The Girls of 1964!

TGIF! … Let’s hear it for the Girls of 1964!

They are the focus of today’s medley and they’re proof that female singers didn’t disappear with the wave of music coming from England.

You will find a couple of obscure songs in the medley, each with a connection to the Beatles. The first, by Bonnie Jo Mason (a pseudonym for a singer who later became a superstar) was co-written and produced by Phil Spector.
The second, by The Carefrees (which peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100), has an even more direct connection to the Fab Four. One of the singers in the group was married at the time to Andy White, the session drummer who replaced Ringo Starr on the recording of Love Me Do … small world.

Please Note: There will be no medley on Monday or Tuesday because I am actually taking a four-day weekend!

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The Girls of 1964

Lesley Gore – Diane Renay – The Supremes
Millie Small – Dusty Springfield – Marianne Faithfull
Bonnie Jo Mason – The Carefrees

Comments (8)

  1. Don Doyle

    Good Morning, Ray. Lesley Gore is a great way to start off. She always presented herself as a strong woman. Her heart could he breaking but she was not going to let it break her. I know she wrote some herself so I guess that was her nature. Diane Renay was singing for many girls when she sang about a boyfriend who was in the service. Who knew how successful the Supremes would become? The sure took the world by storm. And looked so glamorous while they did it. How many gils went to the prom dressed like a Supreme? Lots! Millie Small, with her squeaky voice sure was happy to have a boyfriend. It was also the beginning of very successful and long careers for Dusty Springfield and Marianne Faithful. Those girls could sing. We all know how the girls loved the Beatles and here you have a few songs to prove it. Ray, enjoy your long weekend. I will miss your posts but I”lll be here when you return. You deserve a break.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Don.
      It was fun giving the girls their due credit.
      Bonnie Jo’s single was released under the name of Bonnie Jo Mason because producer Phil Spector wanted American names for his singers, and Cherilyn LaPiere was not a name he considered sufficiently American. Of course, she went on to have a monster career when she joined up with a guy named Sonny later that year.
      I am looking forward to this short break but I’ll be back in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. Lee Gould

    Since song #2 mentioned the Navy did you know we can thank the Navy for the loop on the back of collared shirts. The loops made them easier to hang on hooks. In the 60’s college students started wearing them as the loop prevented wrinkles. (Plus younger student girls chased boys wearing these down the hallways at schools to claim the loops as a trophy tho I still don’t know why. Maybe he had to be nice, cute & have sapphire blue eyes?) Today the loop is a sign of quality & class. Memory for you & good music for all who listen. Enjoy your long weekend 🙂

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Lee, thank you for the really cool info! ❤️
      I remember those days of girls chasing boys for that precious loop, but I don’t seem to remember anyone who fit your description. 🙂

  3. Wendyl

    Great choices from the ladies! Bobbie Jo = Cher….mind blown!!!! Also love the Beatles tributes and that last one is stuck in my head 🙂 Yeah, yeah, yeah, YEAH! Thanks for this and I hope you enjoy another beautiful day AND a four day weekend!!! NICE! 🙂 XOXOXOXO 🙂

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Wendyl ❤️
      That last song could have been sung by you back when you were very young. 😉
      I am going to make the most of this break. There are a ton of outdoor projects that need to be addressed.

  4. Pat Conant

    Finally have time to listen to some of the medleys I missed this spring. Loved all these ladies of the 60’s, especially Lesley Gore. Her song surely foretold of women’s lib to come.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Glad you’re catching up with the music, Pat! 🙂


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