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THE SHANGRI-LAS

"Along with the Shirelles and the Ronettes, the Shangri-Las were the greatest girl group; if judged solely on the basis of attitude, they were the greatest of them all. They combined an innocent adolescent charm with more than a hint of darkness, singing about dead bikers, teenage runaways, and doomed love affairs as well as ebullient high-school crushes. These could be delivered with either infectious, handclapping harmonies or melodramatic, almost operatic recitatives that were contrived but utterly effective. Tying it all together in the studio was Shadow Morton, a mad genius of a producer who may have been second in eccentric imagination only to Phil Spector in the mid-'60s..."

- Ritchie Unterberger, "All Music Guide" -

Read the rest of Unterberger's article here

"Shangri-Las 77" by Phil Milstein

Shangri-Las videos at Youtube.com


PHIL SPECTOR AND THE PHILLY GIRL GROUP SOUND

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Phil Spector way well have been the greatest record producer in the history of rock 'n' roll. Certainly, there are few who have even matched his vision, or the undeniable power of his signature "Wall of Sound."

Although Spector produced a lot of different artists, from Gene Pitney to Ike and Tina Turner to the Beatles, many of his definitive recordings remain those he made with girl groups such as the Crystals, the Ronettes and the Paris Sisters.

The Crystals

The Ronettes

Darlene Love

The Paris Sisters

Carol Connors (The Teddy Bears)


THE GIRLS FROM MOTOWN

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Motown produced a steady stream of great girl group records throughout the 1960's. In fact it was the Marvelettes who gave the label its first number one hit with "Please Mr. Postman" in 1961.

The two most successful female groups on the Motown roster were the Supremes (the biggest selling African-American group of the 1960's) and Martha & the Vandellas. The beautiful Mary Wells was also one of Tamla/Motown's big sellers. She was just sixteen years-old when she hit the top ten with "Bye Bye Birdie." Her signature tune, "My Guy," actually kicked the Beatles out of the number one chart position in 1964 (prompting the Fab Four to pronounce Wells their favorite American singer.)

The Supremes

The Marvelettes

Martha and the Vandellas

Mary Wells


ANNETTE FUNICELLO

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"Annette's story is somewhat of a fairy tale, for everything she touched turned to gold. Whether it was star of one of the Mouseketeers on the "Mickey Mouse Club," or play opposite Frankie Avalon as "Dee Dee" in the Beach Party movies, Annette was always singled out as everyone's favorite. "Annette was the personification of all the good things Americans wanted to believe about themselves. She was the malt shops and hayrides and kisses on the cheek. She was beach parties, bonfires, and 'Anything Can Happen Day.' And the essence of her star quality, ironically enough, was that she never seemed like a star. No matter how many television shows or movies she made, no matter how many records she sold, no matter how many times her face appeared on the cover of magazines, Annette always remained Annette."

Above quote from Spectropop's biography of Annette. Click here for the entire article.

"Tell Me Who's the Girl" (Video)

Annette sings "Pajama Party" (Video)

Annette sings "Treat Him Nicely" (Video)

"Living With MS"


LITTLE PEGGY MARCH

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"Peggy March (born Margaret Annemarie Battavio on March 8, 1948, Lansdale, Pennsylvania) is an American pop music singer. She was discovered at age thirteen singing at a wedding and was introduced to the record producer duo Hugo & Luigi. They gave her the nickname Little Peggy March because of her 4'10" height, the fact that she was thirteen, the first record she did with them was "Little Me", and her birthdate was in March.

"In April 1963, her single "I Will Follow Him" soared to number one on U.S. charts. Recorded in early January 1963 and released January 22 of that year, it made Peggy March the youngest female singer with a number one hit at age fifteen, a record that still stands to this day..."

from Wikipedia's biography of Peggy March. Read the rest of the article here.

A nervous Peggy March sings "17 hat man noch Traume" on German TV (Video)


TWINKLE

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Lynn Ripley was only 15 years-old in 1964, when a song she, osensibly, had written about a deceased friend, "Terry," hit the British Charts and became one of the classic "dead teenager songs." Predating the Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack" by at least a month, "Terry" tells a similarly melodramatic tale of heartbreak and vehicular mayhem, with the doomed Terry racing his motorbike away from his unfaithful girlfriend and into oncoming traffic.

Twinkle was, for a while, the "it-girl" of British pop - enjoying hit singles, dating Beatle George Harrison, even causing a furor when she was expelled from school when her groovy threads ran afoul of stodgey academic dress codes. By 1969, however, she had wearied of the hurly burly and quit show business at age 19. Still, she would emerge from retirement from every so often during the seventies and early eighties, eventually regaining the spotlight in 1987, when the Smiths covered her best song, "Golden Lights."

Twinkle discography and info at 45-RPM.com

MORE GREAT LADIES

Marianne Faithfull

Leslie Gore

The Shirelles

The Chantels

Nai Bonet ("The Jellybelly"

Sandy Posey

Mary Hopkin

The Dixie Cups

The Peanuts

Timi Yuro

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Girl Groups at Spectropop.com

Nordic Girl Groups at Wangdangdula.com

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