Hanky Panky (The Raindrops song)

Hanky Panky (The Raindrops Song)

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Hanky Panky (The Raindrops song)

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"Hanky Panky" is a song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich for their group, The Raindrops. It was famously remade by rock group Tommy James and the Shondells, who took it to No. 1 in the United States in 1966.

Song structure and meaning

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Composition and history

Barry and Greenwich authored the song in 1963. They were in the middle of a recording session for their group The Raindrops, and realized they needed a B-side to a single, "That Boy John." The duo then went into the hall and penned the song in 20 minutes. Barry and Greenwich weren't particularly pleased with the song, and deemed it inferior to the rest of their work. "I was surprised when was released," Barry commented to Billboard's Fred Bronson, "As far as I was concerned it was a terrible song. In my mind it wasn't written to be a song, just a B-side.Hanky Panky Summits (earliest version) 1963Harmon 1017/Rust 5072 Raindrops (11-63), Tommy James & Shondells (2-64)

Although only a B-side, "Hanky Panky" became popular with garage rock bands. James heard it being performed by one such group in a club in South Bend, Indiana. "I really only remembered a few lines from the song, so when we went to record it, I had to make up the rest of the song," he told Bronson, "I just pieced it back together from what I...
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