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Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans


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Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans was an early 1960s vocal group produced by Phil Spector, and was initially conceived as a vehicle for the lead vocals of Bobby Sheen, who took the stage name Bob B. Soxx. “The Blue Jeans” were backing vocalists, Darlene Love and Fanita James, both of whom were also members of girl group The Blossoms.

Despite Sheen’s status as group leader, by the time the trio entered the recording studio, Spector was often using Darlene Love as the group’s primary vocalist. Sheen sang lead on the group’s first hit: 1962’s “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” (originally from the 1946 Disney movie Song of the South). Love, meanwhile, handled the lead vocals on Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans’ two follow-up singles: 1963’s “Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts?” and “Not Too Young to Get Married”.

Sheen and Love share vocal duties on the only album the group ever recorded (1963’s Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah).

Sheen can be heard as lead vocalist on the group’s final recordings, two cuts on the classic Spector-produced LP “A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector” (1963), on which Love also appears as a solo artist. On the cover of this album, a group portrait shows Sheen with two “Blue Jeans” vocalists who have been tentatively identified as James and yet another Blossoms member, Gloria Jones.

After 1963 the group was dropped by Philles Records and effectively ceased to exist. Sheen went back to using his real name, cut some tracks for Capitol Records in the mid 1960s, and later joined a late-running touring version of The Coasters.


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  • Lowbacca

    best track name: "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah"

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    best band name

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • DiazX

    lol at the punk tag =p

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • RaygeB4Beauty

    This is not the original single mix. Bobby's voice is way too high and all the claustrophobic production values have been stripped away. The version listed with a lower case z is the original, I think – but still so much better on vinyl

    3 Dec 2008 Reply

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