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This fan club has no dues, no dress code, and no requirements, except that you love 1960s girl-group music! On this page meet some of the many fans of the girl-group sound. Check back from time to time, as we're constantly adding fans.
Want to be included? Send a bio about the same length as the ones here, along with your photo, to: Include Me!
In high school we were all cool and I cruised in a red '59 Impala convertible. I love the girl groups and collecting obscure records. I'm married with three grown kids who all love music like Dad. I live in the Central Valley of California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Email: email@example.com
Currently he is a member of a popular bar band in Northern New Jersey, Four Man Trio. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and son and in his "day job" is an elementary school Mathematics teacher.
From then on it was a collecting frenzy ... older cousins gave me many of their Philles and Chiffons records. Today, 33 years after beginning my collection, I can STILL play Da Doo Ron Ron and it's like I'm hearing it for the first time!
My interests (beside scooter-riding and collecting Girl Group music) is short-story writing. Being a writer of horror/dark romance short stories, my work can now be seen via Gothic Revue magazine. My characters and situations are mainly 1960s-based, Lambretta & Vespa scooter riders. Snatches of lyrics and music of the time, usually the girl-group genre, are in various scenes to add to the atmosphere. It's my way of immortalizing those tunes.
Serving as director of Red Bird Entertainment, he has managed several notable bands in the New York area. The company's CD releases are The Delcos, a four-song EP featuring the doo-wop group of the early 1960s, and Girl Group Gems, a collection of rare girl-group songs. John's private vinyl collection totals more than 3,000 disks.
Hey, my name's Kobi and I live all the way across the sea, in Australia. I'm only 17 but I was born in the wrong era! Obsessed with everything 50s/60s since I was four, and it's not my parents' influence, because they are stuck in the 1980s! I really love the girl-group sounds, and my two best friends and I have started our own mini 60s girl group along the lines of the Chiffons, Shirelles, Marvelettes, etc. Sometimes I feel so out of place in modern society with all the crappy morals and music, and one day, if I make it as an actress, I want to be on American Dreams so I can feel like I'm living back home...in the 60s!
Tony Leong, New York: Being born the week before Someday We'll Be Together went to number 1 must be some kind of connection with my passion and interest for the 1960's girl groups. When I was eight and saw the Supremes Anthology commercial on TV, my aunt dug out the Where Did Our Love Go LP. From that day, I found all the 60's records that my family had--the Ronettes, Marvelettes, Vandellas, Royalettes, and more. Being a somewhat adventerous pre-teen, I found that some of these group members still did shows in New York City, so, I simply went to get autographs and photos. Luckily, I was the only person that age in the crowd, so the members took a shine to me, invited me into shows and even backstage.
Today, I am a manager in a retail corporation, and I still get a kick out of meeting original members of girl groups. Many of the group members that still remember me and we have a great time--only now I am seen and treated as an adult!
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Chuck became a fan a bit late. As a teen, he inherited a box of old 45s--Leader of the Pack, Chapel of Love, and many more. While he loved the Go-Gos and the burgeoning punk movement, he found the early 1960s much more fascinating. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. A full-time writer, he lives in Chicago. Email: Girl-Groups.com webrocker!
Stephen Parker, documentary filmmaker from Sullivan, New Hampshire, has spent most of this year working on a feature film with the members of the Pixies Three. Tentatively titled, The Girls From Glenwood Avenue, it showcases the group from their start as grade-school girls, the landing of their Mercury Records recording contract, touring with Dionne Warwick and the Rolling Stones, to their current creative doings.
Stephen says, "My interest in the Girl Group sound originated from the times in the early 1960's when I enjoyed listening to the Top 40 AM radio shows of dee-jays Murray The K (WINS, New York City), Joey Reynolds (WKBW, Buffalo, New York), Bruce Bradley (WBZ, Boston), and Cousin Brucie (WABC, New York City), as well as watching TV shows such as "American Bandstand," "Hullaballoo," and "Shindig." Just think, scientists have said that radio signals go out into space and never die! The sunny soundwaves created by everyone from Arlene Smith and Brenda Lee to the Chiffons and the Murmaids will be detectable forever!
Will Stos, 24, first fell in love with the girl group sound when he heard the Chiffons' He's So Fine when he was 11. Since that time, he's been an avid collector of all types of music that fall into the genre. Particular favorites include the Motown Sound, the Brill Building and Northern Soul recordings. Much of his collection is on CD because he wasn't lucky enough to be alive when the original vinyl was issued and on his meager student budget, there's no way he can afford to start hoarding it right now.
As a part of a school music project, he created the Girl Group Chronicles website, and also hosted a radio show with the same name for a year on his home town community radio station. He is currently doing graduate work in history at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marc Taylor, author of The Original Marvelettes (Aloiv Publishing, 2004), lives in Jamaica, New York. He is a financial analyst in the accounting department of Time Warner. He is also the author of A Touch of Classic Soul: Soul Singers of the Early 1970s and A Touch of Classic Soul II: Soul Singers of the Late 1970s. His lifelong desire to be a writer started in 1990 when he joined the staff of the New York Trend, after graduating from Hampton University in Virginia. He later became assistant editor of the paper and wrote a column on the classic souls artists of the 1960s. Email: email@example.com
Paul Trefzger is the songwriter of "Tears Come Tumbling" and other hits by the Teardrops. His interest in music came from his mother, who played piano and paid for Paul's lessons. Soon he tired of classical music and began studying pop and R&B music. After writing some songs for local Cincinnati bands, he met Bud Reneau at a party. Bud was the lead guitarist of group called the Matadors. After arranging financial, Paul and Bud collaborated on "To Love in Vain" for the Twi-Lighters and "Where is the Boy Tonight?" by the Charmaines.
Wanting more independence, Paul and Bud started the Saxony Records label. After releasing a few singles, Paul entered the Air National Guard in Texas. A year and half later, in 1964, Bud heard the Teardrops at a local event. Paul and Bud began working with them, and produced and wrote several songs. They were very popular in the Northeast. Later, Paul was a social worker and in 1972, moved to San Francisco and became a probation officer. In the 1990s, collectors began asking him about releasing the Teardrops songs on CD. "The Best of the Teardrops" was released. In January 2005, the "Saxony Vaults" CD will be available, and will include other bands with which Paul worked.
Hello, I am Vera. I have been a girl group fan ever since I heard the Chantels' records at my mother's house parties. I am 50 yrs old. My favorite girl group is the Marvelettes. I will always love them, but I also love the Emotions, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, First Choice, and the lesser-known groups like Honey and the Bees, the Fuzz, and lots of others. So I am down also with the girl- group sound!
The father of girl-group fandom:
In the ideal world, a choir of 1960s girl-group members would have sung a few "doo-langs" at a memorial service in his honor.
The father of the girl-group fan movement, Alan Betrock, died April 16, 2000 at Calvary Hospital in New York. According to his former wife, Marilyn Laverty, the cause was cancer.
Betrock was the author of Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound, originally published by Delilah Books in 1982. This definitive book on the girl-group movement was the first on the topic, and jelled an organized fandom of late 1950s-early 1960s girl-group music. The New York Times critic Robert Palmer praised the book, saying it was "everything a rock 'n' roll genre study should be."
A pop critic, record producer, publisher, and an influence in the pop music scene, Betrock's interest in pop music started when he was growing up in Queens. A graduate of Queens College, he began publishing JAMZ, an early fanzine. This publication became Rock Marketplace, a key publication for finding obscure recordings.
In 1976, he founded New York Rocker, a publication that boosted the popularity of the growing punk movement. Betrock was one of the first to identify the link between the punk-rock sound and the 1960s rock and garage-band sound.
Betrock also produced Blondie's first recordings, including a remake of Out in the Streets, originally sung by the Shangri-Las and written by premier girl-group songwriter, Ellie Greenwich. His label, Shake Records, introduced the Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, the dB's and more. Later he founded Shake Books, which published several titles identifying and explaining American pop culture.
Besides his girl-group book, Betrock was the author of: Hitsville: The One Hundred Greatest Rock N' Roll Magazines and The I Was a Teenage Juvenile Delinquent Rock 'N' Roll Horror Beach Party Movie Book: A Complete Guide to the Teen Exploitation Film, 1954-1969 and several other inimitable and now-hard-to-find guides to American culture of the mid-20th century. For information on how to get Betrock's books, visit: Bookfinder.com. To read some of the reviews he wrote, go to: Rock's Back Pages.
Those of us continuing the girl-groups fan movement can only hope we do justice to his life's legacy of great work.
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