Chart Performance: Pop (#1); 1974
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
After turning out one monster hit after another (many with then-wife Ellie Greenwich), Jeff Barry took a staff producer/songwriter gig with Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller’s Red Bird label. There, in 1964 alone, the two created Chapel Of Love for the Dixie Cups, Leader Of The Pack for the Shangri-Las, and I Wanna Love Him So Bad for the Jelly Beans. Barry also produced some bombs; including I Hear You Say (I Love You, Baby) by Andy Kim. Post-Red Bird, Jeff formed Steed Records where he and Andy collaborated on Kim’s first three chart singles. 1969 proved to be a watershed year for Kim and Barry. They wrote the Archies’ chart-topping monster – Sugar, Sugar – and got Andy into the Top 10 with an old Barry/Greenwich/Spector Ronettes song, Baby, I Love You. Six more Kim/Barry singles later and Andy’s career was cold as ice. His chart winter lasted three years. Then, in June of 1974, Andy returned with a self-financed record and a #1 single: Rock Me Gently.
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- Andy Kim
Lyrics Written by:
- Andy Kim
- “Rock Me Gently” won the Juno Award for Single of the Year