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Shirley Alston

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The aunt of vocalist Johnetta Alston, Shirley Alston (Owens) was also lead vocalist for the Shirelles, who have been deemed the best possible women’s group ever before the emergence from the Supremes. Alston, Beverley Lee, Addie Harris, and Dorris Kenner all fulfilled during senior high school. They created the Shirelles in 1958 in NJ and first documented for Tiara. A track they had created, “I Met Him on the Sunday,” finished up becoming leased to Decca by Florence Greenberg, who owns Tiara and mom of the friend Mary Jane Greenberg. Later on that 12 months they became a member of Scepter, and there obtained some huge strikes, including “DO YOU WANT TO Like Me Tomorrow,” “Soldier Boy,” “Focused on the One I REALLY LIKE,” “Mama Stated,” “Big John,” “Baby It’s You,” and “Foolish LITTTLE LADY.” That they had 20 tunes make the R&B graphs from 1960 to 1967, and seven reached the very best Ten. Amazingly, non-e of the large singles ever topped the R&B list, despite the fact that “DO YOU WANT TO Like Me Tomorrow” and “Soldier Boy” had been both number 1 pop singles. The group was also embroiled inside a legal struggle with Scepter from 1964 until 1967 over whether their income were becoming paid right into a trust account as previously contracted. The fight finally ended using the Shirelles absolve to proceed elsewhere, however they by no means recaptured the Scepter magic during stints with Mercury, Bell, and RCA. But through the entire ’70s,’80s and early ’90s, numerous editions from the Shirelles possess appeared within the oldies circuit.

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Full Name Shirley Owens
Profession Singer
Education Passaic High School
Nationality American
Siblings Barbara Alston
Music Groups The Shirelles
Music Songs Will Love You Tomorrow, Mama Said, Dedicated to the One I Love, Baby It's You, Soldier Boy, Foolish Little Girl, I Met Him On A Sunday, Blue Holiday, Everybody Loves a Lover, Boys, The Dance Is Over, Big John, Don't Say Goodnight and Mean Goodbye, Tonight's the Night, A Thing of the Past, Things I want to Hear, Make the Night a Little Longer, Welcome Home Baby, Putty, What a Sweet Thing That Was, Stop the Music, A Teardrop & a Lollipop, Ooh Poo Pah Doo, I Don't Want to Cry, What's the Matter Baby, Please Be My Boyfriend, Tonight at the Prom, You Don't Want My Love, Irresistible You, It's Love That Really Counts, I Didn't Mean to Hurt You, The Same Old Story
Albums Tonight's the Night, The Shirelles Sing to Trumpets and Strings, Foolish Little Girl


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Because I Said So 2007 writer: "I Met Him on Sunday" - as Shirley Owens

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Rock, Pop & Doo Wop 2011 TV Movie Herself (as Shirley Alston Reeves)
American Soundtrack: Red, White & Rock 2002 TV Special documentary Herself (as Shirley Reeves)
Doo Wop 51 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself (as Shirley Alston Reeves)
Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll 1988 TV Special Herself (as Shirley Alston Reeves)
Let the Good Times Roll 1973 Documentary Herself (as The Shirelles)

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