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The Chiffons was an all girl group originating from the Bronx area of New York in 1960.


The group comprised Judy Craig (lead singer), Patricia Bennett, Barbara Lee, and Rita Haynes. Sylvia Peterson was added to the group in 1963. Another group from California also used the name "Chiffons" and recorded three singles, including a version of the Shirelles "Tonight's The Night". According to Craig and Bennett, the New York Chiffons have no connection to the other group.

The group hit the number one spot in the United States with the song "He's So Fine" as their first single. George Harrison's 1971 song "My Sweet Lord" was musically similar, prompting a copyright infringement claim. The Chiffons went on to record "My Sweet Lord" in 1975. A judge later found that Harrison had unintentionally plagiarized the earlier song.

Their first hit was followed by other notable tunes such as Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "One Fine Day", "Sweet Talkin' Guy" and "I Have A Boyfriend". Their Top 40 single "I Have A Boyfriend" was playing on Dallas station KLIF on November 22, 1963 and was interrupted by the first radio bulletins of the JFK assassination. The group also released material under the title The Four Pennies. They released two singles on the Rust Label.

Craig left the Chiffons in 1968 and they continued as a trio. In 1992, Lee died from a heart attack the day before her 45th birthday, and Craig returned to the group. Peterson retired shortly thereafter and was replaced by Connie Harvey. Harvey has since left to pursue a solo career and Bennett has retired from the group.

Currently Judy Craig performs as the Chiffons with her daughter and her niece at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater in Branson, Missouri and at selected Oldies shows. The Chiffons are part of the "Original Stars at American Bandstand" show.

Discography (as The Four Pennies)


  • 1963 "My Block" (US #67)
  • 1963 "When the Boy's Happy" (US #95)

Discography (as the Chiffons)

Standard albums

  • 1963: He's So Fine (US #97)
  1. "He's So Fine"
  2. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
  3. "Oh My Lover"
  4. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
  5. "My Block"
  6. "ABC-123"
  7. "Lucky Me"
  8. "Why Am I So Shy"
  9. "See You in September"
  10. "Wishing"
  11. "Mystic Voice"
  12. "When I Go to Sleep at Night"
  • 1963: One Fine Day
  1. "One Fine Day"
  2. "It's My Party"
  3. "The Loco-Motion"
  4. "Tonight I Met an Angel"
  5. "Only My Friend"
  6. "Da Doo Ron Ron"
  7. "I Wonder Why"
  8. "Foolish Little Girl"
  9. "I'm Going to Dry My Eyes"
  10. "Did You Ever Go Steady"
  11. "When Summer's Through"
  12. "Love Is Like a Merry Go Round"
  • 1966: Sweet Talkin' Guy (US #149)
  1. "Sweet Talkin' Guy"
  2. "Up On the Bridge"
  3. "Nobody Knows What's Going On"
  4. "Thumbs Down"
  5. "Just a Boy"
  6. "Down Down Down"
  7. "Out of This World"
  8. "My Boyfriend's Back"
  9. "Open Your Eyes"
  10. "March"
  11. "Keep the Boy Happy"
  12. "See You in September"
  • 1970: My Secret Love
  1. "Secret Love"
  2. "You're The Love Of A Lifetime"
  3. "Soul"
  4. "I Don't Deserve A Boy Like You"
  5. "Strange Strange Feeling"
  6. "Now That You're My Baby"
  7. "The First And Last"
  8. "Remember Me Baby"
  9. "It Hurts To Be Sixteen"
  10. "Every Boy And Every Girl"


  • 1974: Everything You Always Wanted to Hear by the Chiffons but Couldn't Get
  • 1979: The Chiffons Sing the Hits of the 50's & 60's
  • 2004: Absolutely The Best!


  • 1961: "Tonight's the Night"/"Do You Know" (US #76)
  • 1963: "He's So Fine"/"Oh My Lover" (US #1, UK #16)
  • 1963: "One Fine Day"/"Why Am I So Shy" (US #5, UK #29)
  • 1963: "When the Boy's Happy (the Girl's Happy Too)" (US #95)
  • 1963: "A Love So Fine"/"Only My Friend" (US #40)
  • 1963: "I Have a Boyfriend"/"I'm Gonna Dry My Eyes" (US #36)
  • 1963: "Lucky Me"/"Why Am I So Shy?"
  • 1964: "Sailor Boy"/"When The Summer Is Through" (US #81)
  • 1964: "Easy To Love"/"Tonight I Met An Angel"
  • 1964: "What Am I Gonna Do With You (Hey Baby)"/"Strange, Strange Feeling"
  • 1965: "Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me)"/"Did You Ever Go Steady" (US #49)
  • 1965: "Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me)"/"The Real Thing"
  • 1965: "Tonight I'm Gonna Dream"/"Heavenly Place"
  • 1966: "Out of This World"/"Just A Boy" (US #67)
  • 1966: "Stop, Look and Listen"/"March" (US #85)
  • 1966: "Sweet Talkin' Guy"/"Did You Ever Go Steady" (US #10, UK #31 (#4 (1972 re-issue))
  • 1966: "My Boyfriend's Back"/"I Got Plenty Of Nuttin'"
  • 1967: "If I Knew Then"/"Keep The Boy Happy"
  • 1968: "Up on the Bridge"/"March"
  • 1968: "Just For Tonight"/"Keep The Boy Happy"
  • 1968: "Just For Tonight"/"Teach Me How"
  • 1969: "Love Me Like You're Gonna Lose Me"/"Three Dips Of Ice Cream"
  • 1970: "So Much in Love"
  • 1971: "Main Nerve"
  • 1975: "My Sweet Lord"
  • 1976: "Dream Dream Dream"

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