Bronx schoolmates Judy Craig, Barbara Lee Jones, Patricia Bennett and Sylvia Patterson first appeared on the charts in 1960 on the tiny Big Deal label when Tonight's The Night, although losing out to The Shirelles' version (# 14 R&B/# 39 Billboard Pop Hot 100), still made the charts at # 76 Hot 100 in September. Neither that, nor the flipside, Do You Know, is included here.
After recording several sides for the Lauirie subsidiary Rust as The Four Pennies - which were not released at the time - they re-emerged as The Chiffons on the much parent Laurie and sent He's So Fine streaking to # 1 Hot 100 AND R&B in the spring of 1963, staying at the top positions for four weeks, b/w Oh My Love. A few months later, One Fine Day topped out at # 5 Hot 100/# 6 R&B b/w Oh My Love. Their sudden success led to the release of My Block by The Four Pennies on Rust in the same time period and, with few tipping to the fact it was the same group it only made it to # 67 Hot 100 in June/July.
By the time of their third Laurie hit later in 1963, Billboard had suspended the R&B charts (something that would last throughout all of 1964 as well), with A Love So Fine finishing up at # 40 Hot 100 b/w Only My Friend in early fall 1963. A short time later, another Four Pennies disc was released on Rust with When The Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too) staggering to a # 95 Hot 100 in November b/w Hockaday Part 1. That was around the same time as the Laurie release, I Have A Boyfriend, was rising to # 36 Hot 100 b/w I'm Gonna Dry My Eyes. That is the only B-side included in this volume.
With the British Invasion in full attack mode, only one hit emerged in each of 1964 (Sailor Boy - # 81 Hot 100/R&B in August 1964), and 1965 - Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me) - # 49 Hot 100 in early summer. By then the R&B charts had been restored, but they failed to crack the Top 100. And while the flipside of the 1964 hit, When Summer's Through, is missing from this set, they do include the two songs that appeared as the B-side on alternate pressings of the 1965 hit - The Real Thing and Did You Ever Go Steady?
That last also appeared as the b-side of their first 1966 charter, Sweet Talkin' Guy, which reached # 10 Hot 100 but, for some reason known only to the audiences, DJ's and record-buying public, it again failed to make the R&B charts. As did their final two hits, as Out Of This World only reached # 67 Hot 100 in August 1966 (the B-side, Just A Boy, is omitted), while Stop, Look And Listen b/w March topped out at # 85 Hot 100 in October.
After the hits dried up the girls continued to perform for a time at concerts, especially in the New York area. Sadly, on May 15, 1992 Jones died of a heart attack at age 48, just one day before her birthday. Other changes in personnel followed as some of the originals eventually retired, and apparently there is still a Chiffons group doing the circuit.
Since superseded by the Ace Of London volume.