The Shirelles “Dedicated To The One I Love”
The Shirelles “Mama Said”
The Shirelles “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”
The Shirelles ”Last Minute Miracle”
Shirley Alston of the Shirelles (w/The Flamingos) - I Only Have Eyes For You (1975)
The Shirelles - “Foolish Little Girl”
The Shirelles “Everybody Loves A Lover” performed Live 1964
The Shirelles - Baby it’s you
.::SHIRLEY ALSTON REEVES::.
Shirley was born Shirley Owens in Henderson, North Carolina and moved to Passaic, New Jersey at an early age. While attending Passaic High School, she co-founded The Shirelles and sang lead vocals for the group. The Shirelles were discovered and recorded after performing in an auditorium program.
It was an exciting time in music. The group came under the wing of manager, Florence Greenberg, who also ran the Scepter label.
Their very first single release, “I Met Him on A Sunday”, which was also written by the Shirelles collectively, was an instant success!
However, they broke big time with the Goffin-King composition “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”; released in late 1960, it went all the way to Number One on the pop chart, making them the First all-female group of the rock era to accomplish this feat!
It also peaked at number two in the R&B chart. In the UK, it reached number 2 in 1961. Its success helped send a re-release of “Dedicated to the One I Love” into the Top 5 on both the pop and R&B charts in 1961 [US]; and “Mama Said” did the same. A more R&B flavored outing, “Big John,” also went to #2 that year. 1962 continued their run of success, most notably with “Soldier Boy,” a Luther Dixon/Florence Greenberg tune that became their second pop #1; they also had a Top 10 pop and R&B hit with “Baby It’s You”. Dixon subsequently left the label; The Shirelles scored one more pop/R&B Top Ten with 1963’s “Foolish Little Girl”, which reached #4 on the pop chart and #9 R&B.
Bridging doo wop and uptown New York pop-soul, the group projected a beguiling mixture of tenderness and innocence that was grounded in R&B as much as pop/rock. The Shirelles soon became known throughout the world when they placed six singles in the Top Ten, and their songs have become classics and have since been covered by many artists, including the Mamas and the Papas and Dusty Springfield. Manfred Mann had a hit with a cover of the Shirelles’ song “Sha La La”. And the Beatles themselves covered “Baby, It’s You” as well as the lesser known “Boys”. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, (written by Carole King), was featured in the colossal hit movie “Dirty Dancing” with Shirley on lead vocal. “Mama Said” also led by Ms. Reeves was used in a major promotional campaign for Pepto Bismol. She also has a Wendy’s commercial in her long list of achievements, as well as one of the first Rock n Roll Coca-Cola commercials.
Ms. Reeves also co-starred in the Rock ‘n’ Roll film with the Shirelles “Let The Good Times Roll.” All time Shirelles favorites include “Tonight’s The Night” (penned by Ms. Reeves), “Baby It’s You”, the soulful sounding “This Is Dedicated To The One I Love”, “Foolish Little Girl”, and, of course, the group’s 5 million selling hit “Soldier Boy”. This particular song touched so many lives and hearts.
1996 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Shirley Alston Reeves is loved by all who have had the pleasure of meeting and hearing her golden vocals. Her show is designed to please even the toughest musical appetites! So come and enjoy a legend in musical history as Shirley Alston Reeves sings personally for you.
The Shirelles, you may remember!
Legendary lady Shirley Alston Reeves, you will never forget!
.::SHIRLEY ALSTON REEVES::.