Uptown (The Crystals song)
"Uptown" is a 1962 single by the Crystals.
|Single by The Crystals|
|from the album Twist Uptown|
|B-side||"What a Nice Way to Turn Seventeen"|
|Songwriter(s)||Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil|
|The Crystals singles chronology|
In 1961, the Crystals recorded "There's No Other (Like My Baby)" with producer Phil Spector. When the Crystals went to record "Uptown" the following year, the group had not received payment from Spector for "There's No Other". After recording "Uptown", the Crystals were not paid by Spector, which led the group to fire their manager Benny Wells and hire the new manager, Daniel Turner.
Before the Crystals recorded "Uptown", La La Brooks replaced Myrna Girrard after Girrard became pregnant. During a retake of "Uptown", Spector brought in Eva Boyd after songwriters Cynthia Well and Barry Mann convinced him to redo the vocals. Boyd got angry with Spector after having to re-record her vocals for "Uptown" multiple times, which lead to Spector to release the original version with the Crystals.
"Uptown" was originally written for Tony Orlando, but Spector convinced songwriters Cynthia Well and Barry Mann to give him the song. After acquisition, Spector changed some of the notes to ones that Barbara Alston of the Crystals could sing and modified the lyrics to be about an African American instead of a Latin American. The lyrics in "Uptown" about living in the slums created a "sophisticated and socially conscious" song that laid the framework for later rock and roll songs.
Billboard magazine said that with the flip side "What a Nice Way to Turn Seventeen", both songs had "appeal for both pop and r&b buyers".
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