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Updated Aug. 5, 2013
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The Latest News...
SUMMER OF 'LOVE'!Darlene Love has hit the headlines all summer with her book and documentary offering a treat for girl-group fans everywhere.
Twenty Feet From Stardom, a documentary about singers with well-recognized voices but who remained little-known, was released in June, opened the Miami International Film Festival and was also featured in the Sundance Film Festival.
By filmmaker Morgan Neville, the intriguing piece covers not only Love, but Merry Clayton (whose voice is heard on the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter) and Lisa Fischer, who sang with Luther Van Dross, the Rolling Stones, and Sting. Clayton has a girl-groups connection, too, as she was the first to record The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss). Betty Everett's version, however, is the one that became famous.
The highs and lows of background singing are covered in detail, and Love reveals some little-known details about her work with Phil Spector--who is now serving prison time after being convicted of second degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.
In cinemas now, check your local listings for the incredible Twenty Feet From Stardom. The soundtrack of the film is also available at: 20 Feet from Stardom - Music From The Motion Picture.
To read more about the film, here is the piece from the Miami Herald: Darlene Love on the Silver Screen.
Fans were also thrilled when Darlene Love's biography, My Name is Love was updated and released this summer.
This fascinating story of a songstress whose determination matched the strength of her voice covers the girl-group period in its entirely, with gossipy tidbits no fan will want to miss.
You'll also get to know the later Darlene Love, who heard "her" own hit on the radio years later while she was reduced to cleaning houses, and decided at that moment to get back on the stage. As those of you who've seen her on Letterman, heard her in concert, or enjoyed her recent Christmas CD, It's Christmas of Course, will know, she made it!
Amazon.com is offering her biography at a "best price" rate for readers of Girl-Groups.com! Get it now: My Name is Love.
In Case You Missed It...Recently the Wall Street Journal actually did an article about the girl groups! Well, in all honesty, it was about Jeff Barry, one of the pioneers of the sound.
In this revealing "Cultural Conversation," Barry discusses working with the late great Ellie Greenwich, co-writing "Da Doo Ron Ron," how he thought of the lyrics to "Be My Baby," and how he broke into the business.
Read it all here: The Girl Groups' Go-to Guy, Jeff Barry.
A Free Listen to Top Girl-Group Hits!Here's a site that lists the "Top 100" girl-group hits, ranked by "level of impact" by the website. Purists please note that it includes 1950s girl-group songs:
100 Greatest Girl Group Hits
'Supreme' ReleaseThe ultimate Supremes collection is a 3-disc set of containing all the hits, B-sides and many more songs, from Diana Ross and the Supremes: 50th Anniversary: Singles Collection 1961-1969.
Here's a review of the CD, which though it errantly calls the Supremes the "initial leaders" of Motown (it was actually the Marvelettes), has some interesting information. It also reviews a companion Motown CD on the Temptations.
Today's Recommended Music
Clairette Clementino!Known as the "little girl with the big voice," this California native had nine singles over four years. Here's all about her fascinating recording career that started as age 12 and revealed a strong, clear voice perfectly befitting of the girl-group sound! This special feature was written by Ken Friedman. Read all about it: The Little Girl with the Big Voice.
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For the first time visitor...
Back to the old daysRemember the early 1960s...when Coke was just a soft drink...when the only nudity you saw was a Barbie doll, between outfits...when the biggest worry was who Johnny would invite to the prom?
Girl-groups.com takes you back to those days, to the fab era of early 1960s girl groups. Most people can remember the Supremes,the Ronettes, and the Shangri-las. But there were actually hundreds of artists, both groups and solo singers, who were part of the girl-group era from 1960-1966.
Who were these singers? Who made the sound? Why was it so famous, and suddenly gone? Here you'll find an interesting history of the girl groups.
Do you remember a kooky song title? Check out our songs list.
Wanna know cool trivia or when your favorite song hit number one? You'll find it: Fun Page.
The girl-group sound is still popular, especially with the advent of CDs. You can find famous artists and one-hit wonders on girl-group CDs and in books about the era.
What's happening these days with some of these stars? The gals still look great!
Remember those beach-party movies? Not only did Annette Funicello appear, but so did the Supremes, Toys, & Lesley Gore!
Review Pages!Reviews of CDs, DVDs and books from the girl-groups era have been added and all reviews appear in alphabetical order by artist. Groups and singers include all your favorites and hundreds more you didn't know about! Take a moment to look because that obscure song you can't remember or group you don't expect to find on CD will be there! Check it out:
As requested, we have now categorized the Reviews -- groups, soloists, compilations and more.
You Want It, You Got It!By popular request, we have added a Q & A page. Read new info and see new pix here!
Q and A about the girl groups. You can email your questions, too!
In this installment, we answer your questions about what defines "the girl-group era," who is the most enduring group and songwriter, with details about characters like Phil Spector and groups like Ruby & the Romantics ("Our Day Will Come"), the Ad-Libs ("Boy From New York City"), the Orlons ("Don't Hang Up"), and the Essex ("Easier Said Than Done").
The 'Bev' Page
Bev, the Efficient 1960s Secretary is our hilarious, exclusive comic. You can also get your own 'Bev' coffee mug--for yourself, or as a gift: Exclusive to Girl-Groups.com: the Bev mug. Order one, order more! It will help support this site.
A Novel with a Girl-Group Theme: Doo-Lang Love!The novel with a girl-groups theme, Doo-Lang Love, has received rave reviews in the press and on Amazon.com.
The novel is set in the present day and is about a new girl group modeled after the 1960s style of group--only this group is made up of three drag queens!
Now Girl-Groups.com presents a full review of this funny, engaging novel that's sure to please girl-group fans everywhere: Doo-Lang Love
Now you can re-live the Sixties!This hilarious list will give you all the components you need to go back to the Sixties. Especially nice is the first item on the list, a Frankie and Annette CD!
Sixties, come back to me!
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