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A Teenager in Love

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"A Teenager in Love" is a song written by Doc Pomus and partner Mort Shuman It was originally recorded by Dion and the Belmonts, and was released in March 1959. The song reached #5 on the Billboard pop charts. In May 1959, the three different versions of song held positions in the British Top 20, the other two versions being by Marty Wilde and Craig Douglas.[1] The song is considered one of the greatest in rock and roll history.[2]

"A Teenager in Love"
Single by Dion and the Belmonts
B-side"I've Cried Before"
ReleasedMarch 30, 1959
GenreDoo-wop
Length2:40
LabelLaurie
Songwriter(s)Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
Dion and the Belmonts singles chronology
"Don't Pity Me"
(1958)
"A Teenager in Love"
(1959)
"Every Little Thing I Do"
(1959)

Later usesEdit

The song was covered in 1965 both by Bob Marley and the Wailers and by Lou Christie. It was also covered by Simon & Garfunkel in 1970 in their final show as a recording duo at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, New York City.

This song was covered several other times, for example by the Fleetwoods, by Helen Shapiro in 1963, by Connie Stevens, by Sha Na Na in 1969, by the Mutations on The Muppet Show in 1976, by Less Than Jake on their 2002 album, Goodbye Blue & White, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2002 as a B-side to the single By The Way and on their 2012 release, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP, by the Overtones on their 2013 album Saturday Night at the Movies, and by the Regrettes on their 2018 EP Attention Seeker.

It is also featured as a playable song in the Nintendo Wii game Rayman Raving Rabbids 2.

The Fugs parodied the song as "Septuagenarian in Love" on The Fugs Final CD Part 1. This version turns the teenager into a senior citizen who is having trouble getting an erection. The Four Preps parodied the song in "More Money for You and Me."

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Biography of Doc Pomus". Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2008.
  2. ^ "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Doc Pomus". Archived from the original on March 10, 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2008.

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