Girl Groups 1960s
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Girl Groups of the 1960s

Sept. 7, 2015

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For the returning fan...

Do you know the answers? These fans want to know!

From time to time we get inquiries about girl groups we know nothing about, and even Googling will not help! Donna Price of California asks, "What were the names of the members of Tammy and the Carolinas? Has anyone heard of them and know who they were?"

We know only of one single, "You Took Me for Granted," backed with, "I Don't Wanna Play in Your Yard," which appeared on Larson Records in 1961. The song was written by Glen Larson, who was a member of the Four Preps singing group.

They backed up Ricky Nelson, but in his spare time, he wrote TV scripts. That proved to be his claim to fame, as he became well-known for creating many popular TV series, including "Battlestar Galactica," "Quincy," and "Magnum P.I."

Austin Case would like to know more about "Gigi Parker" of "Gigi Parker and the Lonelies."

They had an obscure single in 1964 entitled "Beatles Please Come Back to Me," which has since been released in a CD compilation on Beatle novelty records. After that single, Gigi Parker released a solo song, "Lonely Girl Blue," backed by the Four Seasons.

Who was Gigi Parker? Where was she from? Were the Lonelies an actual band, or a studio backup group? We know they worked with Bob Crewe.

If you know anything about either of these groups, please email me at Webrocker!

Oldies, oldies, oldies!

If you like girl-groups music of the 1960s, there are likely other oldies you like too!

Why not listen to Johnny Galindo's Vinyl Treasures? This fantastic show has an array of great oldies, including rare girl-group music. Listen now!. Or tune in every Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. Central Time/10:00 p.m. Eastern for Top Shelf Oldies for the newest show. You will love it!

Here's a Road Story You Never Heard!

Did you know the Pixies Three toured with the Rolling Stones? Yes, the soft, lifting sounds of the Pixies trio were actually paired on tour with the hard-rocking Stones. Here are some memories of that tour from the group members themselves...

We worked with the Rolling Stones on their first American tour in summer 1964. It was one of those multi-act shows with The Dave Clark Five there, too. Not sure if there were other bands, but there may have been.

The Dave Clark Five was a hit with the audience. Of course, they were dressed in matching outfits and were well-groomed. But the Stones were not well-received by audiences and were panned by the media. Their look was new and strange to the audience, we'd guess, and their music was a harder rock than Americans were used to.

We hung out with the Dave Clark Five, since they were our ages, and cute and fun to be with. The Stones kept to themselves, usually behind closed doors. You can imagine, given the times and the fact that they were older, that their offstage persona was as foreign to us as their onstage performance.

Actually, it was the only group we ever worked with that ignored us. Maybe they were embarrassed about their reviews. They were fairly successful in the UK at that time and were surprised not to receive the kind of welcome that the Dave Clark Five got.

Of course, we all know this was short-lived, as the Stones returned to the U.S. in the fall of 1964 and were treated like gods by the media and the public. They were just ahead of their time for their look. And their sound became de rigueur for rock bands after them. At that time, none of us would have ever guessed they could become rock icons, popular even 40 years later!

Aretha: A Diva Sings Diva-Worthy Classics

Recently released is Aretha Franklin's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. No surprise the diva would sing within her own genre, but make no mistake, these are other diva's songs. Well, she throws in at least one of her own.

Aretha lends her inimitable buttery-rich gusty voice to remakes like:

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
At Last - Etta James
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Survivor - Destiny's Child
No One - Alicia Keys
You Keep Me Hanging' On - Supremes
I'm Every Woman -- Chaka Khan (which turns into a medley with "Respect")
People - Barbra Streisand
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor

While "People" is clearly stretching it (and a bit much for Aretha to handle), "Nothing Compares 2 U" was a complete mistake. The New York Times agreed. You'll want to listen for yourself and see what you think of Aretha's redos.

The Bio

The description of Aretha's life story sounds like the beginning of a juicy novel: Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice.

But make no mistake, it's not fiction.

A recent New York Times story tells the fascinating tale of how David Ritz, author of an earlier Aretha biography, re-tooled the material with total honesty and new information to make the new-and-improved saucy biography of Aretha released in October, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin (Little Brown Co., $30, 520 pages).

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For the first time visitor...

Back to the old days


Remember 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? 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.

Early Lesley Gore 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.


Fun Page

Wanna know cool trivia or when your favorite song hit number one? You'll find it: Fun Page.

Girl Group GemsThe 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.

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").


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.

Bette Midler: It's the Girls

Bette Midler, long a girl-groups fan, released her first studio album in eight years--a tribute to the female vocal harmony that inspired her as a young girl.

Titled It's the Girls, this juicy array features not only classic 1960s girl-group hits, but also female-group songs from other eras, such as "It's the Girls" (1931) from the Boswell Sisters and TLC's 1995 hit, "Waterfalls."

But make no mistake about it: 1960s girl groups are front and center, with remakes of songs by the Supremes, the Shangri-Las, the Ronettes, the Shirelles, the Chiffons, the Exciters, the Marvelettes, Darlene Love (who sings her song on the album with Midler), and more.

Midler told Billboard magazine, "I have loved the sound of females harmonizing since I was a kid; I always sang along. Didn't we all?" While many of her renditions have the classic sound of the songs, she successfully experimented. The previously-upbeat tune, "Come and Get These Memories," was rendered as a slow, sad ballad with inimitable Midler tenderness. "You Can't Hurry Love" is even further in left field, as a country song!

The complete track list and the original artists:

Be My Baby - the Ronettes
One Fine Day - the Chiffons
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon - the Andrews Sisters
Baby It's You - the Shirelles
Tell Him - the Exciters
He's Sure the Boy I Love (duet with Darlene Love) - Darlene Love (credited to the Crystals on the original record)
Mr. Sandman - the Chordettes
Come and Get These Memories - Martha & the Vandellas
Too Many Fish in the Sea - the Marvelettes
Teach Me Tonight - the DeCastro Sisters
Waterfalls - TLC
You Can't Hurry Love - the Supremes
Give Him a Great Big Kiss - the Shangri-las
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - the Shirelles
It's the Girls - the Boswell Sisters

Go here: Bette Midler: It's the Girls to get special pricing for fans. The album is available in CD, vinyl and mp3.

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