Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The Shirelles

February 5, 1961 The Shirelles hit number #1 on the Billboard chart with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". The Shirelles have been described as either the first African-American girl group to top the Billboard Hot 100, or the first girl group overall, with the song "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King.

Founded in 1957 for a talent show at their high school, they were signed by Florence Greenberg of Tiara Records. Their first single, "I Met Him on a Sunday", was released by Tiara and licensed by Decca Records in 1958. After a brief and unsuccessful period with Decca, they went with Greenberg to her newly formed company, Scepter Records. Working with Luther Dixon, the group rose to fame with "Tonight's the Night". After a successful period of collaboration with Dixon and promotion by Scepter, with seven top 20 hits, The Shirelles left Scepter in 1966.

The Shirelles

Background information: Also known as The Poquellos, Shirley & the Shirelles. Origin: Passaic, New Jersey, USA. Genres: R&B, rock and roll, doo-wop, pop, soul. Years active: 1957–82. Labels: Tiara Records, Decca Records, Scepter Records, Bell Records, RCA Records. Past members: Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Beverly Lee, Addie Harris McPherson. +sookie tex

Publicity photo of The Shirelles. Clockwise from left: Shirley Owens, Beverly Lee (top), Addie "Micki" Harris, and Doris Jackson. Date: 24 November 1962. Source : Billboard page 17 Author: Scepter Records-from Scepter Records' Billboard ad which has no copyright marks.

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This image however MAY NOT be in the public domain in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris) and that most commonly runs for a period of 50 to 70 years from that date. It is copyrighted in jurisdictions that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works, If your use will be outside the United States please check your local law. Text via The Shirelles From Wikipedia

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