The Shirelles, an American girl group in the early 1960s, were the first to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. They were the first major female vocal group of the rock and roll era, preceding Motown as a crossover phenomenon with white audiences. The members of the quartet were Shirley Owens, Doris Coley (who sang lead on “Dedicated to the One I Love”), Beverly Lee, and Addie ‘Micki’ Harris.

The quartet formed in New Jersey in 1958 and went on to release a hit after hit including “Mama Said“, “Baby It’s You”,”Foolish Little Girl”, and the no. 1 Pop hits “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Soldier Boy”.

Their “Sha La La” became an international hit when covered by the British group Manfred Mann, giving them a Top 5 hit in 1965, and the song “Boys” was covered by The Beatles. The Beatles also covered “Baby It’s You” on their album Please, Please Me in 1963.

Other artists that recorded The Shirelles’ hits were Cher, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Pattie LaBelle, Neil Diamond or Dionne Warwick.


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