"Wedding Bell Blues" is a song written and recorded by Laura Nyro in 1966 that became a number one hit for The Fifth Dimension in 1969 and subsequently a popular phrase in American culture. The song is written from the perspective of a woman whose boyfriend has not yet proposed to her, who wonders, "am I ever gonna see my wedding day?" The song carries dual themes of adoring love and frustrated lament.
Nyro wrote "Wedding Bell Blues" at the age of 18 as in effect a "mini-suite," featuring several dramatic rhythmic changes - a trait Nyro expanded on future albums. It was to be recorded in 1966 for Verve Folkways label as part of what would become her More Than a New Discovery album. However, producer Herb Bernstein did not allow Nyro to record this version, which led to Nyro more or less disowning the entire album.
What was recorded was fairly similar in content and arrangement to the later, much more familiar Fifth Dimension version, albeit with a somewhat more soulful vocal line. It was released a s a single in September 1966 and remained on the Billboard Pop Singles "Bubbling Under" charts segment for several weeks, peaking at #103.
"Wedding Bell Blues" quickly soared to number one on the U.S. pop singles chart, spending three weeks there in late autumn 1969. It also reached the top spot on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, made one of the group's somewhat rare appearances on the U.S. R&B singles chart, was a Top Five hit in Canada, and placed in the Top 20 on the UK Singles Chart (and their only hit there save for the earlier "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In").
In 1969 television appearances, McCoo would explicitly sing parts of the song to Davis; Davis would respond with quizzical looks. (As it happens, they would indeed marry in 1969, and the two remain married as of 2008.) The rest of The Fifth Dimension's early hits featured more unison singing than this, and McCoo's prominent vocal and stage role on "Wedding Bell Blues" may have led to her being more featured in the group's early 1970s productions.
Lesley Gore recorded her own version of the song for Mercury Records; this version was released in September 1969, and failed to chart, overwhelmed by the attention given to The Fifth Dimension's recording.