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Shirley Alston-Reeves (10th June Birthday)

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:44 am
by john poole
Shirley Owens aka Shirley Alston aka Shirley Alston-Reeves aka "Lady Rose" - born 10th June, 1941 (Henderson, North Carolina) - the main lead singer with the Shirelles (Doris Coley also sang a lead on a few songs, including 'Dedicated to the One I Love'). Shirley was the only Shirelle to appear on the record of 'Baby It's You', adding her voice to the original demo.

The Shirelles with Afros ca. 1970 - lip syncing the original 1960 recording of 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' (down to a trio as Doris had left at the end of 1966; returning later in the 70s)

Shirley later went solo, but would reunite with the others for ceremonies including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 where they performed 'Soldier Boy' (again only three as original member Micki Harris had passed on in 1982)
(since removed from YT)

Shirley last year appearing during the Broadway show "Baby It's You" (based on the Shirelles) and singing 'A Thing of the Past' (cut, unfortunately)

Beverly Lee the only other surviving original Shirelle retains the right to the name and has a current version of the group,

Re: Shirley Alston-Reeves (10th June Birthday)

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:38 pm
by AndyM
I like how the Spanish commentator refers to the Shirelles' songs as 'little adolescent symphonies' - though I'd question the word 'little'!

Re: Shirley Alston-Reeves (10th June Birthday)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:40 am
by john poole
Today Shirley is 75.

A 1973 live version of 'Soldier Boy' with (I think) three of the original four Shirelles (minus Doris Coley)

'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' (1963) - song written by Mack David (Hal's brother) & Ernest Gold, certainly not as memorable as the other Shirelles' song that Mack wrote the lyrics for, but a clip I'd not seen previously
with Shirley singing in Spanish & German; Doris - French; Micki Harris - Italian; Beverly Lee - Japanese

Intended for the film of the same name, which I remember as having more stars than laughs although others seem to love it. Sadly an orchestral version of the song was preferred for use in the film, and the Shirelles were only briefly heard (with a speeded up version of the B-side) in a scene with Barrie Chase and Dick Shawn (later seen in Mel Brooks' 'The Producers') ... 2BLP%2B514)%2B1963.jpg
But at least they got to attend the premiere.