The Crystals

American vocal group

The Crystals are a New York City based musical group. They were one of the defining acts during the girl group era of the 1960s.

The Crystals
Background information
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresPop, R&B
Years active1961–1967; 1971-present
LabelsPhilles Records
MembersDolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew
Patricia Pritchett-Lewis
Melissa Antoinette "MelSoulTree" Grant
Past member(s)Barbara Alston
Mary Thomas
Myrna Girard
Patricia "Patsy" Wright
Dolores "LaLa" Brooks
Frances Collins
Darlene Love

They formed in 1961 with five girls: Barbara Alston, Mary Thomas, Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew, Myrna Giraud and Patricia "Patsy" Wright. The group were later joined by Darlene Love for a short time. Dee Dee Kenniebrew still performs in the group, now a trio.

Their 1961–1964 chart hits, included "There's No Other (Like My Baby)", "Uptown", "He's Sure the Boy I Love", "He's a Rebel", "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" and "Then He Kissed Me". Phil Spector was their producer from 1962.

One of their numbers in 1962, by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, was "He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)". It was based on their babysitter's account. It was withdrawn after complaints to radio stations over the lyrics.[1]

The recordings had three successive female lead singers, and were all produced by Phil Spector. The latter three songs were originally ranked #267,[2] #114, and #493 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3] However, two songs were dropped from the magazine's 2010 update.[4]

Discography change

Studio albums change

  • Twist Uptown (1962)
  • He's a Rebel (1963)

Combilations change

  • The Crystals Sing the Greatest Hits, Volume 1 (1963)
  • The Best of the Crystals (1992)
  • Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals (2011)

Singles change

  • "There's No Other (Like My Baby)" / "Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby" (1961)
  • "Uptown" / "What a Nice Way to Turn Seventeen" (1962)
  • "He Hit Me (and It Felt like a Kiss)" / "No One Ever Tells You" (1962)
  • "He's a Rebel" / "I Love You Eddie" (1962)
  • "He's Sure the Boy I Love" / "Walkin' Along (La La La)" (1962)
  • "(Let's Dance) The Screw - Part 1" / "(Let's Dance) The Screw - Part 2" (1963)
  • "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" / "Git' It" (1963)
  • "Then He Kissed Me" / "Brother Julius" (1963)
  • "I Wonder" / "Little Boy" (1964)
  • "Little Boy" / "Harry (From West Virginia) and Milt" (1964)
  • "All Grown Up" / "Irving (Jaggered Sixteenths)" (1964)
  • "You Can't Tie a Good Girl Down" / "My Place" (1965)
  • "I Got a Man" / "Are You Trying to Get Rid of Me" (1966)
  • "Ring-A-Ting-A-Ling" / "Should I Keep On Waiting" (1967)

References change

  1. AllMusic: The Crystals
  2. "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  3. "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Archived from the original on 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  4. "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Archived from the original on 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2012-12-13.