The Beach Boys - Then I Kissed Her


The Beach Boys - Then I Kissed Her

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  "Then He Kissed Me" was written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. The song, produced by Spector, was initially released as a single in July 1963 by The Crystals. It is a narrative of a young woman's encounter, romance, and eventual marriage with a fellow youth.

In 2004, this song was #493 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 18 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".

 

The Beach Boys version

"Then I Kissed Her"
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Single by The Beach Boys (U.S. cover not for sale)
from the album Summer days (And Summer Nights)!
B-side "Mountain of Love"
Released May 1967
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded May 5, 1965
Genre Rock, pop
Length 2:15
Label Capitol
Writer Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Good Vibrations"
(1966)
"Then I Kissed Her"
(1967)
"Heroes and Villains"
(1967)

 

The song was re-worded to the title "Then I Kissed Her" and released by The Beach Boys on their 1965 album "Summer Days (And Summer Nights)!" with Al Jardine on lead vocals and production by Brian Wilson. Beyond title and gender changes, new lyrics were written retelling the story of the Crystals' song from the boyfriend's point of view.

Two years after appearing on the album, in April 1967 the song was released as a single in the United Kingdom, appearing as a stop-gap release while work continued on the "Heroes and Villans" single. This was reportedly done against the band's wishes, Beach Boys band member Mike Love commented on May 7, 1967 "The record company didn't even have the decency to put out one of Brian’s own compositions. The reason for the hold up with a new single has simply been that we wanted to give our public the best and the best isn't ready yet."

"Then I Kissed Her" charted at number four in the United Kingdom. The B-side of the single was "Mountain of Love", a song off the band's 1965 "Beach Boys' Party!" album.

 

Chart performance

Chart (1967) Peak
position
Dutch Top 40 2
German Singles Chart 39
Irish Singles Chart 4
Norwegian Singles Chart 10
UK Singles Chart 4

According to contemporary national charts sourced and cited by Billboard in 1967, it reached No. 2 in Sweden and South Africa and No. 9 in Belgium. It was No. 12 in Australia's Go Set chart and No. 6 in New Zealand.

 

Personnel

The Beach Boys
  • Al Jardine – lead vocals, guitar
  • Bruce Johnston – organ, vocals
  • Mike Love – vocals
  • Brian Wilson – bass guitar, piano, vocals
  • Carl Wilson – guitar, vocals
  • Dennis Wilson – drums, vocals
Session musicians and production staff
  • Ron Swallow – tambourine
  • Frank Capp – castanets

 

 

The Beach Boys - Then I Kissed Her / Mountain of Love

UK Capitol CL 15502 (1965).

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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