Girl groups

Angels, The

The Angels formed in 1961 when sisters Barbara (Bibs) and Phyllis (Jiggs) Allbut joined with lead singer Linda Jansen and recorded their first hit on Caprice Records,' Til. This was followed by Cry Baby Cry in 1962 and the album And the Angels Sing. Linda Jansen left after a year with Kerri Downs filling in at live shows(...)

Blossoms, The

When The Blossoms first formed in 1963 it was as a vocal backing group for other artists recording for Phil Spector. The first stars to invite The Blossoms to go on the road were The Righteous Brothers in 1966. Darlene Love (born Darlene Wright) left the group in 1972 and sang backup for Dionne Warwick(...)

Breakaways, The

Vikki Haseman Vocals  Margot Quantrell Vocals  Betty Prescott Vocals  Jean Ryder Vocals

Chiffons, The

Doo-lang doo-lang!  Four black teenagers from the Bronx, New York, took He's So Fine to #1 early in 1963. Their sound was a haunting mixture of mid-50s vocalising and the approaching Motown sound. One Fine Day (June 1963) and Sweet Talkin' Guy (1966) won them more honours, but they did not make it beyond 1966, by which time the girl group era was long(...)

Chordettes, The

The Chordettes, label-mates of The Everly Brothers, were one of the most successful of the many US Girl Groups of the 1950s, scoring seven US Top 40 hits before 1960. Before The Chordettes, female groups generally sang in barbershop-style harmony, but The Chordettes were closer to jazzy male groups like The Ink Spots. Their first and biggest hit(...)

Cookies, The

Like their New Jersey pals The Shirelles, The Cookies (from Coney Island) piqued The Beatles' interest. When the Fab Four covered their 1962 single Chains, it assured these three girls with their quixotic harmonies would become a footnote in musical history, if nothing else. Led by Dorothy Jones, they had sung sessions with Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker, recorded for Lamp(...)

Crystals, The

Five black schoolgirls from Brooklyn, New York were chosen by Phil Spector to launch the Philles label he had formed with Lester Sills in late 1961. Spector was also a New Yorker, whose family moved to Los Angeles in 1953, and he became the group' mentor and produced all their singles. Their debut - There's No Other - went(...)

Dixie Cups, The

The Dixie Cups were three girls from New Orleans - sisters Rosa Lee and Barbara Ann Hawkins, and their cousin, Joan Marie Johnson. The girls provided Red Bird records (arguably the Girl Group label) with its first record release and its first hit. The song was Chapel Of Love (1964) and it went to #1. Originally included on Presenting The(...)

Flirtations, The

Girl group The Gypsies migrated from the USA to England in 1967, changed their name to The Flirtations and got most things right: a stream of fine singles, ample airplay, primetime TV appearances, and hits in mainland Europe. The one thing they couldn't manage was a UK chart hit - but it wasn't for lack(...)

Honeys, The

This surf music girl-group trio included Brian Wilson's wife-to-be Marilyn, her sister Diane Rovell, and their cousin Ginger Blake. None of their three 1963 released singles charted - neither did their version of the Patience and Prudence hit Tonight You Belong To Me, released six years later. In 1973, Marilyn and Diane (without Ginger) called themselves(...)

Leiber and Stoller

Jerry (born Jerome) Leiber and Mike Stoller have written some of the most spirited and enduring rock and roll songs: Hound Dog (originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton in 1953 and covered by Elvis Presley three years later), Love Potion No. 9 (The Clovers), Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison), On Broadway (The Drifters), Ruby Baby (Dion) and Stand By Me (Ben E. King). Their vast catalogue includes virtually every major(...)

Marvelettes, The

Hailing from the low-income Detroit suburb of Inkster, the 17-year-old girls who came together as The Marvelettes (originally The Casinyets - a corruption of The Can't Sing Yets) were introduced to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy in 1961 after winning a high school talent contest. Their debut single, Please Mr Postman, gave Motown its first #1 hit in(...)

Phil Spector

There are only a handful of people from the 1960s who can truly be said to have had a major and lasting effect on the record business; Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, Berry Gordy and Aretha Franklin all immediately come to mind. But to their ranks should be added Phil Spector, whose production skills not only created(...)

Reparata & The Delrons

Italian-American girl-group The Delrons formed in 1963 at St Brendon's High School in Brooklyn, New York. Their first single, Your Big Mistake (1964), was a flop, so the producer decided a catchier name was needed for the group. Lead singer Mary Aiese chose 'Reparata' after the nun who had presided at her confirmation. The change did the trick,(...)

Ronettes, The

Girl groups came to the forefront of popular music in the early 60s, and none more so than The Ronettes, a trio of New York Puerto Ricans led by Veronica (Ronnie) Bennett, who had been performing at the Peppermint Lounge in New York (where The Twist craze started) and working as backing singers. The trio - sisters(...)

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