That’s Where It Is

The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) was written and composed by Rudy Clark and was first released as a single in 1963 by Merry Clayton, however that did not chart.  Clayton’s recording was produced by Jack Nitzsche and featured Hal Blaine on drums and the Blossoms singing the chorus.  The song became a hit a year later when Betty Everett recorded it, going to #1 on the Cashbox magazine R&B charts.  The accompanying vocals on Everett’s recording were provided by Vee-Jay session regulars the Opals, a trio of teenage girls (Rose “Tootsie” Addison, Myra Tilliston, and Rose E.  Kelley) from East Chicago, Indiana.  The song became an international hit when Cher covered this in 1990 for the soundtrack of the film Mermaids in which it played under the closing credits.

In 1966, Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick wroteGood Lovin’’ which was originally recorded by The Olympics, but it became a #1 hit single for the Young Rascals.  In 1972, Rudy Clark cowrote ‘Everybody Plays the Fool’ with J. R. Bailey and Ken Williams which became a hit for The Main Ingredient, and this was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.  Rudy Clark wrote ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ which was covered by George Harrison in 1987 and went to #1 in the US and charted #2 in the UK.  Clark was a close friend of singer Bobby Darin, who owned TM Music/Trio, the music company that employed Clark.  Clark and Darin collaborated on several hits, including ‘Do the Monkey’.  He has more than 250 copyrights listed by BMI and sadly he died on September 3, 2020 at the age of 84 in Tampa, Florida.

The Mermaids video features Cher with Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, who played her daughters, in a music studio in the clothes and styles of the 1960s period of the film, clips of which are shown throughout.  Near the end Cher and the girls are shown in an alley spray-painting a wall.  The plot follows a neurotic teenage girl who moves with her wayward mother and young sister to a small town in Massachusetts.  There is an aquatic theme to Mermaids where the little sister is an ace swimmer, and the mom who played by Cher dresses up as a mermaid for New Year’s Eve.

Although it is not a proven concept, it is felt that that one of the surest ways to find out if a man truly loves a woman is through his kiss.  A woman can’t tell if a man loves her by his sighs, charms, embrace, or by hugging him and squeezing him tight, as all of these actions can be deceiving, so in order to know for sure, she has to kiss him.  The word shoop in this song is an improvised innocent, nonsense scat sound sung in doo-wop-styled harmonies.  This song became the first #1 hit for Cher’s solo career.  Cher’s career as a recording artist spans seven decades and she is the only artist to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of past six decades.  Cher is the fifth-ranked female artist with the most Billboard US Hot 100 charted singles.

‘I Got You Babe’ went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.  In 1971, ‘Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves’ reached #1 and ‘Half-Breed’ got there in 1973 and ‘Dark Lady’ reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.  In 1989, Cher had two songs that reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, with those being ‘After All’ and ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’.  In 1998, ‘Believe’ charted #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Cher’s twenty-fourth studio album Living Proof gave her three #1 Dance Club Songs, a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine, those being ‘Song for the Lonely’, ‘A Different Kind of Love Song’, and ‘When the Money’s Gone’.  Cher had another #1 Dance Club Song in 2010 with ‘You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me’ and again in 2013 with ‘Woman’s World’.

Does he love me, I wanna know
How can I tell if he loves me so?

Oh, no, you’ll be deceived
(Is it in his sighs?)
Oh, no he’ll make believe
If you wanna know
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
If he loves you so
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is, oh yeah)

Oh no, it’s just his charms
(In his warm embrace?)
OH no, that’s just his arms
If you wanna know
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
If he loves you so
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)
Oh, it’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)

Whoa, Hug him and squeeze him tight
Find out what you wanna know
If it’s love, if it really is
It’s there in his kiss

Oh no, that’s not the way
You’re not listenin’ to all I said
If you wanna know
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
If he loves you so
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)
Oh, It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)

Whoa, Hug him and squeeze him tight
Find out what you wanna know
If it’s love, if it really is
It’s there in his kiss

Oh no, that’s not the way
You’re not listenin’ to all I said
If you wanna know
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
If he loves you so
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)

Oh, It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)
Oh, yeah it’s in his kiss
(It’s in his kiss)
(That’s where it is)
Ooh, it’s in his kiss
(It’s in his kiss)
That’s where it is

It’s in his kiss
That’s where it is
Ooh, it’s in his kiss
That’s where it is
Ooh, oh it’s in his kiss
Oh, oh, it’s in the kiss
That’s where it is
That’s where it is

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme this week is to find a song which is featured in a film that made the charts.

24 thoughts on “That’s Where It Is

  1. I enjoy the depth in your descriptions, Jim. I LOVE learning and appreciate trivia. That song is one that does that ‘little extra’ to me. Don’t get me started on Cher. She’s the GOAT.

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  2. I never heard her version…I’ve never seen the movie.
    Merry Clayton seemed familiar…she was on Gimme Shelter right?

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    1. Yes, that was her. After that Merry Clayton became one of the most in-demand back-up singers of her day. From Bobby Darin to Lynryd Skynyrd to Coldplay, artists have wanted this amazing voice to be a part of their music.

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  3. I never knew she covered this but it is a great rendition Maybe I will see the Mermaids movie. I really was disappointed when I was like that it didn’t have actual mermaids like Splash did.

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