Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love

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"Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love"
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Single by Veronica
B-side"Chubby Danny D"
ReleasedJuly 1964 (1964-07)
RecordedMarch 1963 (1963-03), Gold Star Studios
LabelPhil Spector
Producer(s)Phil Spector
Veronica singles chronology
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"Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love"

"Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love" is a song written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, and Jeff Barry. It was first recorded by American singer Ronnie Spector, who was credited as Veronica. In 1964, it was released as an A-sided single backed with "Chubby Danny D".[1] It did not chart.[2]

The song was originally intended for the Ronettes, and was recorded at Gold Star Studios[3] in March 1963, but Spector withheld its release[4] for the reason that he did not feel it to be a number-one record.[5] Instead, "Be My Baby" was issued.[4] "Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love" was not placed on an LP until Phil Spector Wall of Sound Vol. 6 – Rare Masters Vol. 1, a rarities compilation issued in the UK in 1976.[6]

In 1965, the New Orleans pop girl group the Dixie Cups released the single "Gee the Moon Is Shining Bright", an alternate version of the song with slightly reworked lyrics.[7] Their version bubbled under the Hot 100 at number 102.[8] It was the fourth and final single taken from their debut studio album Chapel of Love. Cash Box described it as "a pulsating, rhythmic pop-blues romancer about a very-much-in-love gal who can’t wait to have some time alone with her fella."[9]

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  1. ^ Williams 2003.
  2. ^ Brown 2012, p. 66.
  3. ^ Brown 2012, pp. 145, 166.
  4. ^ a b Thompson 2010, p. 101.
  5. ^ Cateforis 2013, p. 44.
  6. ^ Thompson 2010.
  7. ^ Clemente 2000, pp. 96–99.
  8. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 282.
  9. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. June 19, 1965. p. 12. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  10. ^ Doe, Andrew Grayham. "GIGS80". Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved November 8, 2014.