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Posts Tagged ‘The Shirelles’

Died On This Date (June 19, 2014) Gerry Goffin / Celebrated Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on June 19, 2014

Gerry Goffin
February 11, 1939 – June 19, 2014

gerry-goffinGerry Goffin was arguably America’s most prolific hit lyricist. During the second half of the 20th century, no fewer than 50 songs that he penned the lyrics for made the Top 40.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Goffin married Carole King who also happened to be his song writing partner throughout the ’60s. As part of the legendary Brill Building collective, Goffin and King wrote such pop and rock standards as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Take Good Care Of My Baby,” “The Loco-Motion,” “Go Away Little Girl,” and “Pleasant Valley Sunshine.”  The seemingly endless list of artists who made their songs into hits includes Little Eva,  the Shirelles, the Four Seasons, Bobby Vee, Dion & the Belmonts, Grand Funk Railroad, the Monkees, and Aretha Franklin.  Goffin also had successful writing partnerships with Barry Goldberg, Barry Mann, Michael Masser, and Russ Titelman.  He was nominated for an Academy Award in for his co-write on the theme song to the 1975 film, Mahogany, which was sung by Diana Ross. Goffin also wrote the Whitney Houston hit, “Savin’ All My Love for You.”  He and King were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.  Gerry Goffin was 75 when he died of natural causes on June 19, 2014.

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Died On This Date (January 7, 2011) Bobby Robinson / Prolific R&B Producer & Harlem Record Store Owner

Posted by themusicsover on January 7, 2012

Bobby Robinson
April 16, 1917 – January 7, 2011

Bobby Robinson was a pioneering R&B and later, hip-hop record producer, as well as a longtime record store owner.  He opened Bobby’s Record Shop in 1946, making it the first Black-owned business on Harlem’s famous 125th Street.  The store and cultural landmark remained open until he was forced to close in 2008 due to his landlord’s desire to raze and rebuild at that spot.  As a producer, Robinson had a hand in creating a string of R&B and hip-hop hits that stretched from the early ’50s through the mid ’80s.  The list of greats that he enjoyed success with includes Gladys Knight & The Pips, Lee Dorsey, The Shirelles, Elmore James, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Kool Moe Dee, and Doug E. Fresh.  Bobby Robinson was 93 when he passed away on January 7, 2011.


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Died On This Date (July 6, 1979) Van McCoy / Had Hit With “The Hustle”

Posted by themusicsover on July 6, 2010

Van McCoy
January 6, 1940 – July 6, 1979

Van McCoy was a musician, producer, arranger and prolific songwriter who has penned upwards of 700 songs during his career.  But, he is perhaps best remembered for just one, “The Hustle,” which was massive disco hit of 1975 and to this day, arguably defines the era.  McCoy began singing in the church choir as a child and by his early teens, he and his brother were performing as a doo wop duo.  While in college, McCoy started his own record label to release his first single, “Hey Mr. DJ.”  He was soon hired by Scepter Records as an A&R rep and songwriter.  Over the years, he penned hits for Gladys Knight & The Pips (“Giving Up”), Barbara Lewis (“Baby, I’m Yours”), the Shirelles (“Stop The Music”) and Jackie Wilson (“I Get The Sweetest Feeling”) to name just a few.  Van McCoy died of a heart attack at the age of 39.

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Died On This Date (June 10, 1982) Micki Harris / The Shirelles

Posted by themusicsover on June 10, 2010

Addie “Micki” Harris
January 22, 1940 – June 10, 1982

Micki Harris was a member of the R&B vocal group the Shirelles which formed in 1958.  The group scored several international hits with such recordings as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Soldier Boy,” and “Baby It’s You.”   Such hits helped them become the first major female singing group of the rock n roll era, thus defining a genre that would be called “girl groups.”  Micki Harris died of a heart attack while performing with the Shirelles on June 10, 1982.

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