The Shirelles


The Shirelles were an influential American girl group in the early 1960s. The members of the quartet were Shirley Owens (who was the lead singer for the most part), Doris Coley, Beverly Lee, and Addie "Micki" Harris. The quartet formed in New Jersey, and went on to release a string of hits including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Baby It's You", "Soldier Boy", "Dedicated to the One I Love", and "Mama Said". Their "Sha La La" became an international hit when covered by the British group Manfred Mann, and "Boys" was covered by the Beatles (Ringo Starr singing lead). In spite of a lack of hits after the early 1960s, the Shirelles continued recording for a small but devoted audience well into the 1970s and continued to tour and perform into the early 1980s. In 1968, Coley left the group to devote her time to her family, and the group continued as a trio. In 1975, she returned only to replace Owens who departed to begin a solo career. In 1982, they disbanded when Harris succumbed to a heart attack. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. On February 4, 2000, Coley lost a battle with breast cancer. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.

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