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June 15, 2016
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For the returning fan...
A personal note from the editor...June 15, 2016 - Chicago IL
This is the first time I have had a piece that was not related to girl groups. I am sorry for the long delay in updating this site but since last October I have been been helping my son, Max Mallory, fight a rough battle with testicular cancer. He passed away on May 20.
Max was a writer, a dreamer, a doer. He graduated from college a year before he passed and worked in the videogame industry with enthusiasm. During his college years and even earlier he befriended many people and did many favors for them. He reached out to those who didn't have a friend. He always had a ready smile and a way to help others feel better. He was a sweet child and a wonderful and gentle young man. During his entire battle with cancer he still helped and encouraged others and fought every day, even his last day. It is everlasting heartbreak that I must go each day without him.
Max was proud of the many visitors I got from this website. As time has passed, this site is no longer the number one hit in Google search for "girl groups" but for a long time it was, and he was impressed by that.
The creation of this website is also related to Max and my older son, John-Mark Mallory. It was launched on a cold night--Dec. 24, 2000. I was divorced and it was the first Christmas Eve I had spent without my sons or family. I had grown up with the tradition of my family having a gathering on Christmas Eve--but I had moved to Denver and didn't have my siblings and Mom around. It was a sad and lonely night. I had always wanted to write a book about girl groups but decided a website would be my "living book." To fight the loneliness that Christmas Eve I put together a one-page website that was the start of Girl-Groups.com.
This website will resume with stories, photos and more. The early 1960s are too fun to let go. Max's brother and I will launch the Max Mallory Foundation to support young adults with testicular cancer and to provide scholarships for students in need who want to go to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to major in videogame studies. If you would like to contribute, please send donations to: Max Mallory Foundation
Peace be with you, wonderful Max, on your journey heavenward, and I will always love you.
Girl-Groups Radio Show!Our friend Johnny Galindo of Vinyl Treasures an oldies radio show on the internet, had an all girl-groups show on Sat. Nov. 14.
Don't worry if you missed it because you can still listen in, and watch! (It's video too.) If you prefer Ustream, here is the Ustream link but remember it will expire Dec. 14. Or, you can listen in on the Vinyl Treasures YouTube channel
To download the show on audio, go to the Vinyl Treasures website. On the homepage, look for:
JOHNNY G'S VINYLTREASURE ARCHIVES
"Click this link to listen to archives"
and look for the link titled VT Show 11-14-2015.mp3
Do you know the answers? These fans want to know!From time to time we get inquiries about girl groups we know nothing about, and even Googling will not help! Donna Price of California asks, "What were the names of the members of Tammy and the Carolinas? Has anyone heard of them and know who they were?"
We know only of one single, "You Took Me for Granted," backed with, "I Don't Wanna Play in Your Yard," which appeared on Larson Records in 1961. The song was written by Glen Larson, who was a member of the Four Preps singing group.
They backed up Ricky Nelson, but in his spare time, he wrote TV scripts. That proved to be his claim to fame, as he became well-known for creating many popular TV series, including "Battlestar Galactica," "Quincy," and "Magnum P.I."
Austin Case would like to know more about "Gigi Parker" of "Gigi Parker and the Lonelies."
They had an obscure single in 1964 entitled "Beatles Please Come Back to Me," which has since been released in a CD compilation on Beatle novelty records. After that single, Gigi Parker released a solo song, "Lonely Girl Blue," backed by the Four Seasons.
Who was Gigi Parker? Where was she from? Were the Lonelies an actual band, or a studio backup group? We know they worked with Bob Crewe.
If you know anything about either of these groups, please email me at Webrocker!
Oldies, oldies, oldies!
If you like girl-groups music of the 1960s, there are likely other oldies you like too!
Why not listen to Johnny Galindo's Vinyl Treasures? This fantastic show has an array of great oldies, including rare girl-group music. Listen now!. Or tune in every Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. Central Time/10:00 p.m. Eastern for Top Shelf Oldies for the newest show. You will love it!
Here's a Road Story You Never Heard!
Did you know the Pixies Three toured with the Rolling Stones? Yes, the soft, lifting sounds of the Pixies trio were actually paired on tour with the hard-rocking Stones. Here are some memories of that tour from the group members themselves...
We worked with the Rolling Stones on their first American tour in summer 1964. It was one of those multi-act shows with The Dave Clark Five there, too. Not sure if there were other bands, but there may have been.
The Dave Clark Five was a hit with the audience. Of course, they were dressed in matching outfits and were well-groomed. But the Stones were not well-received by audiences and were panned by the media. Their look was new and strange to the audience, we'd guess, and their music was a harder rock than Americans were used to.
We hung out with the Dave Clark Five, since they were our ages, and cute and fun to be with. The Stones kept to themselves, usually behind closed doors. You can imagine, given the times and the fact that they were older, that their offstage persona was as foreign to us as their onstage performance.
Actually, it was the only group we ever worked with that ignored us. Maybe they were embarrassed about their reviews. They were fairly successful in the UK at that time and were surprised not to receive the kind of welcome that the Dave Clark Five got.
Of course, we all know this was short-lived, as the Stones returned to the U.S. in the fall of 1964 and were treated like gods by the media and the public. They were just ahead of their time for their look. And their sound became de rigueur for rock bands after them. At that time, none of us would have ever guessed they could become rock icons, popular even 40 years later!
Aretha: A Diva Sings Diva-Worthy ClassicsRecently released is Aretha Franklin's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. No surprise the diva would sing within her own genre, but make no mistake, these are other diva's songs. Well, she throws in at least one of her own.
Aretha lends her inimitable buttery-rich gusty voice to remakes like:
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
At Last - Etta James
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Survivor - Destiny's Child
No One - Alicia Keys
You Keep Me Hanging' On - Supremes
I'm Every Woman -- Chaka Khan (which turns into a medley with "Respect")
People - Barbra Streisand
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
While "People" is clearly stretching it (and a bit much for Aretha to handle), "Nothing Compares 2 U" was a complete mistake. The New York Times agreed. You'll want to listen for yourself and see what you think of Aretha's redos.
The description of Aretha's life story sounds like the beginning of a juicy novel: Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice.
But make no mistake, it's not fiction.
A recent New York Times story tells the fascinating tale of how David Ritz, author of an earlier Aretha biography, re-tooled the material with total honesty and new information to make the new-and-improved saucy biography of Aretha released in October, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin (Little Brown Co., $30, 520 pages).
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