl Group Greats 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:16
Lifetime Music Presents: Weddings of a Lifetime 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:17
Then: Totally Oldies, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:16
A Year in Your Life: 1960's, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:09
Jukebox Hits 1964 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:07
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1964 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:09
Great Ladies of Rock & Roll: The '60s - WCBS 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:16
Vee-Jay: The Very Best of R&B 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:15
Women & Songs: 60s Girl Groups 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 2:16
The Story of Vee-Jay: America's Premier Black Music Label 2002
Various Artists
Metro Doubles 2:14
Collection 2003 Collectables 2:16
Girls! Girls! Girls! 25 All-Time Classics of the Girl Group Sound 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:16
Elite Divas 2003
Various Artists
Import 2:23
25 Beach Music Classics 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:16
Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Mid-'60s 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:18
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of the 60's Girls [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:11
The Greatest Groovy 60's Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:16
Original Divas [Madacy] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 2:16
#1 Original R&B Dream Divas 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:16
Sweet Soul Music: 1964 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:15
I Don't Know How She Does It 2011
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 2:12
Love Songs: It Must Be Love 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:25
300 Hits: Beach Party 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:25
Divas
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:27
Global Rock, Vol. 7-9: From London to L.A.
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Romancing the '60s: My Special Angel
Various Artists
StarVista 2:16
No Image
Various Artists
Music Club Records
Sixties Collection, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:12
Soda Shop Hits
Various Artists
CD Baby / Green Hill Productions 2:16
The 60's Collection
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:12
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:27
The Real Thing Charly Records