Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 8-2-23

Though Shirley Owens usually sang lead on recordings by The Shirelles, on the group’s cover of The 5 Royales’ “Dedicated to the One I Love,” member Doris Coley sings the lead vocals. Though Cass Elliot is the Mama that usually sang lead on recordings by The Mamas and the Papas, on the group’s cover of The Shirelles’ cover of The 5 Royales’ “Dedicated to the One I Love,” member Michelle Phillips sings the lead vocals. Something about this song….

The late Doris Coley was born on this date in 1941. On today’s playlist are several hits from The Shirelles that feature Coley’s lead vocals.

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Throwback Thursday: 1964

Nobody would deny that 1964 was among the most pivotal years in rock and roll. Nobody except Lester, a guy I worked with decades ago. He was an idiot. The Beatles and the other artists who stormed the US pop charts during the first British Invasion made an indelible impact on contemporary music and culture. Motown was ascending and producing classic singles. Girl groups were still hanging around creating pop perfection. Bob Dylan was making himself known, messing with the vocals one expected on a hit record. And Dionne Warwick was already the queen of Twitter.

Here are thirty songs that partly defined 1964. Take note, Lester.

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