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For the returning fan...
Best of the Girl Groups: Volume 1
The great songs you love: Leader of the
Pack, Chapel of Love, He's So Fine,
One Fine Day, Will You Love Me Tomorrow,
The Boy From New York City,
The Shoop Shoop Song, and more!
Darlene Love Final 'Letterman' Performance SoarsDarlene Love, formerly of the Blossoms and the voice behind many of the greatest 1960s girl-group hits, performed "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman for the last time on Dec. 19.
An institution for nearly 30 years, the annual performance by Love of this song has always fallen on the last live broadcast of the show prior to Christmas and has been called by Letterman many times, "My favorite part of Christmas."
Love belted out the song in a fully satisfying way, accompanied by the largest orchestra and background singing group she has had for any previous Christmas appearance. She even ended up stepping on top of the piano to send to its soaring finish.
Darlene Love's final Letterman performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
Love dispelled a rumor on her appearance. Talking with Letterman, she explained that she did not say she would "never perform the song again." She agreed to not perform it on TV again as a tribute to Letterman.
When she was invited to sing it the first time in 1986, she was pulling her career out of the doldrums. She was such a hit that the invite was repeated annually and has become a major TV tradition. It helped re-launch her singing career and now Love performs internationally to wide acclaim. Steven VanZandt has called her "the greatest singer alive."
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" appeared on the now-iconic 1963 album, "A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector." The song, credited to Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, has long been rumored to have been written solely by Greenwich and Barry, as were apparently many of their tri-authored songs.
This appearance by Love generated far more press than any previous appearance: The Huffington Post called it "Darlene Love's Christmas gift to you." Rolling Stone said Love was "still sounding as vibrant as she did in 1986." Vanity Fair published this fascinating oral history of the Letterman appearances.
Love has been riding the wave of stellar times, with a 2014 appearance at the Oscars, where she sang her acceptance speech for "20 Feet from Stardom." She has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and tours nationally. Her website is DarleneLoveWorld.com
Here are numerous appearances of Love on past Letterman Christmas shows: Darlene Love Performs "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" Over the Years.
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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.
Aretha: A Diva Sings Diva-Worthy ClassicsRecently 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 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).
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").
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!
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
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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