CENTERBURG — The Shirelles are set to headline the 2013 USA Days Festival. Anyone around in the 1960’s surely know the famous girl group the Shirelles. The group is credited with beginning the “girl group sound” and became the inspiration for girl groups everywhere. They were the original “Dream Girls.”
Named for the lead singer, Shirley Alston Reeves, the group had hit after hit that still are heard hourly on oldies stations across the country. The group wanted a feminine-sounding name similar to the Chantels who were popular at the time.
Their first record was in 1958 and was called “I Met Him on a Sunday.” This was followed by their first big hit, “Dedicated to the One I Love.” Reeves co-wrote their next hit “Tonight’s the Night” and sang lead on that and every song thereafter.
Their first number one song “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” was in 1961, written by Carole King and featured in the movie “Dirty Dancing.”. Others followed including “Mama Said,” “A Thing of the Past,” Big John,” “Everybody Loves a Lover,” and the huge hits of “Soldier Boy” and Baby It’s You.” They had over 20 charting songs in their career.
The Shirelles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002 and named one of the 100 best acts of all time by Rolling Stone in 2004. Two of their songs, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Tonight’s the Night” were selected by Rolling Stone on its list of the greatest songs of all time. Even the Beatles covered two of their hit songs, “Baby It’s You” and “Boys.”
The group will be performing in Centerburg Memorial Park on Friday, June 28, at 8 p.m. Other events include church night on Wednesday, June 26, “Project Roundtable” band on Thursday, June 27, and on Saturday, June 29, karaoke, bluegrass with “Grassahol” and country with Darryl Gatlin followed by fireworks.
Published on January 14, 2013