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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The Crystals - There's No Other (Like My Baby)

On this day October 30, 1961 the Crystals released "Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby" b/w "There's No Other (Like My Baby)." 


The B-side became their first hit, peaking at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first single on Philles Records, a label that derived its name by combining the first names of owners Phil Spector and Les(ter) Sill.  Barbara Alston is on lead vocals. The song was composed by Phil Spector and Leroy Bates.

The Crystals follow up, "Uptown", reached the American Top Ten early in 1962 buth their third disc, "He Hit me" was withdrawn shortyly after release following objections to its title, whereupon Spector issued the the classic "He's A Rebel" which topped the American charts in
November, 1961 and ushered in the so-called Spector Sound. Ironically this recording did not feature the real Crystals but an LA session group led by Darlene Love.

The Crystals were an American girl group formed in 1960, whose original members were Barbara Alston (b. 1943, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.), Merna Girard (b. 1943, Brooklyn), Delores (“Dee Dee”) Kenniebrew (b. 1945, Brooklyn), Mary Thomas (b. 1946, Brooklyn), and Pattie Wright (b. 1945, Brooklyn). Girard was replaced by Delores (“Lala”) Brooks (b. 1946, Brooklyn) in 1962. (Info various)

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