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The Shirelles were the first major female vocal group of the rock era, defining the so-called girl group sound with their soft, sweet harmonies and yearning innocence. Their music was a blend of pop/rock and R (especially doo wop and smooth uptown soul) that appealed to listeners across the board, before Motown ever became a crossover phenomen...

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The Shirelles: selected early charting and top ten singles, 1958-1963

Portrait of American pop band The Shirelles, featuring membert Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Addie "Micki" Harris, and Beverly Lee, United States, photographer unknown.