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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...

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...

Supremes, The

In 1961 three teenage girls, Florence Ballard, Diane Ross (not until later would she be known as Diana) and Mary Wilson, began a journey...

Shirelles, The

Had Shirley Owens and Beverly Lee not become bored while babysitting, The Shirelles may never have existed. Forming as high school classmates in Passaic, New...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Chantels, The

Five New York school friends led by 15-year-old Arlene Smith made the Top 20 in 1958 with Maybe, produced by disc jockey Alan Freed...

Toys, The

The Toys are a great example of one facet of the 60s music scene - the quick rise to fame and the equally rapid...

Girl Groups

The story of the 'girl group' sound, which reached its commercial and artistic peak in the early and mid-60s, is not just the story...

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...

Breakaways, The

Formed in 1962, female vocal trio The Breakaways became Britain's premiere session vocalists throughout the 1960s, also recording a handful of little-known girl group singles. The original...

Angels, The

Sisters Barbara (Bibs) and Phyllis (Jiggs) Allbut started out singing with a group called The Starlets in New Jersey alongside Bernadette Carroll and Linda...

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...

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This Life

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Day of the Dead (1985)

The last film in George A Romero's classic original zombie trilogy, Day of the Dead was generally considered to be the weakest of the...

Bad Ronald (1974)

The 1974 made-for-tv movie is a psychological thriller about a teenage murderer hidden inside the walls of a Victorian home in Oakland, California. When Ronald Wilby,...

Drugs in the 1980s

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Boob Tube

It was hard not to stare at the girls prancing around in their spray-can fit designer jeans or satin pants, and that amazing piece...

Tropical Heat/Sweating Bullets

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 3 (Canada) This Canadian-produced detective drama featured Nick Slaughter (Rob Stewart) as a former Miami-based DEA agent with...

World Party

World Party was basically a one-man project from singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Karl Wallinger. Formerly of the popular British band The Waterboys, Wallinger's albums were always fascinating,...