When I say I am talking Dixie Cups, I do not mean little round cardboard tubs full of ice cream. The Dixie Cups were three teenagers from New Orleans who had a smash hit in June 1964. When I tell you the name of the song -- on second thought I will not tell you -- you have to watch the video. Anyway, once you see it, and hear it, I bet you will know this tune. This is a real classic. It has always been one of my wife's favorite oldies. You will hear it in movies that are trying to capture the era of the 1960's too.
This song was really quite the big deal. The Dixie Cups were the only American group to have a #1 hit on the U.S. charts in the first six months of 1964. If you wonder why, think British invastion. The Beatles were putting out hit after hit and those U.S. songs that did chart tended to be solo acts, not groups. Chapel of Love stayed at #1 for three weeks. The Dixie Cups never had another huge hit, although they did make the top 20 one more time. Bette Midler recorded a cover of Chapel of Love several years later.
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspections
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