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

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"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
Single by Betty Everett
from the album You're No Good
B-side"Hands Off"
Writer(s)Rudy Clark
ProducerCalvin Carter
Betty Everett singles chronology
You're No Good
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
I Can't Hear You
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"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
Single by Betty Everett
from the album You're No Good
B-side"Hands Off"
Writer(s)Rudy Clark
ProducerCalvin Carter
Betty Everett singles chronology
You're No Good
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
I Can't Hear You
"It's in His Kiss"
Single by Linda Lewis
from the album Not a Little Girl Anymore
B-sideWalk About
RecordedMedia Sound, NYC
Writer(s)Rudy Clark
ProducerBert DeCoteaux, Tony Silvester
Linda Lewis singles chronology
"(Remember the Days of) The Old Schoolyard"
"It's in His Kiss
"Rock and Roller Coaster"
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
Single by Cher European singles
from the album Mermaids Soundtrack and Love Hurts
B-side"Love on a Rooftop"
ReleasedNovember 7, 1990
GenrePop rock
LabelGeffen Records
Writer(s)Rudy Clark
ProducerPeter Asher
CertificationPlatinum (UK)
Cher European singles singles chronology
"Baby I'm Yours"
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
"Love and Understanding"
Audio sample
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Cher North American singles chronology
"Heart of Stone"
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
"Love and Understanding"

"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" is a song written by Rudy Clark. The song was made a hit when recorded by Betty Everett, who hit No. 1 on the Cashbox magazine R&B charts with it in 1964. Recorded by dozens of artists and groups around the world in the decades since, the song became an international hit when remade by Cher in 1991.


Vinyl Recordings

Betty Everett hit, Merry Clayton original and Ramona King single

Calvin Carter, the chief A&R man for the Chicago-based Vee-Jay Records, found "It's in His Kiss" while visiting New York City in search of material for the Vee-Jay roster which included Betty Everett. After Everett had a hit with another song Calvin Carter brought back from New York City, "You're No Good", Calvin Carter suggested Everett cut "It's in His Kiss" as the follow-up single. Everett – who found the song puerile – reluctantly agreed. The accompanying vocals on Everett's recording were provided by Vee-Jay session regulars the Opals, who were four teenage girls from East Chicago, Indiana.

Dave Marsh in his book The Heart of Rock and Soul opines that Betty Everett's version, "while [credited] as a solo performance is one of the finest girl group hits, undoubtedly the best one made outside the genre's New York City/Philadelphia/Los Angeles "axis"".[1]

In fact the song was rejected on behalf of the premier girl group of the early 1960s, the New York-based Shirelles[2] and was first recorded in New York City by Merry Clayton with vocal accompaniment by the Blossoms; produced by Jack Nitzsche and entitled "It's in His Kiss", Clayton's version was released in June 1963 on Capitol with no noticeable result.

Another version of "It's in His Kiss" by Los Angeles-based vocalist Ramona King (produced by Joe Saraceno and Jerry Riopelle) was released on Warner Brothers in January 1964, the week prior to the release of Everett's version. Although Everett's single was more likely to receive airplay due to her being an established hitmaker (with "You're No Good"), Vee-Jay feared losing sales to the King version and opted to distinguish Everett's version by issuing it under the title "The Shoop Shoop Song" referring to the song's background vocals. "The Shoop Shoop Song" became the second biggest, though perhaps most memorable, hit of Everett's career, reaching No. 6 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts in April 1964. Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song" was also a No. 1 R&B hit according to Cash Box.

The Everett version was initially overlooked in the UK in 1964 although Everett's minor 1965 U.S. hit "Getting Mighty Crowded" (#65) would reach No. 29 UK. In 1968 UK label President Records reissued both songs on one single, with "The Shoop Shoop Song" as the A-side, and this release hit the UK Top 40, peaking at #34.

1960s and 1970s covers

"The Shoop Shoop Song" had its first significant UK profile performed by a male act, the Searchers — with Mike Pender on lead – who cut the song as "It's in Her Kiss" for their April 1964 album release It's the Searchers. The song – similarly entitled – was subsequently recorded by the Hollies and the Swinging Blue Jeans while "Britgirls" Helen Shapiro, Lulu and Sandie Shaw all recorded "It's in His Kiss", though none of these versions was released as a single.

In 1974 the song was covered by Australian band the Bootleg Family Band. "The Shoop Shoop Song" was a top 5 hit for the band who later on became known as Avalanche.[3]

"The Shoop Shoop Song" first became a major UK hit in 1975 via a disco version by Linda Lewis produced by Bert de Couteaux and Tony Silvester and featuring Luther Vandross as a background vocalist. Entitled "It's in His Kiss" — despite containing a variant of the "shoop shoop" background vocal – Lewis' version reached #6.

Kate Taylor had her one chart single in the U.S. (#49) with a 1977 acoustic remake of "It's in His Kiss"; the counter vocal was by James Taylor who produced (with Lew Hahn). Linda Ronstadt had planned to cut a remake of "The Shoop Shoop Song" with Nicolette Larson; this idea was abandoned but Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow performed the song live on a 1979 episode of Saturday Night Live. (Ronstadt also sang the song solo during her 1980 appearance on The Muppet Show.[4])

The Swinging Blue Jeans hit No. 3 in the UK with their cover of Betty Everett's previous single to "The Shoop Shoop Song", "You're No Good", but the group's version of "It's in Her Kiss" was unreleased until 1998 when it was included on the At Abbey Road compilation.

Other versions of "The Shoop Shoop Song" have been cut by Aretha Franklin, Vonda Shepard, The Chipettes, The Supremes, and (as "It's in Her Kiss") by The Newbeats and The Nylons.

Cher version

Cher's remake was cut for the soundtrack of her 1990 film Mermaids in which it played under the closing credits, and the single's U.S. release coincided with the November release of the film. The lackluster box office performance of Mermaids was mirrored by the chart performance of "The Shoop Shoop Song" single, which peaked at No. 33 in January 1991, signaling the end of the hit-streak Cher had enjoyed in the U.S. since 1987.

The lack of American enthusiasm for Cher's "The Shoop Shoop Song" led to another cut, her remake of Barbara Lewis' "Baby I'm Yours", being the lead single from the Mermaids soundtrack in the UK and Continental Europe. However, after that song failed to become a hit – barely scraping the UK charts at No. 89 — "The Shoop Shoop Song" was issued as a single, backed with "Baby I'm Yours", and reached No. 1 on the UK chart of May 4, 1991, staying atop the chart for five weeks and selling 520.000 copies making it one of the best selling singles by female artists in the 1990s. The song was Cher's first solo number one, her last number one was back in 1965 with her then husband Sonny Bono and their first hit: "I Got You Babe."

Cher's "The Shoop Shoop Song" was also a No. 1 hit in Austria, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Spain; the single achieved a No. 2 peak in Australia and Top Ten status in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

The success of the single in the UK and Continental Europe was reflected in its addition to Love Hurts, her subsequent album, as released in those parts of the world, Australia and New Zealand. "The Shoop Shoop Song" was also included in the album's Canadian release but in the U.S. "The Shoop Shoop Song" was not available on a Cher album until the 1999 release of If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits.



Weekly Charts

Chart (1990/1991)Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5]4
Austrian Singles Chart1
Belgian Singles Chart2
Canadian Singles Chart21
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart4
Dutch Top 40[6]5
European Singles Chart1
French Singles Chart3
German Singles Chart3
Irish Singles Chart1
New Zealand Singles Chart[7]3
Norwegian Singles Chart1
Spanish Singles Chart1
Swedish Singles Chart10
Swiss Singles Chart4
UK Singles Chart[8]1
Chart (1990)Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 10033
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales23
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales50
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks7

Annual Charts

Chart (1991)Position
Australian Singles Chart[9]10
Austrian Singles Chart[10]3
Dutch Top 40[6]44
German Singles Chart[11]7
Swiss Singles Chart[12]7
UK Singles Chart3

All-Time Charts



UKSingles ChartGold

Other recordings

Music video

The original video for "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" was made to promote the movie Mermaids. The video features Cher with Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, who played her daughters in the film, in a music studio in the clothes and styles of the 1960s period of the film, clips of which are shown throughout. Near the end Cher and the girls are shown in an alley spray-painting a wall. When Mermaids quickly came and went from theaters a revised video was issued which deleted the clips from the film.

A brief music video of the original version appeared at the start of the special DTV Romancin', set to clips of kisses from Disney cartoons.

An episode of Tiny Toon Adventures also featured an animated music video of the original version, with Babs Bunny lip-syncing to the song.

Formats and track listings

World wide CD Single[15]

  1. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) [2:51]
  2. Baby I'm Yours
  3. We All Sleep Alone

U.S. Promo CD[15]

  1. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) [2:51]

Official versions

  • Obsession Mix (8:21)
  • Crush Mix (8:19)
  • Ventura Party Dub (6:45)
  • Ventura Radio Edit (4:03)
  • Ventura Party Mix (6:31)

Live Performances

Cher performed the song on the following concert tours:

Preceded by
"The Way You Do the Things You Do" by The Temptations
"Cash Box magazine" "Top 50 in R&B Locations"
number-one single (Betty Everett version)

April 11, 1964 – April 25, 1964
(3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"My Guy" by Mary Wells
Preceded by
"The One and Only" by Chesney Hawkes
UK number-one single (Cher version)
May 4, – June 1, 1991 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
Preceded by
"Joyride" by Roxette
Norwegian number-one single (Cher version)
May 9, 1991 (2 weeks)
May 30, 1991 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions


  1. ^ Marsh, Dave (1989). The Heart of Rock and Soul. New York: Plume. p. 398. ISBN 0-452-26305-0 / 0-452-26305-0. 
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  4. ^ "Linda Ronstadt". Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Australian Singles Chart [1] . Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (in Dutch) (pdf). Top40. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ New Zealand Singles Chart [2] . Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  8. ^ "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" in UK Singles Chart [3] . Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  9. ^ 1992 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 15, 2008)
  10. ^ 1991 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 15, 2008)
  11. ^ [4]
  12. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved August 15, 2008)
  13. ^ "Norway all-time chart". Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('The Shoop Shoop Song')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  15. ^ a b "Shoop Shoop Song Single".