(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet

"(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet"
(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet - The Reflections.jpg
Single by The Reflections
from the album (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet
B-side"Can't You Tell By the Look in My Eyes"
ReleasedFebruary 1964[1]
Recorded1963
StudioUnited Sound Systems, Detroit (instrumental track)
RCA Studios, Chicago (vocal track)
GenrePop, doo-wop
LabelGolden World Records
Songwriter(s)Bob Hamilton,
Freddie Gorman
Producer(s)Rob Reeco
The Reflections singles chronology
"You Said Goodbye"
(1963)
"(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet"
(1964)
"Like Columbus Did"
(1964)

"(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" is a 1964 hit single by the Reflections, their recording of a composition by Bob Hamilton and Freddie Gorman.

Background[]

Ed Wingate, owner of the newly formed Detroit-based Golden World Records, had signed the Reflections on the basis of the group's regional success with the single "You Said Goodbye" on the local Kay-Ko label. Songwriter Freddie Gorman, who had been recruited by Golden World from Motown, would recall that he considered his recent composition "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" as "tailor made" for the doo-wop-styled Reflections "because it had a pop feel, as opposed to the R&B thing they were doing." However Reflections' lead singer Tony Micale recalls that none of the group responded positively to the song when Gorman first sang it for them: "It just didn't sound like much with [Gorman] just playing a little piano backup".[2]

The Reflections recorded the vocal for the track several weeks later at the RCA recording studio in Chicago. According to Micale, the group's members still regarded the song as somewhat of a joke. While running through the song prior to the recording session they ad-libbed a falsetto "doo-doo-doot" hook line as irreverent mimicry of Gorman's vocal style when he'd pitched them the song. The group was surprised when Gorman added that line to the song's vocal arrangement.[3] The instrumental track for "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" had been recorded at United Sound Systems in Detroit. Micale would recall that when the group's members first heard that instrumental track through the [RCA] studio monitors "we were just blown away... Some of the Motown [session musicians] were playing on it, and the sound was just amazing. Besides our vocals, the only thing added at that point were [the] 'doo-doo-doot's that we had come up with, and hand claps".[2]

Chart history[]

First aired on CKLW in Windsor ON in February 1964, the single topped the hit parade of CKLW, as well as those of Detroit radio stations WJBK and WKNR in March 1964. "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" made its national chart debut on the Billboard Hot 100 dated April 11, 1964, ranked at #86 and rose to a Hot 100 peak of #6 on the chart dated May 30, 1964. In New Zealand, the song reached #5.[4]

Cover versions[]

Mental As Anything's version[]

(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" was recorded by Australian band Mental As Anything, released in 1980 and it reached #27 on the Kent Music Report.[13]

"(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet"
Single by Mental As Anything
B-side"Go Down"
ReleasedNovember 1980 [14]
GenrePop, Rock
Length2:12
LabelRegular Records
Songwriter(s)Bob Hamilton,
Freddie Gorman
Producer(s)Cameron Allan
Mental As Anything singles chronology
"Come Around"
(1980)
"(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet"
(1980)
"If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?"
(1981)

Track listing[]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet"Bob Hamilton, Freddie Gorman2:12
2."Go Down"Martin Plaza2:44

Personnel[]

Chart performance[]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report[15] 18

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ "The Reflections [Detroit] - (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet" – via www.45cat.com.
  2. ^ a b Carson, David A. (2005). Grit, Noise, & Revolution: the birth of Detroit rock n' roll (1st paperback ed.). Ann Arbor MI: University of Michigan Press. pp. 53–54. ISBN 978-0-472-03190-0.
  3. ^ This Song Started Out As A Joke « 94.5 KOOL FM
  4. ^ "flavour of new zealand - Lever hit parades". www.flavourofnz.co.nz.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1964-06-22. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  6. ^ "CHUM Hit Parade". CHUM Tribute. 1964-06-15. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  7. ^ [ Flavour of New Zealand, http://www.flavourofnz.co.nz/index.php?qpageID=search%20lever&qartistid=467#n_view_location NZ Lever Hit Parade, 9 July 1964]
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  10. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1964". Archived from the original on June 1, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 754.
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 219.
  13. ^ Australian Music Database - Mental As Anything - (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet
  14. ^ 45cat - Mental As Anything - (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet
  15. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.