My Boyfriend’s Back – The Angels

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………on September 1st of 1963 The Angels become the first white girl group to have a US number one hit when “My Boyfriend’s Back” topped the Billboard Hot 100. The songwriting/production trio of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer wrote this song and produced it. Bob Feldman was inspired to write this song after witnessing an altercation between a girl and a tough-looking boy who wore a leather jacket. The girl yelled at him for telling lies about her at school and actually said the two phrases that would become lyrics to the song, “My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble… you’re gonna be sorry you were ever born.” Feldman told Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer about the incident that night and they came up with one of the most legendary songs in the history of rock. The version of this song universally played on Oldies radio is not the version that was a hit. There is an instrumental interlude in this version that was not present on the hit single. On the current version, “My boyfriend’s back, he’s gonna save my reputation” is heard twice – once before and once after the break. On the hit version, the ending section comes in immediately after the “hey la”‘s that follow “If I were you I’d take a permanent vacation.” The Angels, in addition to having hits of their own, were much in demand as background vocalists on others’ records. Perhaps their most famous outing in this regard is on Lou Christie’s “Lightnin’ Strikes,” which featured Angel Peggy Santiglia. This was one of the last hits that followed the traditional model of a New York-based songwriting team creating a song for a girl group that would then record it based on a demo created for them. The Beatles, along with the other British invasion bands, wrote their own songs and shook up the established supply chain when it came to songs. The songwriters Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer found an interesting way to adapt: they started recording their own songs. Calling themselves The Strangeloves, they pretended to be a savage Australian act, as it made for a much better story. The result was hit songs “I Want Candy,” “Night Time,” and “Cara-lin.”