Cause and Effect presents:

In the late 1950s and early 60s, the “Girl Group” sound began to dominate the American music charts and permeate youth culture. The 1960s girl group phenomenon resulted in a compressed period of musical innovation with lasting results.  The songs and performances pushed the bounds of the industry at the time and became a key source of innovative song writing and composition, as well as novel forms of instrumentation.  But most of all, “the girl group sound” had a fresh and optimistic buoyancy to it, with lyrics that were mostly innocent and naive – of the “girl–dealing-with-boy” variety – though some songs also offered social commentary.  But what distinguished the 1960s “girl group” phenomenon was its distinctive sound and the huge Baby Boomer market that sent the music to the top of the charts.

Music critic Greil Marcus, writing of the girl groups in 1992 for The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, has noted:  “The music was perhaps the most carefully, beautifully crafted in all of rock and roll – one reason why none of the twenty or so best records in the genre have dated in the years since they were made.”  Now, more than 50 years old at this writing, the girl group music of the 1960s continues to have wide appeal and staying power.

It’s estimated that about 1,500 girl groups recorded music in the 1960s.  Of these, about two dozen or so went on to become significant hit makers.

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    Time: July 23 - 9:00:17 am
  • Lena Horne Sings - The M-G-M Singles

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    from Lena Horne Sings - The M-G-M Singles

    Hip-O Select - 2010

  • Time: July 23 - 9:04:38 am
  • Broken Hearted Melody (Mono Version) - Single

    Sarah Vaughan, “Broken Hearted Melody”

    from Broken Hearted Melody (Mono Version) - Single

    BNF Collection - 1960

  • Time: July 23 - 9:06:54 am
  • 20th Century Masters: The Best of Dinah Washington - The Millennium Collection

    Dinah Washington & Brook Benton, “Baby (You've Got What It Takes)”

    from 20th Century Masters: The Best of Dinah Washington - The Millennium Collection

    Universal Music Enterprises - 2002

  • Time: July 23 - 9:10:17 am
  • Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 2

    Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop (Single Version)”

    from Doo Wop Classics, Vol. 2

    Rhino - 2003

  • Time: July 23 - 9:11:32 am
  • Born Too Late

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    from Born Too Late

    MnJ Music - 2020

  • Time: July 23 - 9:13:53 am
  • I Love How You Love Me - Single

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    from I Love How You Love Me - Single

    Black Sheep Music - 2013

  • Time: July 23 - 9:15:54 am
  • Mary Wells - 27 Original Tracks

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    from Mary Wells - 27 Original Tracks

    Itube - 2013

  • Time: July 23 - 9:22:29 am
  • Baby It's You

    The Shirelles, “Baby It's You”

    from Baby It's You

    Scepter Records - 2008

  • Time: July 23 - 9:24:52 am
  • The Jelly Beans, “I wanna love him so bad”

    from I'm a Jelly Bean (Yummy In Your Tummy) - EP

    independent

  • Time: July 23 - 9:26:46 am
  • The Very Best of The Dixie Cups: Chapel of Love

    The Dixie Cups, “I'm Gonna Get You Yet”

    from The Very Best of The Dixie Cups: Chapel of Love

    Sun Records - 2006

  • Time: July 23 - 9:29:55 am
  • The Best of the Chantels

    The Chantels, “Maybe”

    from The Best of the Chantels

    Rhino - 2006

  • Time: July 23 - 9:33:06 am
  • 60's Girl Groups

    Sugar and Spice, “Come Go With Me”

    from 60's Girl Groups

    Warner Records - 1998

  • Time: July 23 - 9:34:30 am
  • Playboy

    The Marvelettes, “Playboy”

    from Playboy

    Black Sheep Music - 2013

  • Time: July 23 - 9:37:20 am
  • The Wah Watusi - Single

    The Orlons, “The Wah Watusi”

    from The Wah Watusi - Single

    Treasury Collection - 2014

  • Time: July 23 - 9:39:39 am
  • 60's Girl Groups

    The Chiffons, “Doctor of Hearts”

    from 60's Girl Groups

    Warner Records - 1998

  • Time: July 23 - 9:42:18 am
  • The Very Best Of

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    from The Very Best Of

    Brownbeats Records - 2011

  • Time: July 23 - 9:45:16 am
  • Tell Him

    The Exciters, “Say It With Love”

    from Tell Him

    Capitol Records - 2012

  • Time: July 23 - 9:48:18 am
  • the bobettes, “mr lee”

    from one hit wonders

    independent

  • Time: July 23 - 9:49:54 am
  • 60's Girl Groups

    The Honeys, “He's a Doll”

    from 60's Girl Groups

    Warner Records - 1998

  • Time: July 23 - 9:51:53 am
  • Heat Wave

    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, “If I Had a Hammer”

    from Heat Wave

    Revolver Records - 1963

  • Time: July 23 - 9:53:56 am
  • Sally Go Round the Roses - Single

    The Jaynetts, “Sally Go 'Round the Roses”

    from Sally Go Round the Roses - Single

    Redwood Records - 2014

  • Time: July 23 - 9:57:09 am
  • The Locomotion

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    from The Locomotion

    Warner Music Group - X5 Music Group - 2017

  • Time: July 23 - 9:59:36 am
  • Chains - EP

    The Cookies, “Don't Say Nothin' (Bad About My Baby)”

    from Chains - EP

    Black & Partners LLC - 2014

  • Time: July 23 - 10:06:11 am
  • He's a Rebel

    The Crystals, “He's Sure the Boy I Love”

    from He's a Rebel

    Legacy Recordings - 2011

  • Time: July 23 - 10:07:56 am
  • Be My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes

    The Ronettes, “Do I Love You?”

    from Be My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes

    Legacy Recordings - 2011

  • Time: July 23 - 10:10:53 am
  • The Very Best of the Velvelettes

    The Velvelettes, “He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'”

    from The Very Best of the Velvelettes

    Motown - 1999

  • Time: July 23 - 10:13:35 am
  • The Apollas, “you're absolutely right”

    from Seven Days / Open the Door, Fool - Single

    independent

  • Time: July 23 - 10:15:46 am
  • 60's Girl Groups

    The Blossoms, “Good, Good Lovin'”

    from 60's Girl Groups

    Warner Records - 1998

  • Time: July 23 - 10:18:12 am
  • Where Did Our Love Go

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    from Where Did Our Love Go

    UNI/MOTOWN - 2014

  • Time: July 23 - 10:20:32 am
  • Groovy Kind of Love

    Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, “Groovy Kind of Love”

    from Groovy Kind of Love

    Warner Music Group - X5 Music Group - 2017

  • Time: July 23 - 10:22:33 am
  • The Shangri-Las

    The Shangri-Las, “Out in the Streets”

    from The Shangri-Las

    X5 Music Group - 2011

  • Time: July 23 - 10:26:14 am
  • the rev-lons, “i can't forget about you”

    from i can't forget about you

    independent

  • Time: July 23 - 10:33:23 am
  • The River

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    from The River

    Columbia - 1980

  • Time: July 23 - 10:35:54 am
  • Lioness: Hidden Treasures

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    from Lioness: Hidden Treasures

    Universal-Island Records Ltd. - 2011

  • Time: July 23 - 10:39:43 am
  • End of the Century (Deluxe Edition)

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    from End of the Century (Deluxe Edition)

    Rhino/Warner Records - 2005

  • Time: July 23 - 10:43:19 am
  • Be My Baby - Single

    Hurray for the Riff Raff, “Be My Baby”

    from Be My Baby - Single

    ATO Records - 2017

  • Time: July 23 - 10:46:04 am
  • Really Saying Something: The Best of Fun Boy Three

    Fun Boy Three & Bananarama, “It Ain't What You Do It's the Way That You Do It”

    from Really Saying Something: The Best of Fun Boy Three

    independent - 1982

  • Time: July 23 - 10:48:46 am
  • Greasy Love Songs

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    from Greasy Love Songs

    Frank Zappa Catalog - 2015

  • Time: July 23 - 10:51:28 am
  • From Paris With Love (L.U.V.)

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    from From Paris With Love (L.U.V.)

    Sympathy For The Record Industry - 2002

  • Time: July 23 - 10:55:05 am
  • Mink, Rat or Rabbit

    The Detroit Cobras, “Bad Girl”

    from Mink, Rat or Rabbit

    Sympathy For The Record Industry - 1998

  • Time: July 23 - 10:58:13 am
  • Born to Sing

    En Vogue, “Hold On”

    from Born to Sing

    Rhino/Elektra - 1990

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