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Question: Who is The Bestest of The Best?
The Ronettes
The Crystals
The Shangri-Las
The Supremes
The Marvelettes
The Velvettes
The Honeys
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
The Dixie-Cups
The Shirelles
The Paris Sisters
Gladys Knight & The Pips
Barbara Lewis
Little Eva
Darlene Love
Lesley Gore
The Chiffons
Rosie & The Originals
The Chordettes
The Fleetwoods
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« on: July 11, 2011, 04:04:48 PM »

Does what it says on the tin!

Post Youtubes, links, chastise me for any I've missed.....

It's really some of the greatest music ever, right?
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011, 06:46:37 PM »

The Ronettes will always be the ultimate girl group, and Ronnie Spector will always be the ultimate sex symbol of the girl groups. But the Shangri-Las and Mary Weiss are a very close second.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011, 08:20:00 PM »

And yet The Ronettes still have no votes...

I went with The Supremes - a consistent deluge of great hits (Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, You Can't Hurry Love, Back in My Arms, Reflections, Love Child, Up The Ladder to the Roof).

So many great ones there too - it's a difficult choice.

I will add a youtube video of one of the great underrated female R&B singers though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSehtaY6k1U&feature=feedf_more
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2011, 08:33:28 PM »

I really like Lesley Gore's voice. Though she's not really a group.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_v468ptuXw

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2011, 09:11:51 PM »

Shangi-las for sure. Check this feces out...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFAV75uOk6Y&feature=related
and just in case you need more proof...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM9orBt3ZWY&feature=related
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2011, 09:21:58 PM »

The Honeys!  Of course!
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2011, 12:17:10 AM »

Trouble is ... there are SO MANY one-off 'girl group' recordings that are so great that you wish the 'group' had developed further. Personally, I rate The Westwoods (featuring Marilyn) "I Love My Surfer Boy Too" as one of the best ... and then there's the wonderful Beach Girls "Skiing In The Snow" which is hard to top. Subsequently, none of the above can get a vote from me ... and we need a best girl group SONG category instead !
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2011, 01:01:59 AM »

Great idea for a poll----right up my street!----although I understand where Malc is coming from. I chose The Shangri Las----Mary Weiss' is the most plaintive voice in pop. I love those ladies.

A one-hit NYGG I'd like to mention is The Jaynetts. Their spooky "Sally Go 'Round The Roses" had a whole bunch of singers joining in on it----but then so did the Ronettes' "Be My Baby". Love the trick fadeout... Note: The Spector mentioned in the YouTube blurb is Abner Spector of Chess, not Phil of Philles.

PS: Sorry to be "picky" but it's the Velvelettes. ;=) 
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2011, 02:22:59 AM »

Top 4
The Ronettes 
The Supremes 
The Honeys 
The Crystals 
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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2011, 04:25:26 AM »

I haven't voted, because I'm torn with my own choices!

There are a few 'non groups', like Gore, Eva, or Lewis, which are just sensational examples of mid 60's Girlpop so it would seem a shame not to put them in....

And there's one group which has a MAN in it  Shocked but he's out numbered by women so it's cool.

That Jaynetts song is great!

As is Gloria Jones, but that doesn't scream 'girl group' for some reason. More of a soul sound than a pop sound? None can top Stay With Me by Lorraine Ellison, though, criminally not on youtube.
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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2011, 05:27:39 AM »


And there's one group which has a MAN in it  Shocked but he's out numbered by women so it's cool.
You must mean The Fleetwoods. But what about Gladys Knight & the three male Pips??!!

None can top Stay With Me by Lorraine Ellison, though, criminally not on youtube.
It's here (with a silly picture), unless it's unavailable in your part of the world...

I agree. Finest soul ballad ever.
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2011, 06:41:57 AM »



None can top Stay With Me by Lorraine Ellison, though, criminally not on youtube.
It's here (with a silly picture), unless it's unavailable in your part of the world...

I agree. Finest soul ballad ever.


You must be kidding. Screaming ala Janis doesn't get it for me. That plain sucks.
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2011, 06:59:30 AM »

bgas, you have no soul.

i thought the Pips were girls! Every day an education.... Does that mean they're void from this poll?
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2011, 07:00:52 AM »

Another one that I have been enjoying this year has been The Exciters. They are more known for "Tell Him" I think but I prefer the more raw "He's Got The Power":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thFy6QnfuOM
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2011, 08:26:36 AM »

bgas, you have no soul.

i thought the Pips were girls! Every day an education.... Does that mean they're void from this poll?

Wait. You thought the Pips were girls and I'm the one with no soul?
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2011, 10:23:17 AM »

Tuff one between The Shirelles and the Ronettes. The Ronettes will win, so I voted The Shirelles.
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2011, 12:34:15 PM »



None can top Stay With Me by Lorraine Ellison, though, criminally not on youtube.
It's here (with a silly picture), unless it's unavailable in your part of the world...

I agree. Finest soul ballad ever.


You must be kidding. Screaming ala Janis doesn't get it for me. That plain sucks.
Can't comment, I'm afraid, never having heard Janis Ian scream.
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None can top Stay With Me by Lorraine Ellison, though, criminally not on youtube.
It's here (with a silly picture), unless it's unavailable in your part of the world...

I agree. Finest soul ballad ever.


You must be kidding. Screaming ala Janis doesn't get it for me. That plain sucks.
Can't comment, I'm afraid, never having heard Janis Ian scream.

Ahh, too bad, she was a real moaner
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2011, 03:57:57 PM »

Gad, that's irritating. Upon further investigation, every single musical memory I have of G Knight & The Pips actually comes from other Motown groups. Got confused by the female backing vox on their Heard it Thru the Grapevine. Oh Well. They're actually pretty good though! They have a girl-group thing going on, so they can stay.... just.

bgas, you may have a soul, but you obviously have never had your heart broken. Hence your dislike of 'Stay With Me'. To say nothing of the horn section, which sounds like a jet engine taking off in the studio. But we're getting off topic.

I think I'm going to have to vote for The Shangri-Las. But my heart says Ronettes. I'll sleep on it.
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2011, 04:26:30 PM »

The Ronettes

One of the few 60's girl groups I can stand
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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2011, 06:47:09 PM »

If you are going to count Gladys Knight and The Pips, you might as well count Jefferson Airplane.  Razz
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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2011, 08:12:03 PM »

If you are going to count Gladys Knight and The Pips, you might as well count Jefferson Airplane.  Razz

I was going to say the Honeys( I voted first in the poll, after all) but now that I see Jeff Air is a choice, I vote for them. 
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« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2011, 02:52:28 AM »

If you are going to count Gladys Knight and The Pips, you might as well count Jefferson Airplane.  Razz
That's an interesting genre in itself----female solo singer with male backing vocalists. Other examples include The Essex ("Easier Said Than Done"), Ruby & the Romantics ("Our Time Will Come"), Kathy Young and The Innocents ("A Thousand Stars")... Not sure if The Teddy Bears count, as the backing vocals were all Spector.
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« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2011, 03:44:11 AM »

Voted Shangri-Las, purely because my alarm decided to wake me up this morning with 'Give Him A Great Big Kiss'. Incredible song.

"Well, he's 'good' bad, but he's not evil' is sheer genius. LOL
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« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2011, 05:31:22 AM »

Voted Shangri-Las, purely because my alarm decided to wake me up this morning with 'Give Him A Great Big Kiss'. Incredible song.

"Well, he's 'good' bad, but he's not evil' is sheer genius. LOL
I love the noise Mary makes (and the face she pulls in the Shindig vid) before she says "He's good--bad..." I could listen to that noise all day. :=)
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