Wednesday, September 24, 2008

She's Tyler Moore, She's Mary: Girl Groups

Before we were En Vogue, needed T.L.C, or Destiny had a child there were these divas of all divas.

The Emotions

The Emotions were a soul/disco singing group that hailed from Chicago. Their association with Maurice White of Earth Wind of Fire helped to spring them into success in the late 1970s and into the early 80s. Here they are singing their 1977 #1 Hit "Best of My Love". I can't help but dance when I hear this.

Spawned from the 60s girl group Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles, this soul/funk group was made up of Patti as well as Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx. Labelle was known for their brash sexuality and outlandish space-age costumes. Below is their most famous hit, 1974's "Lady Marmalade". Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? Nothing like a song about a Creole hooker.

The Supremes

The Boss Miss Ross , Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson were Motown's most commercially succesful group at the time with twelve number one singles peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their glamorous looks paired with Diana's silky smooth vocals made for quite the crossover success, largely appealing to white audiences. Below, The Supremes sing their 1967 hit "Reflections" followed by the showtune "The Lady is a Tramp". By this time Cindy Birdsong had replaced Flo. Here, all that glitters IS gold. Diana's shoulder movements are a force of nature...

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