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The Bobbettes

The Bobbettes were one of the primary successful girl sets of the rock era; within a field dominated by man performers, their 1957 strike “Mr. Lee” not merely damaged the pop TOP, but also strike number one within the R&B graphs. Originally dubbed the Harlem Queens, the group teamed sisters Emma and Jannie Pought with Laura Webb, Helen Gathers, and Reather Dixon; 1st conference in 1955 while performing within the glee golf club at Harlem’s P.S. 109, quickly the girls had been appearing in the Apollo Theater’s famous amateur evenings, and through supervisor Wayne Dailey, they got a agreement with Atlantic. Influenced by among their school educators, the Bobbettes’ debut “Mr. Lee” made an appearance in middle-1957 and was also their biggest strike; four Atlantic follow-ups didn’t graph, and after issuing the ballad “YOU MIGHT BE My Sweetheart” in 1959, the group remaining the label for the Triple-X imprint. There, “I Shot Mr. Lee” — a track documented for but declined by Atlantic — begun to climb the graphs, forcing Atlantic release a their own edition and effectively eliminating the single’s momentum; even though subsequent “Have got Mercy Baby” and “Dance beside me Georgie” both surfaced as minor strikes, in 1960 the Bobbettes transferred to End Information, cutting the typical “Teach Me Tonight.” 1962’s “I CAN’T STAND It LIKE THIS,” a remedy song towards the Chris Kenner strike “I LOVE It LIKE THIS,” was the group’s last graph entrance, although they continuing recording for some labels — especially Gemstone and Mayhew — through 1974, touring oldies circuits in years to check out.

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