THE SHIRELLES CHRISTMAS SONG “MAMA, MY SOLDIER BOY’S COMING HOME”

December 19, 2009

“Back in 1966 I was working as a staff writer and producer for Scepter Records. Florence Greenberg who owned the company decided to re-release “SOLDIER BOY” by the Shirelles which had been number one a few years earlier, and asked me to write and produce a new b-side for it.

She also suggested that to save time and money I should write the new song over the old Shirelles track, “A THING OF THE PAST, which she owned and was in the girls key. It was during the Vietnam War and I decided to write a song about a soldier returning from the front at Christmas. It’s called “MAMA, MY SOLDIER BOY IS COMIN” HOME”

As far as I was concerned there were no b-sides and even though I only had three hours to write and record the song with Shirelles I was determined not to make it a throwaway. I flirted with Shirley while she was on mike until she gave me the playful performance I was looking for.

We recorded just one verse at a time and while she was singing one, I was writing the next. At the end of the session, everything was finished and was released the next day!”


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3 Responses to “THE SHIRELLES CHRISTMAS SONG “MAMA, MY SOLDIER BOY’S COMING HOME””

  1. Jock Bethune Says:

    Love it, Artie! Great lyrics! Appreciate your sharing how it was written!!!

  2. Ed Salamon Says:

    In October my wife and I went on the annual Malt Shop Memories cruise. Shirley was one of the acts on the boat. She is still a great performer. You are a lucky man to have worked with the best, and we appreciate your stories.

  3. Lenny Says:

    Another great Shirelles song, another one of many! One of my seasonal faves!


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