The Shirelles were an American girl group notable for their rhythm and blues, doo-wop and The Shirelles - Mama Said / Teasin Me music and gaining popularity in the early s. Founded in for a talent show at their high school, they were signed by Florence Greenberg of Tiara Records. After a brief and unsuccessful period with Decca, they went with Greenberg to her newly formed company, Scepter Records. Working with Luther Dixonthe 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 Afterwards, they were unable to maintain their previous popularity. The Shirelles have been described as having a "naive schoolgirl sound" that contrasted with the sexual themes of many of their songs.
They have been credited with launching the girl group genre, with much of their music reflecting the genre's essence. Their acceptance by both white and black audiences, predating that of the Motown acts, has been noted as reflecting the early success of the Civil Rights Movement.
The group that later became the Shirelles .wa Jamiil - روح - The Reverence of Unremarkable Rites (File, Album) formed in by four teenage girls from PassaicNew Jersey under the name the Poquellos  or Pequellos .
After hearing them sing "I Met Him on a Sunday", a song they had written for the show, their classmate Mary Jane Greenberg convinced the reluctant Poquellos to meet with her mother, Florencethe owner of Tiara Records. By the end of the year they had changed their name to the Shirelles,  a combination of the first syllable of Owens' given name and -el, reminiscent of then-popular group the Chantels after briefly using the name the Honeytunes.
That year, they released their first song, "I Met Him on a Sunday"; after local success, it was licensed to Decca Records for national broadcast and charted at The Shirelles - Mama Said / Teasin Me The song was influenced by doo-wopbut infused with pop melodies.
Dixon accepted. Their first single Mile Long Train - Jimmy Dean - Everybodys Favorite with Dixon, " Tonight's the Night ", was released in and peaked at The success of "Tonight's the Night" led to the girls being booked to perform with several major artists,  such as Etta James and Little Richard and facilitated Scepter's move to a larger office.
It was followed by " Will You Love Me Tomorrow ", written by husband-wife songwriting team Gerry Goffin and Carole King ;  the song went on to become the first Billboard number-one hit by an African-American girl group,  possibly the first by any girl group. In Dixon left Scepter, which presaged a tailing-off of the number of the Shirelles' singles to chart. However, they carried on performing and recording. Scepter met this with a countersuit for quitting; both suits were withdrawn inafter an agreement was Halloween 2001 - Ce Que Mangent Les Neurones - Live 31/10/01. In a interview with Bruce Pollock, Owens said that Greenberg had put on a "mother routine", which the girls had "fall[en] for The Shirelles were still bound to Scepter and thus unable to record for another company until the end of their contract  in After the commercial failure of their most recent releases, Coley left the group in to attend to her family.
Afterwards, they toured singing their older songs, and participated in the filming of the documentary Let the Good Times Roll recording two songs for it. Today, the original members tour in different, separate, groups,  although the trademark to the Shirelles name was eventually acquired by Lee. Lee currently tours with new members, billed as "The Shirelles". Doris Coley died in SacramentoCaliforniaon February 4,of breast cancer. Wadhams, Nathan, and Lindsay describe the style of The Shirelles - Mama Said / Teasin Me Shirelles early work as "tight, almost doo-wop harmony".
Turner as being "wonderfully expressive", were capable of sounding "almost, but not quite" out of tune, which in his opinion led to Owens' sounding innocent in her songs;  music critic Albin Zak describes her vocals as being able to intone desire and vulnerability.
The songs were implicitly directed at female listeners, with the male subjects of songs being referred to as "he" instead of "you";  this was a change from previous female-written songs, which tended to be more gender neutral, and helped pave the way for the "confessional" songs of 70s singers like Joni Mitchell The Shirelles - Mama Said / Teasin Me Carole King.
Steve Huey of AllMusic notes that the Shirelles defined "the so-called girl group sound with their soft, sweet harmonies and yearning innocence", with their songs predating Motown in their widespread crossing of racial demographics, both in the US and in Britain.
He also notes that they spawned "legions of imitators", and The Shirelles - Mama Said / Teasin Me a blueprint for future female pop stars to follow. He LEnfant - Bernard Proulx - La Maison Aux Chansons that works such as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", written by a white couple, produced by an African-American man, with vocals by young African-American women and strings sounding like they were targeted at a white audience, conveyed a "color-blind" message on top of its more obvious sexual one.
Inthe Shirelles were honored by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation with the Pioneer Award for their contributions to music. As Coley was accepting her award, she said "This is dedicated to the one I love", and sang an impromptu rendition of "Soldier Boy" together with Owens and Lee. Lee and Owens accepted the award.
Paul Shafferwho did the write-up, wrote that the girl-group sound, originated by them, was "everything to [him]"; he also described their impromptu performance of "Soldier Boy" as inspiring. The dedication ceremony was attended by both surviving Shirelles. Owens said that it was different than when they were inducted into the Hall of Fame, as it was their home town. She noted that "the people who loves [ sic ] us and we loved are right here.
The Shirelles' story was shown in Baby It's You! Iola, The Shirelles - Mama Said / Teasin Me . Krause Publications.
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