Friday, November 13, 2009



"The Chiffons was an all girl group originating from the Bronx area of New York in 1960.

The Chiffons’ sassy flair made them one of the top Girl Groups of the early ’60s. With their trademark tight harmonies, high-stepping confidence and the hit machine of Goffin and King writing songs such as “One Fine Day,” the Chiffons made music that helped define the Girl Group sound of the era.
The group was originally a trio comprising
Judy Craig (lead singer), Patricia Bennett and Barbara Lee. They formed at James Monroe High School in The Bronx in 1960. At the suggestion of songwriter Ronnie Mack, Sylvia Peterson was added to the group in 1962. Peterson had previously sung with Little Jimmy & The Tops in 1959 when she was fourteen years old. This group had a local hit with "Puppy Love" (V-Tone). Sylvia shared the lead with Jimmy on the single's B-Side, "Say You Love Me". Peterson would later lend her leads to Chiffons' "Why Am I So Shy", "Strange, Strange Feeling", "The Real Thing" and the pseudonym sides as The Four Pennies, "My Block" and "When The Boy's Happy".
Another group from California also used the name "Chiffons" and recorded three singles, including a version of
the Shirelles' "Tonight's The Night". According to Craig and Bennett, the New York Chiffons have no connection to the other group.
The group hit the number one spot in the
United States with their first single "He's So Fine", written by Ronnie Mack, and released on Laurie. George Harrison's 1970 song "My Sweet Lord" was musically similar, prompting a copyright infringement claim. The Chiffons went on to record "My Sweet Lord" in 1975. A judge later found that Harrison had unintentionally plagiarized the earlier song.
Their first hit was followed by other notable tunes such as
Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "One Fine Day", "Sweet Talkin' Guy" and "I Have A Boyfriend". Their Top 40 single "I Have A Boyfriend" was playing on Dallas station KLIF on November 22, 1963 and was interrupted by the first radio bulletins of the JFK assassination. The group also released two singles in 1963 as The Four Pennies on the Laurie subsidiary, Rust Label."

In this post you have ALL of The Chiffons A-sides as well as most B-sides. I also included the pre-63 singles which may or may not have been recorded by the 'real' Chiffons. You will find both side of Little Jimmy & The Tops' single with Sylvia on background on the A-side and on a duet with Jimmy on the flip - 49 tracks in all!


  1. Thanks for the many tunes of theirs that I didn't have! Love these girl groups!