The Shirelles

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    Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Marianne Faithful
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The girls next door sang like a heavenly chorus.

The Shirelles were the honey-voiced purveyors of Fifties and Sixties hits. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”—the first girl group song to hit Number One—remains a girl group classic to this day.


Hall of Fame Essay


Mike Hill

When Laura Nyro and Labelle resurrected the Shirelles’ “I Met Him on a Sunday”  on Gonna Take a Miracle, a collection of R&B faves from Nyro’s youth, there was nothing nostalgic about the tune. 

The lyrics, which had the feel of jump-rope rhymes, came across as a sort of plainspoken street poetry, a wistfully romantic chronicle of fleeting and fickle desire.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1996
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