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The Shirelles: Foolish Little Girl - It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (CD)

(ACE Records) 23 tracks (6 Stereo) 1963, the fifth and sixth Scepter albums featured five Hot-100 hits and songs from some of soul music's greatest composers, including Van McCoy, Sam Cooke and Ed Townsend. With 16 page booklet.

When last we left the Shirelles (“Baby It's You / The Shirelles And King Curtis Give A Twist Party” Ace CDCHD 1199), they were precariously perched at the pinnacle of pop, then suddenly abandoned by their mentor. Would our plucky foursome be able to succeed without Luther Dixon? Were there new worlds to conquer? Or was their reign as queens of rock’n’roll over?

The answers to these questions (not for long; yes; and soon) can be found here in the latest of Ace’s Shirelles LP reissue series. As 1963 dawned, the girls were riding high on the Hot 100 with ‘Everybody Loves A Lover’ and “The Shirelles Greatest Hits” was their most successful long-player ever. Dixon’s defection was a concern, but the springtime Top 5 showing of the charming ‘Foolish Little Girl’ put all fears to rest. 

The “Foolish Little Girl” album was a strong package that deserved its chart placing. Dixon protégé Van McCoy stepped up with three strong songs. There’s an early effort by Ellie Greenwich (‘I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You’) and a sweet ballad (‘Talk Is Cheap’) by Bobs Crewe and Gaudio, braintrust behind the 4 Seasons. Most interesting, though, are two cuts produced by Sam Cooke: the hard-edged ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Only Time Will Tell’, which references previous Shirelles hits. 

When Coca-Cola was looking for an act to launch a long-running series of rock radio ads, the ladies notched another prestigious milestone. Then it was off to Tinseltown! The Shirelles were invited to cut a song (‘31 Flavors’) for the film It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Excepting a few teen idols, no rock-oriented act had ever been tapped by Hollywood for such a major feature. With a superstar cast headed by Spencer Tracy, this was no beach party or Alan Freed teen potboiler. The accompanying LP makes its CD debut here and a fascinating artifact it is: a hodgepodge of vault tracks; a couple of new items by Scepter’s latest A&R hand Ed Townsend; and three tunes written by the film’s composers. The title track offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear our Jersey girls warble in French (Doris), Italian, (Micki), Japanese (Beverly), Spanish and German (Shirley). After attending the Hollywood premiere, the group hit Europe for a stint at the Paris Olympia and a UK tour, capping another stellar year. Returning home triumphantly, the Shirelles headlined at the Apollo in mid-January 1964. The opening act was a young girl group from Detroit enjoying their first hit. (Cue theme from Jaws.) During the revue’s weeklong run, a quartet from Liverpool topped the American charts for the first time. It would take the well-sharpened Ginsu of a Benihana chef to cut all that irony, but consider this: the Shirelles had enjoyed an unprecedented run of success, changing the face of pop music and influencing all who followed, not least the Supremes and the Beatles. They had more than earned their enshrinement in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. 

And there was plenty of great music still to come. Stay tuned for the next volume. 

By Dennis Garvey

Article properties: The Shirelles: Foolish Little Girl - It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (CD)

  • Interpret: The Shirelles

  • Album titlle: Foolish Little Girl - It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2009
  • Label Ace Records

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  • EAN: 0029667037020

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Shirelles, The - Foolish Little Girl - It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (CD) CD 1
01 Foolish Little Girl
02 Hard Times
03 Abra Ka Dabra
04 What's The Matter Baby
05 I Didn't Mean To Hurt You
06 Ooh Poo Pah Doo
07 Don't Say Goodnight And Mean Goobye
08 Not For All The Money In The World
09 Only Time Will Tell
10 I Don't Think So
11 Talk Is Cheap
12 The Twitsch
13 It's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
14 The Music Goes Round And Round
15 Jive Is The Thing
16 Love On The Moon
17 You Satisfy My Soul
18 20Th Century Rock'N'Roll
19 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da
20 Everybody's Going Mad
21 Boys
22 Around The World
23 31 Flavors
The Shirelles Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles were the top girl group in the... more
"The Shirelles"

The Shirelles

Will You Love Me Tomorrow

The Shirelles were the top girl group in the country in 1960. They had an impressive seller that summer with the sleek Tonight's The Night, but their coronation was due to a remorseful theme written by young New York composers Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Lyrically,Will You Love Me Tomorrow was fairly heavy stuff, lead singer Shirley Owens wondering if her lover would treat her the same way the next day after they'd had sex (one had to read between the lines). Owens had initially informed Luther Dixon, her producer at Florence Greenberg's Scepter Records, that she didn't think she could sing the tune because it was too country!

Will You Love Me Tomorrow didn't sound country at all by the time The Shirelles got done with it. King, in charge of the music, and lyricist Goffin worked for Aldon Music, the domain of Al Nevins, formerly of The Three Suns, and street-smart Don Kirshner. Located at 1650 Broadway, up the street from Manhattan's Brill Building, the publishing firm specialized in youth-oriented material tailor-made for the violin-enriched uptown soul productions that The Shirelles favored as female counterparts to The Drifters. King went all out on the sumptuous arrangement; Dixon's production technique was similarly top-notch.

With the less ambitious but thoroughly delightful rocker Boys, penned by Dixon and Wes Farrell (and later recorded by no less than the Beatles), on the B-side, the sparkling ballad cracked the pop charts in November of 1960 and rocketed to #1 by late January of '61, missing the same happy fate on the R&B side by one slot. Owens, Addie 'Micki' Harris, Doris Coley, and Beverly Lee had come a long way from their Passaic, New Jersey beginnings and their first small hit for Decca, I Met Him On A Sunday (Ronde-Ronde).

 

Various - Street Corner Symphonies 1960 Vol.12

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Shirelles, The - Foolish Little Girl - It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (CD) CD 1
01 Foolish Little Girl
02 Hard Times
03 Abra Ka Dabra
04 What's The Matter Baby
05 I Didn't Mean To Hurt You
06 Ooh Poo Pah Doo
07 Don't Say Goodnight And Mean Goobye
08 Not For All The Money In The World
09 Only Time Will Tell
10 I Don't Think So
11 Talk Is Cheap
12 The Twitsch
13 It's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
14 The Music Goes Round And Round
15 Jive Is The Thing
16 Love On The Moon
17 You Satisfy My Soul
18 20Th Century Rock'N'Roll
19 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da
20 Everybody's Going Mad
21 Boys
22 Around The World
23 31 Flavors