Hey Paula
written by Ray Hildebrand
recorded by Paul and Paula
(Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson)

Hey Hey Paula I wanna marry you
Hey Hey Paula no one else will ever do
I've waited so long for school to be through
Paula I can't wait no more for you
My love My love

Hey Paul I've been waiting for you
Hey hey hey Paul I want to marry you too
If you love me true
If you love me still
Our love will always be real
My love My love

True love means planning a life for two
Being together the whole day through
True love means waiting and hoping that soon
Wishes we've made will come true
My love My love

Hey Paula I've been waiting for you
Hey hey hey Paula I want to marry you too
If you love me true
If you love me still
Our love will always be real
My love My love

True love means planning a life for two
Being together the whole day through
True love means waiting and hoping that soon
Wishes we've made will come true
My love My love



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In the fall of 1962, a radio station in Brownwood, Texas, announced a special broadcast to benefit the American Cancer Society. Volunteer performers were invited to come and donate their services in front of the mike. At nearby Howard Payne College, two students figured it would be fun to appear on the program. They were Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson.

On the show, the team sang an original tune written a few days earlier by Ray. It went over so well that it was suggested that they make a professional recording of the song. So encouraged, Ray and Jill drove to Fort Worth in November, 1962, hoping for an audition with Major Bill Smith, the owner of LeCam Records.

At the studio, the two were told that Major Bill was about to record someone else and could not see them that day. Determined to get a hearing, they decided to hang around just in case something happened. Something did.

Major Bill was waiting for singer Amos Milburn Jr., who failed to show up, and that meant he had five musicians standing around (for $5 apiece). Finally, someone said that there were a couple of kids hanging around the office that would like the Major to hear some of their songs. With nothing to lose, Ray and Jill were granted an interview right then and there.

Major Bill said, "let's hear what ya got, son" and Ray began to strum the guitar and sing "Hey Hey Paula". "Ok boy, let's stop Heyin' and start recordin'", said the Major.

When the session was over, the Major asked "What do you call yourselves"? "Jill and Ray" came the answer, and that's what was printed on the record lable.

Major Bill Smith knew he had something good and began to pitch the record to Ewart Abner, of Vee Jay Records, who turned it down in favour of another artist's tune that Smith had with him. Not one to be discouraged easily, Major Bill decided to release the record himself and pressed it on Election Day, 1962. Radio station DSJZ was the first to add it to their play list.

"Hey Paula" sold sixteen thousand records in one day and it didn't take long for Shelby Singleton of Mercury Records to call the Major, wanting to buy the master tape. "One other thing", said Singleton. "This is 'Hey Paula', by Jill and Ray...that dosen't make any sense at all. We're gonna change it to Paul and Paula". At first, Jill and Ray didn't like that idea, because everyone in Texas knew them by their real names, but they got used to it.

Mercury Records released it on their subsiduary label, Phillips. It broke nationally right after Christmas, 1962 and spent nearly three weeks in February at number one. Incredibly, it also hit number one on the R&B charts too. In all, "Hey Paula" spent fifteen weeks on the best seller list, closing in on two million copies.

Soon after, Jill and Ray got married...but not to each other. Jill married the duo's manager. The pair toured the country with Dick Clark's Caravan Of Stars, but Ray eventually grew tired of life on the road and quit. "Paul and Paula" officially broke up in 1965.

Ray found work as a song writer and record producer, but eventually left the music business. Jill continued as a solo performer in and around Texas for many years and later married an attorney from California.

Jill and Ray met up with each other again in Brownwood in the early '80s and sang together once more, at a town party.