On this day 60 years ago, this was the Number One song on the Billboard chart:
The Shirelles were the first all-female group to have the top song on the Billboard chart. The song was written by the husband and wife duo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The two were married from 1959 to 1969 and were a prolific song-writing pair.
King, born Carol Joan Klein, later made 25 solo albums including the hugely successful Tapestry which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years. As I have written here before, Dr. Zal and I were obsessed with the Billboard Top 40 charts in the early 1970s. Being of that era, and not being wealthy, we focused on 45s and not albums as the former were less expensive. We never would have, or could have, made our own Top 40 album charts as we did for 45s.
After much success on the Scepter label from 1960 to 1963, with songs like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Mama Said,” “Baby It’s You” (one of my favorites from that era) and “Soldier Boy,” the Shirelles never had another Top 40 single. The “British invasion” as well as “competition” from other all-female groups like the Supremes are often cited as reasons why their popularity declined.
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