Christopher Goodnight sent #ASKROB this musical throwback Q to A: Who put the bop in the bop shue bop she bop?
After intense research, I not only have the answer to the first part of this answer to the Platter’s question, but the whole damn refrain.
Because America was so uptight when this song was written, the Platter’s had to speak in code. Bop, is secret code for fuck. So the bop in this instance was Mildred Cumstein, the woman hired by the record company to teach the Platters basic math, and sexy time.
Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp. Bomp was also code for fucking. This verse was written for Nancy Vance, who serviced all of the Platter’s at once after an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.
After that mystical night, the Platters wrote a song for Nancy entitled, “Retract that snaggle tooth woman.” But the record company simply didn’t find the piece catchy since the only thing that rhymes with snaggle is fraggle. It would be another 30 years before anthropologists would unearth Fraggle Rock.
As for who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong, that would be Maude Cerpochick. Ram in this instance is a double entendre. Not only was it once again a mask for sexy time, but the group literally thought Maude was a literal ram that had lost its horns in battle.
It’s understandable as Maude also had an iron deficiency and would often suckle cans until vitamin replacements became vogue.
Finally, who put the dip in the dip da dip da dip was an homage to the group’s first love of mouth cancer, and their second love, men in uniform.