Girl Groups

Favorite Girl Groups &
Songs of the '50s & '60s


Girl Group song lyrics were centered around that perfect guy.

Tucked between the early street corner Doo Wop groups and the mid-60s British invasion was the phenomenon known as the Girl Groups.

With names like the Teen Queens, Chantels, the Ronettes, Shangri-Las, Shirelles, and The Crystals, they offered vocal harmonies that was eagerly embraced by a wide audience. 

Starting in 1958, all-Girl Groups became more visible and started to hit the charts with regularity.


A Video Tribute to 60s Girl Groups.

Dressed in pink prom dresses and behive hairdos, three ladies from the present pay tribute to 60s girl-group pop. 

Take time to smile a little and watch Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, and Christina Applegate in a 60s medley from 2009 All-Star Special.

Continue below for more content and videos.


Girl Group records addressed themes of special importance to teenage girls.

It marked the first time a music was centered around adolescent girls, with lyrics that were mostly innocent and naive – of the “girl–dealing-with-boy” variety. 

This was an exciting era where teenagers were becoming a significant group and the girl group sound and style would occupy a prominent position, emerging in 1956 and dominating the pop charts from 1960 to 1963.

Most girl  singers really were girls, with ages ranging from early teens to eighteen in the most popular groups.


Song lyrics were centered around that perfect guy.

Most of their songs, from the Dixie Cups' “Chapel of Love” to the Angels' “My Boyfriend’s Back” and the Chiffons "He's So Fine," focused on the males in their lives and the promise of a satisfying relationship with that perfect guy.

As countless broken-hearted teenage girls cried into their pillows, the "Chantels" delivered an exciting sound in 1958, the year the song "Maybe" rose to #15 on the pop charts, and #2 on the R&B charts.

The song would set the standard for many other harmony groups.

The era of the male Doo-wop was not fading, however, the Girl Groups were definitely moving the spotlight.

The "Chantels" deeply romantic and melancholy declarations of unrequited love, resembled in some ways, the sweet voiced sounds of the urban black teenage boys singing street corner doo-wop under the lights.  

Songwriters and record producers took notice that something new was in play. A female voice was emerging despite all the talented male groups and singers.

The era of the male Doo Wop was not fading, however,  the "girls" were definitely moving the spotlight.


Female songwriters were co-writing hit songs for the all Girl Singers.

A number of Girl Group hit songs were co-written by female songwriters, including Carole King and Ellie Greenwich. Rock and Roll had a new female sound that was producing a string of hits.

If, up to that point, male voices and male songwriters dominated the popular music scene, things were changing.

Studio Session Players - A big reason songs become hits.


I have long been a big fan of Session players (studio musicians).   Most notable was a group of session players known as The Wrecking Crew from Los Angeles.  

The Girl singers rarely if ever performed material they had written themselves and rarely if ever played the instruments featured on their recordings, a job left to studio musicians.

This was also true of other famous bands and artists.  For example, The Wrecking Crew performed on all the Beach Boys biggest hits.

Brian Wilson requested these players after hearing the magic they created on Phil Spector productions like Be My Baby, Da Doo Ron Ron and He's a Rebel. 

So the lady doo-woppers had their day in the sun, as the gentlemen doo-woopers had had before them.  And then exited the stage.


You might also like these...



Enjoy this page? Share it with your friends!

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Return to Home Page.




FTC Disclosure: If you make a purchase via a link on this site, I may receive a small commission on the transaction - at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

Vinyl Record Memories Newsletter

Go to Vinyl Record Memories Newsletter Sign up page.

A Little Bit of Nostalgia in your inbox each month.

SignUp Today



"My Boyfriend's Back "
and...
"You're gonna be in trouble."



This story reveals how an altercation between 2 teens resulted in a #1 song for The Angels.   Read the finger pointing story here.



The Locomotion Cover
Plus The Original



This song was #1 for Little Eva in 1962, and the cover version was so popular by Kylie Minogue that it spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles chart. Listen to the original 45rpm recording and watch the best dance version ever!  Read more.



Nora Jones
A Music Tribute to Elvis.


A Nora Jones perfect cover of this Elvis classic at Vinyl Record Memories.com

Of the many Elvis Presley love songs, Norah Jones adds her personal touch and sings one of the best covers of this original by Elvis. Read more...



Don't Break the Heart
That Loves You.



This haunting ballad is about a plea from a heartbroken teenager trying to understand why her boyfriend is going out of his way to treat her unkindly. Read more...



I Can Hear Music
Beach Boys Cover Song



This cover is simply incredible. Kathy's vocal is strong and true, such a beautiful collaboration with Kathy Troccoli and the Beach Boys. A really nice "Feel Good" love song.



A Beach Boys Classic
"Don't Worry Baby"



What a treat, watching Lorrie Morgan and The Beach Boys sing together. A country voice with a sexy tone covering an old Beach Boys song hit the spot. Come with me...Enjoy



Pink Shoe Laces
A Soda Shop Classic.



Pink Shoe Laces was a cute # 3 hit song for 13 year old Dodie Stevens in 1959. Forty years later she performs with her daughter in a 1999 special called "Rock-n-Roll Graffiti" and WOW! Check it out!