The next song on the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups. The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich with Phil Spector. It was previously recorded by The Ronettes and The Blossoms, neither of which group released as a single. The version by The Dixie Cups would become the definitive version. It would stay at the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box chart for 3 weeks (May 31 – June 20).
The Dixie Cups was formed by sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, plus their cousin Joan Marie Johnson; all from New Orleans. “Chapel of Love” was their first release and also their biggest hit. It was also their only number one hit song. Other songs for the group that charted were “People Say” (#12, 1964), “You Should Have Seen the Way He Looked at Me” (#39, 1964), “Iko Iko” (#20, 1965), and “Little Bell” (#51, 1965). Joan Marie Johnson quit the group after a couple of years and the Hawkins sisters now do concerts with Athelgra Neville as the third singer. The group mostly does concerts in the southeast because they are home based in New Orleans but visit their website for tour dates. The website also has videos of the group both old and recent
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