I’m Such A Ladies’ Man…

Every silver cloud has a dark lining. The dark lining of the silver cloud that was the British invasion was the demise of the girl groups, who were predominantly black.

Before the British invasion in the mid-60’s, girl groups were thriving in the U.S. The Shirelles were one of the first super star” girl group pioneers in the 1960’s. Among their many hits are Soldier Boy, Dedicated to the One I Love and Mama Said. I’m sure you’ve heard this from other artists:

Easily the biggest of the girl vocalist groups was the Supremes and I was shaking my booty to them long before I heard of the Beatles.

But the Supremes had lots of company and competition. I also enjoyed Phil’s Spector’s “wall of sound” and his signature group: The Ronettes. (Phil ended up marrying Ronnie, for whom the group is named, and who we know now as Ronnie Spector).

Also in the Phil Spector camp were The Crystals.

Martha and The Vandellas were…hot.

The Beatles released their version of this song by The Marvalettes:

But by the 70’s, the British invasion had undermined the girl groups. In the 80’s, there was somewhat of a comeback effort, such as The Bangles:

The Pointer Sisters were pretty…exciting:

Let’s not overlook disco’s Sister Sledge…

Also there have been some all female bands, such as the Go Go’s.

The heyday of the girl groups may be over but this Boomer hasn’t forgotten. I’m still shakin’ my booty to them today.  Because ladies..do I love you! Oh! Oh! Oh!

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5 responses to “I’m Such A Ladies’ Man…

  1. They were white girls, but never, ever must we forget the Shangri-Las and “Leader of the Pack”.

  2. Many of these great songs were subsequently re-recorded by ensuing artists. i.e. Carol King, Bette Midler, Stones and Beatles as you mention. So they provided quite a substantial legacy. I was also quite fond of Gladys Knight and the Pips

    • I wasn’t fond of GK, probably because a lot of her music seemed to “mellow” for me. And I had completely forgotten about them until your comment.

      By the time I came to the US in 1970, I don’t recall hearing about any of the girl groups doing a concert as headliner or even as “intro.”

      And a lot of rock concerts today are too much
      “flash and awe.” Just give me the music!

  3. Your post reminds me of the recent movie 20 feet from Stardom. Found your blog searching for bangles, and enjoyed the good music clips 🙂

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