B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, which has played host to the “girl group” likes of Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector, LaLa Brooks and most recently Lulu, will host The Girl Group Sound Spectacular! on Sept. 8.
Leading the legendary artists on the bill are Maxine Brown ("Oh No, Not My Baby") and Baby Washington (“That's How Heartaches Are Made").
Also appearing are Barbara Harris of The Toys ("A Lovers Concerto"), Beverly Warren of the Raindrops ("The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget"), Lillian Walker-Moss of The Exciters ("Tell Him"), Louise Murray of The Jaynetts ("Sally Go Round The Roses"), Margaret Ross-Williams of The Cookies ("Chains"), Nanette Licari of Reparata and the Delrons ("Whenever A Teenager Cries"), and songwriter and Archies singer Toni Wine ("A Groovy Kind Of Love," “Candida” and “Black Pearl”).
“The story of the girl group sound is a unique New York story in which young writers, producers, and musicians from all walks of life collaborated to create a style that celebrated American teenage dreams in songs that combined raw emotional urgency and sophisticated musical production,” notes the show’s producer Jill Sternheimer.
“Neighborhood girls, church girls, high school prodigies, babysitters and secretaries from Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan became sensations overnight,” she adds. “Kids everywhere responded to their music, sending the girl groups to the top of the charts, dominating the airwaves for several years and defining the era between early rock and the British invasion."
"Keep in mind the girl group sound was created by a fully integrated collective in the pre-Civil Rights era, and all involved formed tight bonds of personal and professional friendship, many still strong today.”
Producer of public programming at Lincoln Center, Sternheimer produced Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ terrific She’s Got The Power! A Girl Group Extravaganza girl group presentation two summers ago, and acted as co-curator for it with New Orleans' Ponderosa Stomp roots music educational organization.
“While generations of music fans can sing girl group songs by heart, many of these great singers aren't known by name,” says Sternheimer. ‘For the first time since the historic gathering at Lincoln Center of She's Got the Power! A Girl Group Extravaganza!, B.B. King's will present The Girl Group Sound Spectacular!, a celebration of the girl group sound and a salute to the women behind the unforgettable hits.”
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