The Dixie Cups
The Dixie Cups (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Barbara Ann Hawkins
Rosa Lee Hawkins
Joan Marie Johnson
1964 - Chapel Of Love / Ain't That Nice (Red Bird 10-001)
1964 - People Say / Girls Can Tell (Red Bird 10-006)
1964 - You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me / No True Love (Red Bird 10-012)
1964 - Little Bell / Another Boy Like Mine (Red Bird 10-017)
1965 - Iko Iko / I'm Gonna Get You Yet (Red Bird 10-024)
1965 - Iko Iko / Gee Baby Gee (Red Bird 10-024)
1965 - Gee, The Moon Is Shining Bright / I'm Gonna Get You Yet (Red Bird 10-032)
1965 - That's Where It's At / Two-Way-Poc-A-Way (ABC Paramount 10692)
1965 - I'm Not The Kind Of Girl (To Marry) / What Goes Up, Must Come Down (ABC Paramount 10715)
1965 - A-B-C Song / That's What The Kids Said (ABC Paramount 10755)
1966 - Love Ain't So Bad (After All) / Daddy Said No (ABC Paramount 10855)
1964 - Wrong Direction (Red Bird) [released in 1979 on the Charly LP CRM 2004]
1964 - The Dixie Cups "Chapel Of Love" (Red Bird LP 20-100)
Chapel Of Love / Gee, The Moon Is Shining Bright / I'm Gonna Get You Yet / Ain't That Nice / Thank You Mama Thank You Papa / Another Boy Like Mine / /Gee Baby Gee / Iko Iko /Girls Can Tell / All Grown Up /People Say
1965 - The Dixie Cups "Iko Iko" (Red Birl LP 20-103)
Iko Iko / Chapel Of Love / Gee The Moon Is Shining Bright / I'm Gonna Get You Yet / Ain't That Nice / Thank You Mama, Thank You Papa / Gee Baby Gee / Another Boy Like Mine / Girls Can Tell / All Grown Up / People Say
1965 - The Dixie Cups "Riding High" (ABC Paramount LP 525)
What Goes Up, Must Come Down / Two-Way-Poc-A-Way / That's Where It's At / Sugar That I Need / I'm Not The Kind Of Girl (To Marry) / I've Got To Get That Boy / Danny Boy / Chances Are / Here It Comes Again / I'll Never Let The Well Run Dry / Promises, Promises
The Dixie Cups came from New Orleans and had one giant hit along with several other records before slipping into rock history. The three girls who comprised the group were Barbara Ann Hawkins [born 1943], her sister Rosa Lee Hawkins [born 1944] and their cousin Joan Marie Johnson [born 1945]
. All were from New Orleans. Originally known as Little Miss and the Muffets, the girls were discovered at a talent contest. New Orleans record producer/singer Joe Jones, who had a top ten hit of his own in 1960 with You Talk Too Much, liked their act and brought the girls to the Brill Building in New York.
In 1964 they began to rehearse a song that had been written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector titled Chapel Of Love. Spector produced a version of the same song by one of his groups, the Crystals, that went unissued. He also produced a version by another one of his groups, the Ronettes, which coincidentally was also comprised of two sisters and their cousin.
With Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Although it appeared to everyone involved that Chapel Of Love had "hit" written all over it, Spector was somewhat apprehensive about releasing the song. Barry and Greenwich arranged a rehearsal for the girls from New Orleans at Red Bird Records, a new label that was owned by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
The group was renamed the Dixie Cups, and their version of Chapel Of Love was released in 1964 on Red Bird. It became a huge international hit, a million seller, and a solid number one record in the United States. It also was a huge boost to Red Bird, which a short time later would become the home of another enormously successful girl group from New York City, the Shangri-Las. Spector later issued the Ronettes' version of Chapel Of Love on an album.
The Dixie Cups added two more top forty hits in 1964, People Say and You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me. When there was a pause in one of their recording sessions, the girls began a chanting song that they had learned in New Orleans called Iko Iko.
It was a call-and-respond type of chant with some percussion in the background, and when they recorded it, it became their final top forty record, in the Spring of 1965. Iko Iko was covered by a British female band called the Belle Stars in the 80's, and when this version was used in the movie Rain Man it made a return to the top forty in 1989.
The Dixie Cups' run on the charts didn't last very long, but their brief run was enough to make them one of the memorable girl groups of the Sixties.
Chapel Of Love
I’m Gonna Get You Yet
You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me
Chapel Of Love Ain't That Nice People Say
Girls Can Tell You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me No True Love
Little Bell Another Boy Like Mine Iko Iko
I'm Gonna Get You Yet Gee Baby Gee Gee, The Moon Is Shining Bright (mono single version)
Gee, The Moon Is Shining Bright (stereo album version) Wrong Direction That's Where It's At
Two-Way-Poc-A-Way I'm Not The Kind Of Girl (To Marry) A-B-C Song
What Goes Up, Must Come Down That's What The Kids Said Love Ain't So Bad (After All)
Daddy Said No Thank You Mama, Thank You Papa Sugar That I Need
I've Got To Get That Boy Danny Boy Chances Are
Here It Comes Again I'll Never Let The Well Run Dry Promises, Promises
Iko Iko (unreleased alternate take) People Say (unreleased alternate take)
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