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Delta Delta Delta…Delta


Les Collegiennes de la Chanson

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Bows art


The Marvelettes – A French Tamla Motown EP release.

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Here a chick, there a chick


“The Sound of The Chicks”   Viking (New Zealand)

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The Angels Smash hit


The Angels “My Boyfriend’s Back”   Smash Records (1963)   Check out the girl’s swinging, hand-clapping appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.   Sounds live and really goood.

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Uptown girls


The Crystals “Twist Uptown” Philly Records. Produced by Phil Spector. (1962)

In early 1962, the Crystals recorded a Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil song called “Uptown.” Barbara Alston’s strong-yet-sensuous vocals enunciated lyrics that were as steeped in topical subject matter, especially about the frustrations of life in the ghetto, as they were in romance. This gave “Uptown” a subtly two-pronged appeal; it was a gorgeous pop record, but also a new kind of pop record, eminently listenable yet serious in its subtext. No, it wasn’t “Blowin’ in the Wind,” but it seemed to evoke a social realism that heretofore eluded the pop charts. “Uptown” reached number 13 nationally. Its production marked a major step forward in the making of rock & roll singles in its production, and heralded a newer, bolder era in pop music and R&B, very much of a piece with such hits as The Drifters’ “Up On the Roof,” but with an undercurrent of frustration that the latter song lacked; it all pointed the way toward the more sophisticated and socially conscious kind of songs that Sam Cooke would soon be generating.

The following month, Spector was back in the studio running another Crystals session, except that this time it wasn’t really the Crystals that he was recording, but Darlene Love. As the owner of the Crystals’ name and, as their producer, possessing the right to record anyone he wanted (or anything he wanted) and label it as being from “the Crystals,” he decided to forego forego using the group entirely for “He’s a Rebel.” A celebration of street-level machismo like no other, it was an upbeat number with gorgeous hooks and became a number one hit, as well as engraining itself in pop culture history as a quintessential girl group classic. Darlene Love was the lead singer on the next hit by “the Crystals,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” as well.

It wasn’t until early 1963 that the group again sang on one of their own records, “Da Doo Ron Ron.” That record rose to number three in America and became their second biggest British hit, reaching the number five spot in the U.K. That placement, along with the U.K. number two position for “Then He Kissed Me” (which also got to number six in America), was very important, because at the time a lot of major British bands were about to break onto the charts at home, before coming to dominate American music a year later. “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me” became among the most popular American rock & roll songs of the period in England, covered by all manner of acts on-stage and on-record.

The group had released two LPs hooked around their major hits, “Twist Uptown” and “He’s A Rebel” in 1962 and 1963, respectively. — The All Music Guide

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De Castros


The De Castros… Music arranged and conducted by Billy May on Capitol.

Peggy, Cherie and Babette DeCastro. (When Babette retired in 1958, a cousin Olgita DeCastro Marino replaced her.) They had a style something like the Andrew Sisters but with a Latin flavor.

The biggest hit for the group was “Teach Me Tonight” from 1954.

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Drag queens, Italy 1978


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Church ladies who rock



“Heres a Norwegian religous duo Elna Fredhoy and Rigmor Odun with a fantastic EP cover from the Harmoni label Oslo,Number HEP 178 would you believe!. It must come from the fifties and those interested in guitars and wonder what type is shown here…its a German Isana guitar and Elvis even had one when he was in Germany during his army years. These ladies have personalised both their instruments by adding the text “Helliget Herren” ….the Holy Lord.”     Keith Stevens, Nora, Sweden
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The Paper Dolls on PYE. (Courtesy of Kerstan Reineke of Germany)

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Rhythmus chicks


(Courtesy of Kerstan Reineke of Germany)

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