Before all that murder business, Phil Spector was a hit maker, and in the early 60s he put together Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans, a vocal supergroup of sorts, comprised of Darlene Love, who you know from that Christmas song, Fanita James of the Blossoms, and Bobby Sheen of the Robins. The group released one record in 1963, Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah, which is pretty readily available on vinyl as a 2012 Sundazed re-release.
This record might not be what you expect from the girl group/wall of sound guy. It’s more subtle, the production is more relaxed, and the music has a lazy, hazy feel to it. Yes, there are still handclaps. There are still harmonies. But the addition of Sheen to the vocals gives the whole record a smooth, soulful feel, taking the songs a step beyond bright and cheery, despite the impression the album art might give you.
It’s a really good record to have on hand. Relaxing and sweet, upbeat and warming, the songs feel genuine, heartfelt, and true. Pick up a copy if you can.