How can you tell if a guy loves you? His eyes can deceive, and you certainly can't trust what he says, so the only way to for sure is with his kiss, which acts as a kind of truth serum for love, according to this song.
Merry Clayton, a onetime Raelette who can be heard on the Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter," was the first to release this song, issuing it in 1963. Ramona King from the doo-wop group The Fairlanes was the next to release it, but it wasn't until Everett's 1964 cover that the song finally hit.
The song has spanned decades with more successful cover versions. In 1975, Linda Lewis reached #107 US; James Taylor's younger sister, Kate Taylor, hit #49 US in 1977; Cher took it to #33 US in 1991. Her version also hit #1 in the UK.
This was written by Rudy Clark, whose credits include " Good Lovin'" and "Got My Mind Set On You Like "The Shoop Shoop Song," the original artist didn't fare very well on those, but cover versions were very successful: "
The song received its name on account of backup vocals that sing, "shoop shoop shoop..." These gibberish words are heard every time the line, "If you wanna know if he loves you so," is sung.
Everett's version stood out in large part because of the xylophone solo - something you don't hear very often in a pop song.
This was Everett's third single and her first Top 40 hit. Her first failed to chart and her second single ("You're No Good," later covered by Linda Ronstadt) climbed only to #51 on the Hot 100. Everett recorded for Vee Jay Records, a Motown competitor.
The backup vocals were provided by a local female group from Chicago called the Opals.
Everett was reluctant to record this song at first and was urged by Calvin Carter (her producer) to do so. She felt that the song would flop (and probably thought it was silly).