Whenever you’re feeling blue and missing your partner, there is just one way to soothe your longing. Turn on the radio or open your music gallery, and listen to love songs to make you feel good. Be it sad or happy love songs, it doesn’t matter. I assure you, it will definitely brighten up your day.
Nowadays, there are a lot of love songs of some sort. From country music to pop, classic love songs are still incomparable to these. Songs in the ’50s and ’60s were well-written and thought of. They were excellently and brilliantly conceived to cater to every listener’s emotion. Well, if you’re looking for a good song back in those days, here is a true classic hit that will make you reminisce your lovely childhood.
“Hey Paula:” Paul & Paula’s 1963 No. 1 Smash
Released in 1962, “Hey Paula” is an American standard love song recorded and popularized by the duo Paul & Paula. On February 9, 1963, the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also, it charted at No. 1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.
The names “Paul” and “Paula” were just pseudonyms. Paul, who was the songwriter, is Ray Hildebrand. He was a student at Texas’ Howard Payne University during that time. On the other hand, Paula is Jill Jackson, the niece of the owner of the boarding house where Ray lived.
“Hey Paula” was the duo’s first single together. As Hildebrand wrote it, he originally called it “Paul and Paula,” taking inspiration from the Annette Funicello hit “Tall Paul.”
The duo then took the song and performed it on a local radio station. Soon, it became popular enough that it made them record more and more songs.
Major Bill Smith, their producer, released their song and renamed it to “Hey Paula,” credited to “Jill & Ray.” The outcome was a success and attracted a larger recording company, Philips Records. They then changed their names to Paul & Paula, now credited to the song.
Check out the original recording of Paul & Paula of “Hey Paula” below:
The Remake 50 Years Later
On April 28, 2012, Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson Landon, who made the hit “Hey Paula” while students at Howard Payne College 50 years ago, returned to the university and sang once again their signature love song.
Reminiscing back, Hildebrand still could not believe that it has been 50 years since they sang the song for the first time.
When asked about what pushed him to make such a classic hit, he answered:
“Anytime God gives you a direct shot, and that’s what it was, a direct shot, it’s just a blessing. Why us? I don’t know.”
In their visit at the university, they sang songs and reminisced about their college years. Of course, they did not miss to perform their forever love hit that made them international stars, “Hey Paula.”
Here is their remake of the song after 50 years: